Volodymyr Sirenko has been compared to eminent conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen and Simon Rattle by the international press. He made his conducting debut at the Kyiv Philharmonic Lysenko Column Hall in 1983, and in 1990 was a finalist at the International Conducting Competition in Prague. A year later, he was appointed as chief conductor and artistic director of the Ukrainian Radio Symphony Orchestra, a position he held until 1999. During this period he made over 300 recordings that are kept in the Ukrainian Radio archives.
He has served as the artistic director and chief conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine since 1999. He has recorded over 50 albums, including Silvestrov’s Requiem for Larissa which was nominated for a GRAMMY Award in 2004, and has premiered many works by Ukrainian composers such as Silvestrov and Stankovych. Sirenko has worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Philharmonic of Russia and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.