Mr. Parfenov was born in Bashkiria (Russia, USSR) in 1946.
Graduated from the Musical College of Frunze (now Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
Studied in the Tashkent State Conservatory (degree MA in Music in 1972).
In 1973 -1979 - the soloist of the Uzbekistan State Radio and TV Orchestra. He played in the jazz ensemble "Boomerang" (Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan) at jazz festivals in Fergana, Yaroslavl, Novosibirsk, Moscow in 1979-1984.
Since 1984 Mr.Parfionov is the soloist of the Oleg Lundstrem big band (Moscow). He played with that band at the jazz festivals all over the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Holland, USA, Finland, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, China performed with Natalie Cole. Mr. Parfionov played as a soloist with the Jazz Orchestra of Illinois University led by John Harvey.
February-March 1993 - India International Music Festival with the Jazz Quartet led by N.Panov in Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Bangalore, Pune.
September 1993 - Jazz Festival in Lyon - member of the International Jazz Band together with Johnny Griffin, Zbigniew Namyslowski, Deborah Brown.
Mr.Parfionov plays in TRI"O" since 1992 (tour on Switzerland in 1994).
Together with Moscow Composers Orchestra he made a tour in Lithuania, Germany in 1994.
Musik Triennale. Koln, 1994,Varna Summer International Festival, 1995, Europa Jazz festival in Noci, Italy, 1995, Bolzano Jazz festival 1995, Tampere Jazz Happening - 1996, London Unsong festival, Queen Elisabeth Hall, 1996, SKIIF New York, The Knitting Factory, 1997
Since 1997 Yury Parfenov plays in "Embryo"
1998 - tour over Germany and Austria with TRI-O. SKIIF (Sergey Kuryokhin International Interdisciplinary Festival) in New York
December 1999 - the last jazz transmission of Millenium at West Deutsche Rundfunk (WDR, Cologne) - with TRI-O, Mal Waldron, Jean Lee, Blixa Bargeld, Roman Bunka, concerts with TRI-O in Munich.
2001 - Yury Parfenov with TRI-O at Jazz on the Beach, Raahe, Finland
2004 - Yury Parfenov with Sergey Letov and Sainkho Namchylak at Russian Culture Festival in Rome, Italy
2005 - Yury Parfenov with TRI-O at Nice Russian Culture Festival, France
2006 - Yury Parfenov with Oleg Lundstrem Big Band - tour on Israel, jazz festival in Tunice
2006 - Duo Yury Parfenov - Sergey Letov played at Tashkent, Uzbekistan
2006 - London Jazz Festival - with Moscow Composers Orchestra
2007 - festival UNCOOL-2007 at Val Poschiavo, Switzerland with Moscow Composers Orchestra, concert in Linz, Austria with TRI-O + Vlad Makarov + Sainkho Namchylak