MYROSLAV SKORYK (b 1938 )
The Ukrainian composer Myroslav Skoryk was born in Lviv in 1938. He graduated from the Lviv Conservatory as a composer and musicologist, and studied at the graduate school of the Moscow Conservatory in the class taught by Dmitry Kabalevsky. Skoryk is a professor at the Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy and the P.I. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine, serving as head of the composition department and the history of Ukranian music. He has taught and influenced many famous Ukranian composers such as Yevhen Stankovych, Ivan Karabits, Oleh Kyva, Volodymyr Zubitsky and Viktor Stepurko, among many others. For many years, he was secretary of the Ukrainian and USSR Union of Composers. Skoryk is a professor and a member of the Academy of Arts of Ukraine, he holds the title of People’s Artist of Ukraine and was awarded the Taras Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine. He has also been granted the titles of Chevalier of the Order of Merit and Hero of Ukraine.
Skoryk’s works include the opera Moses, the ballets Masons, Caprices and Return of the Butterfly, the cantatas Spring and Gamaliya, Carpathian, Concerto for Large Orchestra and Paganini: 24 Caprices (the first transcriptions for symphonic orchestra). He has written numerous concertos, including nine for violin, three for piano, two for cello, one for viola and one for oboe, as well as six partitas for various instrumental configurations. His output also includes solo instrumental works and music for films such as Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors and The High Pass, and numerous animated cartoons.
Skoryk’s works are performed in the Ukraine and throughout the world, such as Canada, Australia, the US, Japan, China, and in most European countries.
One of his most popular pieces is Melody in A minor, which he often performs as a conductor and pianist.