Vladimir Gorbik (b. 1970) began his musical studies in Yekaterinburg, Russia, and continued them at the Moscow State Conservatory, completing a specialization in choral conducting in 1998 and in orchestral conducting in 2000. Since 1996 he has served as the choir director at the Moscow Respresentation Church (Metochion) of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery, and since 1998 has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of the professional men’s chorus formed at the Metochion. With this choir he has made more than a dozen outstanding recordings, of both liturgical services and concert programs. The choir has on numerous occasions sung at Patriarchal services in the Dormition Cathedral in the Kremlin, and they accompanied Patriarch Alexy II on his trip to the Holy Land in 2000. The repertoire of the Metochion’s Men’s Chorus cultivates the finest repertoire and interpretive traditions of the Moscow School and the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. For his outstanding achievements and service, he has received an award of recognition (gramota) from the Patriarch, and the medal of the Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh, 2nd Degree. In September 2012, he was appointed to the conducting faculty of the Moscow State Conservatory. Since then he was awarded awarded a “Blessed Letter of Commendation” by Merkuriy, Metropolitan of Rostov and Novocherkassk , chairman of the Synodal Department for Religious Education and Catechesis of the Russian Orthodox Church, for the January 29, 2014 participation of the Men’s Choir of the Moscow Representation of Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery (Lavra) in the Kremlin Concert Hall and the Concert Hall of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in the context of the XXII International Christmas Educational Readings.
Praise for Gorbik
“Going to the concert in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory… I expected that I would encounter the extremely talented conductor and composer, Vladimir Gorbik, that I would hear genuine musical artistry, but the concert exceeded all my expectations…”
“During the past 15 years Vladimir Gorbik has shown himself to be a marvelous musician and conductor. [Displaying] economy and clarity of gesture, hand movements that are totally focused upon the character of the music being performed, a variety of techniques for evoking the choral sound, he directs the choir expressively, emotionally, and freely. The choir in turn sounds rich, balanced, and replete with dynamic nuances.”
“Saying that ‘this concert was the high point in the cultural life of Moscow’ may sound trite. But the concert by the Choir of the Moscow Representation Church [under Vladimir Gorbik’s direction] has truly proven to be an event of great magnitude. Speaking for myself, I can affirm that this was the best choral concert that I have had occasion to hear in recent years… The Choir of the Representation Church in its current state can be favorably likened to two other great Russian choirs of the past—the Moscow Synodal Choir under the direction of Vasily Orlov and Nikolai Danilin [early 1900s] and the Don Cossack Choir under Serge Jaroff.”
“I have known the name of this extraordinary musician for a long time. His performance of [my work] was absolutely brilliant…. It was a truly regal gift!”