Theatre Bio Pre 2010

In 2008 Doug Macleod approached Yuri to write a musical about the life of Margaret Fulton. MFQOTD was performed at Theatreworks in St. Kilda to great reviews in 2012. Margaret herself attended opening night and Amy Lepalmer has gone on to star in The Sound of Music, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Dusty. Under the direction of Wesley Enoch and the dramaturgy of Louise Gough Queensland Theatre Company developed the work in 2015.

















Bondi High is a co-write with TV comedy legends Brendan Luno and Stephen Hall. Judd Field is partnering the writing of the music and lyrics. Over 20 songs have been written and there is a strong link between the Australia of the 60s and of contemporary times.


Illuminati Lizards from Outer Space is a concept developed with Paul Western-Pittard. This work is on the zeitgeist of popular culture exploring what it means to be human and explains the conspiracy theories that confront our times. A love story: comforting and disturbing in equal measure.

Recent Work:

2012 Composer "Bondarama" written by Stephen Hall and Michael Ward.

2008-10 Musical Director of the AusDance Awards

2007 Musical Director of the ABAF Awards

2005 Comic Relief Musical Director (televised seven network)

2003 Blithe Spirit MTC Production Music Producer

2003 National Institute of Circus Arts "Unleashed" Musical Director

2004 Honour MTC Production Music Producer

2004 National Institute of Circus Arts Musical Director

2001 Musical Director and composer for Centenary of Federation Concert in November in Canberra to be televised live by the ABC.

2002 Recording and Production for Love in the Age of Therapy

2001-2004 MIDI arrangement for the Richard Mills opera Batavia

2000 Performed electronics for Paris based Japanese Composer Karan Tanaka's Metal Synth at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival

2000 Record and Produce and edit music for the Opening and Closing Ceremomies of the Sydney Olympic Games (the Ned Kelly bit)

2000 Music Production Closing Ceremony of the Sydney Games (The tractor bit)

2000 Music Production and Recording for Paralympic Games


(very)Early Years:
Yuri’s interest in theatre began as an undergraduate at Flinders University (My Friends, MacBeth, Zora Zembrova’s Mime School). Under Wal Cherry Flinders was the place to be and students Yuri worked with included Gale Edwards and Jenny Hope.

As a post graduate at Melbourne University he was MD for the reviews featuring Steve Vizard, Magda Szubansky, Santo Cilero and Rob Sitch. The students Yuri associated with here became future colleagues working on TV shows like Full Frontal, Comedy Company and Utopia.

Funky Development Programming was written with Stephen Blackburn and Alan Pentland. It featured many songs and was performed at the Southern Cross Ballroom in Melbourne.
















"So You Want Blood" was a work by Jeannie Lewis and featured Paul Grabowsky and Red Symons.






Outer Sink was written with Los Trios Ringbarkus (Steve Kearney and Neill Galdwyn) and directed, devised and staged by the legendary Nigel Triffit (xxx,xxx). It toured in the UK, Holland, Belgium, Canada and the US.














After Outer Sink Yuri embarked on a European and American tour as MD and composer with Circus Oz.




After years of touring Yuri settled down to be resident composer/ MD at The Last Laugh and composed for Dizzy Spells (Gina Riley) Sunburn the Day After (Jane Turner, Wendy Harmer)and Let's Talk Backwards (D-Gen/ Working Dog)

















In 1990 Yuri landed the job as MD of the inaugural televised Comedy Festival Gala and has worked on every single one since. Over the years Yuri has worked with Bea Arthur, Tiny Tim, Terry Jones, Lenny Henry and 








Music Production:

When there was a recording industry and there was money for orchestras Yuri produced records for Sony and Polydor. The first two Warlow records went Platinum and earned Yuri ARIA awards for both production and engineering. Yuri's production of "Music of the Night" was Andrew Lloyd Weber's favourite and featured on his hand picked international Greatest Hits

Kinesound was responsible for Digital Editing and music production for: Melbourne Theatre Company, Nigel Triffit's Moby Dick, Phantom of the Opera, High Society, Cats, Aspects of Love, M Butterfly, 5 Guys Named Moe.


1996 & 1999: Sound designer for Joining The Chorus (Vic Schools.