B i o g r a p h y
Igor Shcherbakov (Laurenkeiser Music Publishsing) is a well-known Ukrainian composer, musical and public figure, teacher, Professor of the Ukrainian National Academy of Music, President of Kiev Composers Union (1999-2010), Chairman of National Composers' Union of Ukraine (since 2010), Deserved Figure of Arts of Ukraine (1996), organizer and musical director of The International Youth Music Forum (1992-1999), musical director of the International festival Musical Premieres of the Season (1999). He was awarded with T.G. Shevchenko National Award for his major creative contribution into the modern Ukrainian musical culture (1999) and A .Vedel Kiev Art Award (2004).Correspondent-member of Ukrainian Arts' Academy (2013).
Igor Shcherbakov was born in 1955 in Dnipropetrovs’k. He graduated from P. 1. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine (Professor V.D. Kyrejko's class of composition, 1979). Immediately he affirmed himself as a brilliant creative personality. As a composer he works in such musical genres as symphonic, theatrical, chamber, instrumental, vocal, choral, and children's music. His composition are performed not solely in Ukraine, but in Germany, Switzerland, Poland, France, Canada, Italy, Slovakia, the USA, Hungary, Belarus, Russia, Uzbekistan, etc. They are issued in Ukraine and Switzerland.
Igor Shcherbakov belongs to the generation of modern Ukrainian composers, whose creativity and spiritual orientation have generated the public im¬age of the Ukrainian music of the late 20th - early 21st centuries.
He was among the first Ukrainian composers who in the last quarter of the 20th century turned his attention to spiritual matters that were prohibited for a long time in the totalitarian society. Nowadays, the artist continues to work in the realm of spiritual music because Christian ideals, beliefs, images are very important for him.
The Penitential Verse for violin and strings (1989) is one of the most known works of the composer that excites by the power of philosophical interpreta¬tion of the eternal issue, i.e. a Personality and the Universe. Right away after the first performance of the composition the author received the First Prize of the festival Young Composers of Ukraine. Since that time the composition is often performed by the best soloists and orchestras of Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, and Germany.
The composer recollects the work over this composition in a book by G. Kon'kova: "When I wrote The Penitential Verse the interpretation of intellectual and spiritual went through the exploration of the interaction between ancient layers of spiritual music, the accomplishment in psalms, and modern technical ways of their inter-penetration, correspondence, and interference. It should slightly put away the veil of sanctity of musical action for ilie audi¬ence. The response should always go from within the eternity. Only then both the creativity and life make sense".
Igor Shcherbakov is an author going deep inside the life of a human being.
In his works involving spiritual issues one perceives a strong believer.
"I believe that any human being is a very gentle creation. And when he or she confronts with the eternity, the awareness of some tragedy arises. It might happen that I have touched the Eternity in some of my works as well. We do not forget about the eternity, and the God does not forget about us ..."
The following works by Igor Shcherbakov belong to spiritual compositions:
Chamber symphonies #2 ARIA-PASSIONE-l (1992), and #3 ARIA-PAS¬SIONE-2 (2000, with viola soloist), Cantata Stabat Mater (1992) for mixed (2003 - a variant - for women's) choir, Agnus Dei for soprano, four flutes, drums, and organ (1996), Virgin Mary, Rejoice for mixed choir a cappella (1998). The last big 50-minutes oratorical work by composer - Spiritual concerto-requiem “The Dream” for tenor, mixed and children choirs, symphony orchestra, organ and narrator (2008-2010), dedicated to the memory of victims of Holodomor (the Holocaust) in Ukraine, – with big success was performed in Kyiv and other cities of Ukraine, recorded on Radio and TV.
The power of Igor Shcherbakov's talent is felt in compositions of different genres and different periods. Symphonietta for big symphony orchestra (1986), Sign of Eternity cantata for mixed choir with no accompaniment after L. Kostenko's poetry (1988), The Penitential Verse for violin and strings (1989), 2 Concertos for piano and symphony orchestra (1996, 2006), two cham¬ber symphonies ARIA-PASSIONE, the 2nd with for viola soloist, chamber symphonies #4 Dreamstrings (2001) and #5 WARUM? (2002) for strings, Lie¬bestod poem (2004) for big symphony orchestra, Barcarolle for piano and or¬chestra (2005), Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra “Oleg Kyva in memory”, 3 Sonatas for piano, vocal and choir cycles, music for stage shows. This is just a small list of an extraordinary creative heritage of the artist.
Compositions of the composer for musical theatre occupy a unique position among his works. His children's opera “A Trap for the Witch” (Libretto by G. Kon'kova and F.Mlynchenko, staged by M. Merzlikin), appeared to be a real musical best seller. It was awarded T.G. Shevchenko Prize. For ten years it is successfully performed on the stage of the Kiev Musical Academic Theatre for Children and Youth. The talent of a theatrical composer was totally demonstrated in opera, where the original stylistics of the author's writing revealed. It combines bright figurativeness with deep penetration into the national origin. , L. Buhons'ka, etc. They perform his compositions again and again in many countries of the world, in prestigious concert halls and are always accepted by the audience with great enthusiasm. Concerts of the maestro are always encouragingly covered by the mass media.
Professor Igor Shcherbakov teaches at the composition department of the National Academy of Music. Igor Shcherbakov believes that «… Choosing ways to arts, each artist is guided by the light of culture of the native country, city and even wider, the entire world, the light which beams is original representatives of the past, both distant and close, as well as the present, while the current that supplies this light might be of the only origin, i.e. the Divine one ... "
Such views and vital credo of Igor Shcherbakov characterize him as a contemporary representative of the musical culture of the 21st century, a son of the epoch. His creativity and cultural activity as a composer demonstrate his professionalism and the originality of his talent. His works open remarkable pages of the modern Ukrainian music to the entire world.
1955, November 19 - born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
1974 - graduated from the piano department of Dnipropetrovsk State Musical College named after M.Glinka
1979 - graduated from the composition faculty of the Kyiv State Conservatory (now - National Music Academy of Ukraine) named after P.Tchaikovsky
1986 - joined the National Union of Composers of Ukraine
1985-1991 - deputy editor of the publishing house "Musical Ukraine"
1991 - 1999 - founded and served as music director of the Festival of Contemporary Music "International Youth Music Forum»
1994 - present - lecturer, since 2001 - docent, since 2008 - professor of composition of the National Music Academy of Ukraine named after P. Tchaikovsky
1999 -2010 - Head of the Kyiv National Union of Composers of Ukraine
1999 - present - Director of the International Festival of Contemporary Music "Musical Premieres of the Season"
2010 - present - Chairman of the National Union of Composers of Ukraine
2013 – correspondent-member of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine
Prizes and awards
1990 - First Prize of the festival "Composers’ Youth of Ukraine" in Kyiv (for the work "Penitential verse" for violin and orchestra)
1996 - awarded the title "Honored Artist of Ukraine."
1999 - awarded the country's highest artistic award - National Taras Shevchenko Prize (for the opera "Trap for the Witch ")
2004 - awarded the art prize "Kyiv" them. Artem Vedel (for chamber symphonies)
2005 - awarded the Order of St. Vladimir the Great III degree (Order of the Church – for the spiritual music)
2005 - awarded the medal of the Kyiv mayor "Badge of Honor"
2008 - awarded the Order "For Merit" third degree (in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Holodomor in Ukraine – for the spiritual concert Requiem "The Dream")