Born in Leningrad, he studied music and the violin from the age of 4. In 1954 he graduated as conductor from the Leningrad Conservatory. He studied with Nathan Rachlin and Kurt Sanderling. Invitations to conduct leading Russian orchestras followed, including the Leningrad Philharmonic and the Bolshoi Theatre.
After conducting in Petrozavodsk and Saratov, he was assigned to the Yaroslavl Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra 1956-1964, performing symphonic cycles by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky alongside Soviet music such as the works of Aram Khachaturian and Tikhon Khrennikov.
Immediate invitations followed to conduct and tour with major orchestras: the London Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Teatro Alla Scala and others.
From 1975 to 1986 he was Chief Conductor of the Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra (Guerzenich) and from 1982 to 1987 Chief Conductor of the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Simultaneously Yuri Ahronovitch was also an opera conductor. He conducted at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden, the Lyric Opera in Chicago, important Italian opera houses and Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana), the Royal Opera in Stockholm, Cologne Opera, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. He made a number of premiere recordings, mainly with the London Symphony, the Stockholm Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
Yuri Ahronovitch was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music from 1984, and in 1987 he was decorated by the King of Sweden as "Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star".
In 1988 in Jerusalem he was awarded the "Ettinger Prize for the Arts". In Italy Yuri Ahronovitch was awarded the prize "Arca d'Oro 1991" by the leading Italian newspaper La Stampa and the University of Turin. Yuri Ahronovitch conducted at numerous international music festivals, such as Bergen, Bregenz, Canary Islands, Florida, Israel, Locarno, Luzern, Munich, Savonnlina, Spoleto, Stresa, and Verona. He conducted his last concert with the Orchestre de Paris in October 2002.
- Rachmaninov - The Piano Concertos & Paganini Rhapsody
- Shostakovich - Symphony No.1
- Khachaturian - Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia
- Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture, Marche Slav, Romeo & Juliet/London Symphony Orchestra (MCA Classics); Manfred Symphony/London Symphony Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon)
- Материал подготовлен на основе книги "Современные дирижеры", М. 1969 Archived December 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- High fidelity 22 7-12 1972 Yuri Aranovich, cond. (in the symphony). Melodiya/ Angel SR 40192,55.98. ... Aranovich manages better this any other conductor to stress the link between the "funeral march" motive of the third movement and the ..."
- The new records: 40-41 1972 Yuri Aranovich presses this music gloriously and elicits a fine performance from the Moscow Radio Symphony. He may have understated the first movement a bit ... "
| Principal Conductor, State Symphony Capella of Russia
| Kapellmeister, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne
| Principal Conductor, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra