Meet The Performers

Visiting Artist

Valeriy Yavor

A native of Kaliningrad, Russia Valeriy Yavor graduated from the Belarusian Academy of Music, right after which he joined the Belarusian State Symphony as a flutist. Valeriy became fascinated with Belarusian folk music and in 1988 became a soloist in the orchestra of Khoroshki, a prominent Belarusian folk dance company.

After moving to the United States, he participated in From Russia with Love - concert series with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin in January of 2009. Mr. Yavor has already participated in the Beyond the Score of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2007, the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2010, Toronto Symphony and Colorado Music Festival in 2011.

Valeriy Yavor has participated in numerous international festivals in Russia, France, Germany, Holland, Spain, Italy, Guatemala, the United States and is currently a freelance musician around metropolitan Chicago.

The Dudka is an old Slavic folk wind instrument made of wood or cane. It has numerous holes and a whistle.

The double Dudka is two Dudkas combined into one by a joint whistle.

The Zhaleika is an old Slavic reed instrument, whose tube is made of wood and the bell is made of goat’s horn.

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