Jurij Galatenko comes from Kiev. He graduated in choral, opera and symphonic conducting at the National Music Academy of Ukraine. Since 1998 he has been the choirmaster of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava. He is the Artistic Director of the professional vocal ensemble Canticum Ostrava which was established in 2003 for the festival Ostrava Days and which appears at diverse important musical projects (such as Janáčeks May). Since 2002, Jurij has been the choirmaster of the Singing Association of Female Ostrava Teachers with which he regularly wins at international competitions. Additionally, he is active as a tutor of conducting at the Ostrava University and as a lector at many choirmaster courses as well as member of juries at competitions.