Yuriy Mynenko was born in the city of Radomyshl (Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine). In his early years, he studied piano and choral conducting. Later he continued his education at Odessa State Musical Academy, where he studied solo singing with Yuriy Teterya, first as a baritone and later as a countertenor. After finishing the postgraduate course, Yuriy taught solo singing at the Academy from 2007 to 2010.
Mynenko has successfully participated in many international vocal competitions; in particular, he was the first Ukrainian singer and the
first countertenor in the history of the programme to reach the final of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.
Mynenko’s stage engagements have included parts in Baroque, Classical and Romantic operas: Xbalanque in The Indian Queen by Purcell, Corrado in Griselda by Vivaldi, leading roles in Handel’s Rinaldo, Ariodante and Scipione, and David in Saul, Ratmir in Ruslan and Lyudmila by Glinka, and Lel in The Snow Maiden by Rimsky-Korsakov.
In concert, he has performed in Conti’s David, Isacco figura del Redentore by Jommelli, Handel’s Messiah, Gluck’s La clemenza di Tito by C. W. Gluck, Giulietta e Romeo by Zingarelli, Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater, both Handel’s and Scarlatti’s Salve Regina and The Leaden Echo by Desyatnikov. Death in Venice is Mynenko's debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.