Conductor: Sergey Sidorenko
Sidorenko is a graduate of the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and has been conducting the Moscow International Choir since 2002. He completed his degree in choral conducting that same year, and his degree in opera-symphonic directing in 2006. He trained at the Bolshoi Theater from 1999 to 2001. In 2004, he worked at the national opera of Lyons, France while they performed Dmitri Shostakovich’s operetta “Moscow-Cheryomushki," and worked in the royal opera of Stockholm, Sweden on Tchaikovsky’s “Evgeny Onegin,” the following year. Since 2001, he has directed the Swedish embassy’s choir.
We have taken our inspiration from two British journalists who established the Moscow Oratorio in December of 1993, but we took our name from the diplomatic corps choir, which was established in Moscow over 15 years ago.
When we decided to create a new choir, we developed a new mission statement:
We, the members of Moscow International Choir, have gathered to create an amateur choir for enthusiastic singers to sing and to socialize.
In the spirit of that same tradition, the main objective of this choir is to encourage friendship through the medium of music.
Sergei Sidorenko is at the helm of the Moscow International Choir's musical direction. We also invite professional singers to instruct us on singing techniques and collaborate with talented soloists during our concert preparations.
We perform a wide range of music, including works of classical composers, as well as pop, jazz, folk, and show tunes. Our range has included Bach and Bernstein as well as Rachmaninoff and Rutter. During our May 2001 concert, we performed "Frostiana - Seven Country Songs" written by Randall Thompson to the poetry of Robert Frost and "Go Down Moses" to an arrangement by Mark Hines, among other compositions.
With two rehearsal seasons a year - typically in the fall (Sept - Dec) and spring (Jan - May) - the MIC performs at least two concerts a year for charitable purposes.