Biography

Eugen Verbetsky was born on the 4th October 1936, in the village Mocra, Râbniţa district. His mother, Maria Verbetsky, was a teacher and his father a farmer, which played well on different instruments: guitar, balalaika, and tuba. Their family was formed from of three children: Eugen was the biggest, his brother Valeriu (born in 1939) and little sister Tamara (born in 1944). In 1959, after finishing Ukrainian middle school, Eugen Verbetsky applied for studies at the Music College from Chișinău, where he studied clarinet with Vasile Povzun and Nicolae Iordatii. Since 1955, Euge Verbetsky continued to study clarinet at the State Conservatoire “G. Musicescu” (1955-1961), with his first teacher, Vasile Povzun. He studied musical-theoretical curses with A. Abramovici, B. Kotlearov, L. Axionov (music history), G. Borş (harmony and theory), I. Miliutina (musical forms). In 1957 he was invited by Timofei Gurtovoi in the Symphony Orchestra of National Philarmony.

After finishing Conservatory “G. Musicescu” (1961), he continued post-degree studies at the State Conservatory „N. A. Rimski-Korsakov” (Sankt-Petersburg, Russia) with Vladimir Gensler (1906–1963) and Vladimir Krasavin (1917–1994). In the same year, he started to work as a lecturer at the Wind instruments department at the Conservatory “G. Musicescu” (Chisinau, Republic of Moldova). In 1963, Eugen Verbetsky had participated in the National Competition for Young Musician, where he won IInd prize. In December he participated at the Union Competition for Wind Instruments. After the sudden death of his professor Vladimir Gensler, he continued to study clarinet with Vladimir Krasavin. On year after graduation (1966) Eugen Verbetsky was employed at the State Institute of Arts “G. Musicescu”, being appointed as senior lecturer. In addition, he continued to work in the Symphony Orchestra of the National Philarmony (since 1982). On the 22nd of September 1967, for great performances, Eugen Verbetsky was awarded the title Honored Artist of the Republic of Moldova. As a result of his vast artistic activity, Eugen Verbetsky recorded many compositions in the gold fund of the NPBI “Teleradio-Moldova”. In 1976 at the studio “Telefilm-Chisinau”, was released the documentary movie “Evghenii Verbetsky”. Also, he recorded any compositions signed by K. Stamitz, A. Dimler, V. Rotaru şi V. Poleacov on a vinyl disc, on the studio “Melody”.

He collaborated with Ghita Strahilevici, Victor Levinzon, Serghei Covalenco, Nina Suntova (pianists), Sofia Propişcian, Boris Dubosarschi (violinists), Nicolae Tatarinov (cellist), Simion Vrinceanu (bassoonist), T. Gurtovoi, Gr. Schramko, B. Miliutin, A. Samoila, D. Goia, A. Gauk (conductors) etc. Since 1969, he worked as Associate Professor on the “Wind instruments” department, and since 1970, he has been head of this department at the State Institute of Arts “G. Musicescu”. Since 1982, he was employed as a university professor at the “Wind instruments” department. He had artistic tournaments at the Cuba, Moscow, Sankt-Petersburg, Erevan, Sofia, Romania, Tunisia etc. At the 4th of May 1991, he was awarded the title People’s Artist of the Republic of Moldova.

Besides, of the interpretative and pedagogical activity, Eugen Verbetsky had an editorial activity, publishing two collections of pieces for wind instruments. Among the transcriptions, we can mention: The Shepherd on the rock for clarinet and piano by F. Schubert, Morisca for clarinet and piano by D. Fedov, Sonata for flute and piano by J.S. Bach (arrangement for saxophone and piano) etc. Eugen Verbetsky wrote some methodical studies:

About clarinet primary studies;

The role of the breath in the wind instruments performances;

Clarinet history;

Requirements submitted to abiturientes at the wind instruments;

He participated with these works in the different national conferences, at the meetings of the Wind department of Sankt-Petersburg’s Conservatory, also at the pedagogical conferences at the music schools from Cuba, Bulgaria etc. Also, together with Simion Duja, he wrote 10 virtuosity studies on Moldavian themes for clarinet. On his own initiative was organized different national competitions of young performers in 1970, 1979, 1983. He was often appointed as president and jury member of various national and international competitions. He was the member of the Union of Musicians of the Republic of Moldova. He has educated around 100 disciples who nowadays fame him worldwide and works in the most prestigious collectives both in the country and abroad. Among his students are numerous laureates, Honored Artists, Ph.D. in art studies. Among the concertmasters of his class were N. Suntova, N. Coretcaia, E. Rogozenco, M. Moraru, S. Danilova, A. Criganuţa, L. Verbeţcaia.

Among, the many achievements of Eugen Verbetsky is the clarinet sextet Everans. In the repertoire of the sextet include Staccato dance and March dance by Grigoras Dinicu, Ragtime and Paraphrase on the themes of popular songs by O. Negrutsa, Rhapsody in Blue by J. Gershwin, Badinerie by J.S. Bach, Concerto for trumpet and piano by T. Albinoni (arrangement for trumpet and sextet) and others. Eugen Verbetsky died on the 22nd of May, 2007.