Mandate and History

Searching for the new musical trends of our times at home and abroad.
Discovering the masterpieces new and forgotten.
Connecting them to their antecedents and presenting them to our public.

The Yarilo Music Ensemble proudly takes its name from the celebrated piano composition by the late Russian-Canadian composer, Nikolai Korndorf. After the composer’s untimely death, our ensemble adopted the name as part of its aim to keep his legacy alive. “Yarilo” was the pagan Slavic god of Spring, fertility, and the annual cycle associated with a bountiful harvest: life, death and rebirth. In Slavic folklore, Yarilo is depicted as a handsome youth on a horse who ages and dies by the end of summer, only to be reborn in the New Year.