GALINA GORELOVA (b 1951 )
Galina Gorelova (often transliterated from the Belarusian as Halina Harelava), was born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1951. After learning the piano as a child, Gorelova entered the Belarusian State Academy of Music, Minsk in 1972 to study composition with Anatoly Bogatyrev and Dimitry Smolsky. From 1983 to 1989 she attended the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, Moscow, where her teacher was Yuri Fortunatov. Her creative output has been prolific and includes eleven concertos and other orchestral works, a quantity of chamber music, choral pieces and songs, as well a number of instrumental works for a wide range of instruments and several guitar compositions. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians commends the lyricism and poetic spirituality of her music. Among her most eminent works are the Guitar Concerto (1994), the Percussion Concerto (2009), Tisyacha let nadeshdï (A Thousand Years of Hope) (c. 1990), and Anno mundis ardentis, awarded the State Prize of Belarus in 1992.