ALEXANDER SHCHETYNSKY (b 1960 )
The Ukrainian composer Alexander Shchetynsky was born in 1960. His works include compositions in many forms, ranging from solo instrumental and chamber music to orchestral, choral pieces and operas. They have been presented in most European countries and North America, performed by internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles, such as the Moscow Helikon-Opera, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the children’s choir Maîtrise de Radio France, the Arditti String Quartet, the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Ensemble Wiener Collage, Ensemble Klangforum, Ensemble Continuum (New York), New Juilliard Ensemble, musikFabrik, Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, pianist Yvar Mikhashoff, soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson, cellist Alexander Rudin, among others.
Two CDs with his music have been released in the United States and France. Alexander Shchetynsky has received awards at six international composer’s competitions in Austria, France, Luxembourg, Poland, and Switzerland, in which the jury members included Dutilleux, Rostropovich, Penderecki, Palm and Denisov. In 2000 his chamber opera Annunciation was awarded the Russian National Theatre Prize, Gold Mask, in the category of innovation.
— Virko Baley