Born in the Poltava region of Ukraine, Vladimir Sirenko made his conducting debut at Kiev Philharmonic Hall in 1983. He graduated from the Kiev Conservatoire in 1989 and was a finalist at the International Conducting Competition in Prague in 1990. A year later, he was appointed chief conductor and artistic director of the Ukrainian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Since 1999 he has been the artistic director and chief conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Sirenko has premiered many works by Ukrainian composers and recorded over 50 albums including the GRAMMY®-nominated Requiem for Larissa by Valentin Silvestrov in 2005.
He has conducted worldwide in renowned concert halls and has worked with many orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow and the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Katowice, the Bratislava Radio Symphony, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic of Russia, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He is professor of opera and symphonic conducting at the National Music Academy of Ukraine.