International Yiddish Conference & Retreat

Alexander Fedoriouk: Ethnomusicologist, Ukraine and Moldavia, Eastern Europe

Alexander Fedoriouk

Alexander Fedoriouk began playing the cimbalom at the age of 7 in his home-town of Kolomyia, Ukraine. Growing up in the Carpathian mountains, he played at weddings in mountain villages in Ukraine and Moldavia. He studied music at the Kolomyia Music School, Chernivsty Musical College and received his Bachelor’s degree in music from The Kiev State Conservatory. He has performed as a soloist with The New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Johnstown Symphony, Youngstown Youth Orchestra, New York Chamber Ensemble, The Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, Troisty Muzyky Folk Ensemble, The Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, The Duquesne University Tamburitzans and Cheres. He appeared in the Ukrainian musical movies, Pisne Kalynova and Namysto Dlia Berehyni. He received awards at the national competition on folk instruments in 1987 and 1991 in Ukraine, and in Nebraska in 1997.
Since he has been in the United States he has been featured as a soloist on a number of recordings: The Art of the Cimbalom (Traditional Crossroads), Harmonia (Traditional Crossroads), Cheres – From the Mountains to the Steppes (B Sharp Records), Unblocked (Ellipsis Records), The World in Our Backyard (Chubby Dragon) and Klezsqueese (Bon Air). He has recorded with Nigel Pulsford of Bush, legendary jazz flautist Herbie Mann and performed in Carnegie hall with John Cale of the Velvet Undeground.