Yuriy Mynenko was born on March 3, 1979 in the city of Radomyshl (Zhitomir region, Ukraine). He studied at Radomyshl music school (piano, 1987 1994), at Zhitomir Musical College (choir conducting, 1994 1998) and at Odessa State Musical Academy named after A.V.Nezhdanova (solo singing, 1998 2004) with Associate Professor Yuriy Teterya, first as a baritone and later as a countertenor. After finishing the postgraduate course (2004 2007, class of Y.E.Teterya) Yuriy has taught solo singing at the Academy since 2007 till 2010.
Yuriy had successfully participated in many vocal competitions: The All-Ukrainian Competition Voice of Ukraine laureate (Kiev, Ukraine, 2001), The International Slavic Fest laureate (Paris, France, 2001), The XL Francisco Vinas International Singing Contest special prize The Best Countertenor (Barselona, Spain, 2002), The III International Competition for young vocalists Nightingales Fair named after A.Solovianenko first prize (Donetsk, Ukraine, 2004), The VI International competition for young opera singers named after N.Rimsky-Korsakov second prize (St.Petersburg, Russia, 2004), International Singing Contest of Italian Opera Competizione dell'Opera finalist and award winner (Dresden, Germany, 2007), International competition for opera singers Cardiff Singer of the World finalist (Cardiff, Wales, Great Britain, 2009).
Since his time as a student Yuriy regularly performs in Ukraine and abroad he toured in Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy and France as a member of the Choir Capella of the Mechnikov Odessa National University, and gave solo recitals in Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Israel and USA. He performed with orchestras under such conductors as Andrey Reshetin, Vasily Petrenko, Igor Shavruk, Vladimir Dikiy, Roman Kofman, Mikhail Yurovsky, Simon Halsey, Andris Nelsons, Andrea Marchiol, Grant Gershon, Paul Daniel, Dan Ettinger, Diego Fasolis and Alan Curtis.
Among Yuriy’s stage engagements are parts in baroque and classical operas and oratorios: Annio in La Clemenza di Tito by W.A.Mozart (Rokokotheater, Schwetzingen, Germany), Eustasio in Rinaldo by G.F.Händel (Opéra de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland), Corrado in Griselda by A.Vivaldi (Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA), David in David by F.B.Conti (Maastricht, Kampen, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Netherlands), alto in Messiah by G.F.Händel (Pool, Dorset, Great Britain) and also Sonnets sur un poème de Louise Labé by M.A.Dalbavie (Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain) the piece by contemporary composer written especially for countertenor voice.
Yuriy's vocal range of more than three octaves ( G b'' ) allows him to sing baroque opera parts written for castrato singers as well as classical and romantic opera parts and also contemporary music. His repertoire includes works by Caccini, Ñesti, Rossi, Bononcini, Caldara, Vivaldi, Bach, Händel, Araja, Haydn, Pergolesi, Gluck, Mozart, Cherubini, Rossini, Schubert, Bellini, Glinka, Carissimi, Karłowicz, Brahms, Marcello, Stradella, Bortnyansky and Gounod.