B i o g r a p h y
David Ordovskiy was born in August 1989 in Kiev, Ukraine, and grew up in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Mr. Ordovskiy’s musical studies began at age five with recorder flutes, along with intensive solfege and dictation to lay a quality foundation. His first performance was at age six; soon after, at age seven, Mr. Ordovskiy gave his solo with orchestra debut, which was a performance a Sammartini Recorder Concerto movement with the Saint Petersburg Court Chapel Orchestra. In addition, at age six, Mr. Ordovskiy began supplemental studies in piano. Mr. Ordovskiy’s first international engagement was the Coast of Hope International Competition in Albena, Bulgaria, in 1996. Since then, throughout his flute studies with Alexander Kiskachi and piano studies with Tamara Poddubnaya up to the end of middle school, Mr. Ordovskiy has performed and competed in Israel, Germany and Netherlands. Mr. Ordovskiy elected to pursue flute as his major by age fifteen, and after two years at the Rimsky-Korsakoff Conservatory Special High School of Music in Saint Petersburg, he was accepted to Idyllwild Arts Academy in California with a full scholarship, studying with Sara Andon.
While in Idyllwild, in 2007, Mr. Ordovskiy won the 3rd prize in the LISMA Foundation International Music Competition, held at the Long Island Conservatory, NY. In 2009, Mr. Ordovskiy graduated from Idyllwild with the second highest GPA in his class and continued his flute studies at the Mannes School of Music in New York, joining Judith Mendenhall’s studio. Throughout his undergraduate years at Mannes, Mr. Ordovskiy has performed as a soloist and orchestral musician at major NYC venues such as the Stern Auditorium and Weill Hall at Carnegie, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Club, Neue Galerie, the Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Opera House. In 2012, Mr. Ordovskiy travelled to Belgium to join William Bennett’s Summer Flute School in Bruges, Belgium. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree with honors and the Excellence in Performance Award in 2013, Mr. Ordovskiy began his Master’s Degree studies at Mannes on a full merit-based scholarship.
In the following years, Mr. Ordovskiy won the 1st and 3rd prizes in the New York Flute Club competition (2015 and 2014 respectively), as well as the Mannes Concerto Competition, making his New York City debut as soloist with orchestra in October 2015. Mr. Ordovskiy has completed his Master’s Degree in 2015 and gone on to pursue the Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes. Since his graduation in 2017 with the Dean’s Award, Mr. Ordovskiy has been enjoying an exciting and eventful career as a soloist and orchestral musician. In June 2017, Mr. Ordovskiy was invited as a guest artist with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, where he continues to perform both as guest Principal Flute and Second Flute. His recent engagements include solo appearances with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, guest performances at the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, and appearances as guest Principal and Second Flute with the American Ballet Theatre, Handel Society of Dartmouth College, The Orchestra Now, and others. An active supporter of new music, Mr. Ordovskiy has collaborated with the International Contemporary Ensemble on a U.S. premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone, and given performances of music written by Lowell Liebermann, Robert Cuckson, Bruce Saylor, and others.