So now the list is back up to 12 - conductor Victor Yampolsky is among those vying for the position of Utah Symphony music director.

The Soviet-born Yampolsky, currently music director of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, had been rumored to be an unofficial candidate to succeed music director Joseph Silverstein when the latter steps down in 1998, but those reports were denied by the search committee, even after candidate Hermann Michael bowed out following his appearances here in April.Last week Utah Symphony president and CEO Donald L. Andrews confirmed that Yampolsky was invited to be a candidate "several months ago, but until now, he preferred to have his candidacy kept confidential."

Educated in Moscow, Yampolsky studied violin with David Oistrakh at the Moscow Conservatory and conducting with Nicolai Rabinovich at the Leningrad Conservatory. He subsequently served as assistant conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic under Kiril Kondrashin.

After immigrating to this country in 1973, he served as principal second violin of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and as music director of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in Nova Scotia. At present he also serves as director of orchestras at Northwestern University.

Yampolsky is scheduled to guest conduct the Utah Symphony next month in an all-Russian program July 11 at Abravanel Hall and July 13 at Snowbird.

Soloing on those concerts will be Dmitrij Teterin, recently eliminated as a competitor in this month's Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He will perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3.