Tarashchenko was born in Kyrgyzstan in 1947.
When he completed the Lviv Music School,
the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. He studied
with Professor Gugo Tits. He finished the
conservatory in 1979.
During 1982-83, he further studied to perfect his interpretative skills in Milano with Giulietta
From 1978 to 1992, Tarashchenko was a leading soloist
of the Moscow Academic Stanislavsky Nemirovich-Danchenko
Musical Theater. There he sang with such conductors as
Mikhail Yurovsky and Dmitry Kitaenko and collaborated with
directors Lev Mikhailov and Harry Kupfer.
Since 1992, Tarashchenko
sings at the Bolshoi.
His Bolshoi repertory includes: German, Vodemon, Beppo, Andrey (Mazeppa), Turiddu, Vladimir (Prince Igor), Lensky,
Grigory, Shuisky , Radames, Paolo ( Francesca da Rimini's Rachmaninov), Young Gypsy (Aleko). Cavaradossi, Ismaele, Calaf,
Grishka Kuterma, ...
In 1995, he took part in the premiere of the first Bolshoi production of Dmitry Shostakovich’s version of Khovanshchina
(conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, director Boris Pokrovsky), singing the part of Andrei Khovansky.
Trashchenko took part in many tours.
From 1993, Trashchenko made frequent appearances in leading opera houses where he has sung the following, among other,
roles: Grigory at the Teatro Comunale, Florence (conductor Vladimir Fedoseyev, title role – Ruggiero Raimondi,
Marina Mnishek – Olga Borodina); he sang in the same production, in Paris, with Paata Burchuladze; in Nice, with Ruggiero Raimondi;
in San Sebastian, with Yevgeny Nesterenko and Lyudmila Shemchuk; and at Vienna State Opera (Cavalleria rusticana on March 25, 1994).
At the Teatro Comunale,
Firenze, he sang at the premiere of The Tale of Tsar Saltan (1997, Gvidon).
He sang Calaf at the Dresden State Opera.
In the 1998/99 season, he appeared at the Festival of French Radio, in Montpellier, in Mascagni’s Parisina.
In 2000, he sang
German for the Welsh National Opera (conductor Vladimir Yurovsky, director Richard Jones). He later sang this role at Covent Garden
(2001), at the Norwegian Opera (Oslo), at the Lyon Opéra (2003), at the Monnaie, Bruxelles (2005).
In 2005, he sang Otello and German at La Scala, Otello at the Glyndebourne Festival and, the next year, he sang
Grigory at the Monte Carlo Opera.
In 2007, he sang Agrippa of Nettesheim (The Fiery Angel) at the Monnaie, Bruxelles
(conductor Kazushi Ono, director Richard Jones)
His recordings include: Iolanta (Bmg Ricordi, 1994), Aleko (Le Chant du Monde, 1994),
Francesca da Rimini (Rachmaninov Russian Season, 1994), May Night (Russian Season, 1995), Pique Dame
(Relief, 2002). He also recorded Parisina, but the recording was very nuch critiqued due
to the fact that his role was heavily cut because he apparently could not sustain the tessitura.
In 1982, he won 2nd prize at the International Ferenc Erkel and Zoltan Kodaly vocalist Competition, Budapest, and the prize for
the interpretation of an Erkel work in Hungarian.