Precentor of the Choir of the Trinity Lavra of St Sergius
Archdeacon Vasily Popadinets was born in Smolensk in 1978. He received formal music education. From 1996 to 2000, he studied at the Moscow Theological Seminary. In 2000, he was ordained as a Deacon, and in 2012 – as an Archdeacon. Has worked at the Trinity Lavra of St Sergius since 2004. In 2014, he was awarded a Patriarchal Diploma.
The Choir of the Trinity Lavra of St Sergius and Moscow theological schools was revived in 2007 with the blessing of Archbishop Feognost of Sergiev Posad, abbot of the Trinity Lavra of St Sergius. The Choir’s history is closely linked to the name of its choir master, Archimandrite Matthew (Mormyl) (1938–2009). By studying the history of liturgical singing in Russia, Archimandrite Matthew revived and brought back old liturgical chants, as well as forgotten works of church composers of the early 20th century.
The Choir performed at such venues as the Hall for Church Assemblies of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, and the State Kremlin Palace. It has toured throughout Russia (Volgograd, Kalyazin, Kostroma, the Moscow Oblast, Sochi), Armenia, India and other countries.
Prize-winner of the Moscow regional choral festival and competition Sveshnikov and the Modern Day, the International Male Choirs and Ensembles Festival Zharovsky Singing Assemblies, winner of the Russian Antarctic medal and the Bryusov medal of the Russian Center for International Scientific and Cultural Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.
The Choir recorded the works of Sergii Trubachev and Hieromonk Philip (Nesedov).