American composer, conductor, and organist Cyril Deaconoff, originally from Russia, was born in Moscow.
He attended Gnesine State Music College and is a graduate of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Composition and Conducting). In December 2006, Deaconoff completed his Doctoral degree in Conducting at Indiana University Bloomington, where he also studied composition with Sven-David Sandström. His other composition and orchestration teachers included Marina Kovaleva, Andrei Golovin, Alexander Pirumov, Yuri Butsko, Roman Ledeniov, Cindy Cox and Clint Bajakian. Deaconoff’s choral composition Two choruses for children’s voices with Lyrics by Maikov received one of the prizes at the Pushkin Composition Contest in 1998 and was subsequently performed at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, along with a number of his other works.
An active choral/orchestral conductor, Dr. Deaconoff was one of only sixteen conductors chosen by Chorus America to participate in the 2006 Beethoven Conducting Master Class with the Philadelphia Singers and their Music Director David Hayes, and Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Christoff Eschenbach. Cyril taught at Carroll College, Wisconsin and Indiana University. Several of his recent works, including cantata Canticles of Love, Despair, and Hope; A Northern Tale; and orchestral overture Symphonic Parallels have been recently published by E.C. Schirmer. A recording of Cyril Deaconoff’s recent work, Gloria, may be found on YouTube.
Other recent conducting projects included a performance of Stockhausen Stimmung with Voices of Silicon Valley in 2017, 1st performance of this modern masterwork in San Francisco in more than 30 years, and Bach Johannes-Passion with members of Philharmonia Baroque, California Bach Society and other SF Bay area groups. As an organist. Cyril has been invited to perform organ recitals throughout the West Coast of the US, including San Francisco’s Palace of the Legion of Honor.
Dr. Deaconoff’s recent work, String Quartet No.1, was selected by the San Jose Chamber Orchestra for their concert of contemporary music entitled Valley Voices. A concert of Cyril’s chamber instrumental, vocal, and choral music took place in San Francisco on May 25 2008. Dr. Deaconoff received commissions from the West Bay Opera and the Vallejo Choral Society. Cyril Deaconoff is currently Artistic Director of Voices of Silicon Valley, Music Director/Organist at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in San Francisco, Adjunct Faculty at Monterey Peninsula College and Music Director at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Belmont, California.
In November 2011 West Bay Opera in San Francisco Bay area presented a workshop performance of Cyril Deaconoff's new opera, The Last Tycoon, after F. Scott Fitzgerald.