Enthusiastic and passionate, Ilia Belianko waves the baton. From small ensemble to choirs of 100 members, from chamber orchestra to national orchestra. As an experienced conductor, he has a high regard for quality.
“Without music, life would be a mistake” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Talented at a young age
Born in 1974 in St.Petersburg Belianko attended his first piano lessons at the age of 5. Since then he has been studying the piano and singing in choirs. In The Rimsky-Korsakov Special School/College of Music (1982-1990) he started studying also choral conducting.
After making aliyah to Israel he accomplished his studies in Thelma Yalin School of Arts in Tel-Aviv (1990-1993). In 2001 he graduated from Jerusalem Academy of Music as an orchestral conductor (under the supervision of wonderful conductors: Mendy Rodan en Stanley Sperber). In 2006 he obtained his Diploma in Choral Conducting from Conservatorium van Amsterdam where he studied with Jos Vermunt, Jos van Veldhoven and Sam ten Velden.
Choirs and orchestras
In 1996 he started working with different choirs and orchestras as a conductor. Among the ensembles that he permanently worked with: Ma’ale Adumim Chamber Choir, Chamber Choir of the Music Academy in Jerusalem (where he was an assistent to maestro Stanley Sperber), Jerusalem’s vocal ensemble etc.
Since 2004 he lives and works in The Netherlands. Currently he is a chief conductor of Hineni Symphony Orchestra, Deventer Chamber Orchestra, Gelders Oratorium Choir, Flevoland’s Youth Symphony Orchestra, Voorhout’s Chamber Choir and others.
Belianko also is active as an arranger. Since 1996 he made dozens of arrangements of existing compositions or songs for different ensembels, choirs and orchestras. He also composes his own music.
He is a laureate of the international competition for conductors Riga-2005. Twice he won the scholarship from America-Israel Cultural Foundation: 1990 for piano and 1999 for choral conducting.