Yuri Sherling was born in Moscow in a family of artists. His mother was the first woman-conductor of the Leningrad Symphonic Orchestra.
Young Sherling had his debut in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and took piano lessons at the Musical Institute of Gnesins.
He took up dancing at the Bolshoy Theatre's Ballet Academy. At 18 he joined the wrold famous troupe of Moiseev's Dance Ensemble. At 20 he became the male lead at the Theatre of Stanislavske and Nemirovich-Danchenko. Already a solo-dancer, he threw away everything and left for directing.
In 1971 Sherling has had his first international success as a director. The first American musical at a Soviet stage was The Man from La Mancha.
In 1974 Sherling directed the Musical "Lead Price" by the play of the Cuban writer E. Quintero in the State Russian Theatre of Estonian SSR.
In 1977 Sherling founded his first theater - The Jewish Chamber Musical Theatre. The Jewish Chamber Musical Theater was to become the first in Soviet history to be a pure musical theatre in the world.
In 1985 at the end of the Brezhnev era, the Jewish theatre led by Sherling became a threat to official policy.
After a period of many difficulties, Sherling was removed from the theatre he had established in 1985.
Sherling lives for long periods in the West. He co-directed the play "Ghetto" and produced several TV-shows in Norway. He plays piano concerts as a soloist in Japan, Switzerland, the UK, the USA, Germany, Austria, Hungary.
Work on the movies: "Only One Motion", "Shop of Old Musician", "Hello, Israel".
1989 - Yuri Sherling came back to Moscow and organized the unique theatre "School of Musical Art", ballets and art-shows.