Roman Turovsky-Savchuk

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Roman Turovsky-Savchuk

Roman Mikhailovich Turovsky-Savchuk (Ukrainian: Роман Михайлович Туровський-Савчук) is an American painter and lutenist-composer[1][2] born in Ukraine. His musical works were published under pen names, including Johann Joachim Sautscheck.


Turovsky was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1961, when it was part of the Soviet Union. He studied art from an early age under his father, the painter Mikhail Turovsky and at the Shevchenko State Art School in Kiev. He also began to be interested in music in his teens. The family emigrated to New York City in 1979. They first lived in the Bronx.[3] Turovsky continued his art studies in New York at the Parsons School of Design, studying concurrently Historical Performance (Baroque Lute) and Composition, under Patrick O'Brien,[4] Pier Luigi Cimma, Leonid Hrabovsky and Davide Zannoni.

During the early 1990s, he worked at NYANA, a refugee resettlement agency in New York City (his co-workers there included people now prominent in the arts: theatre director Alexander Gelman, writer and director Todd Solondz, and writers Alex Halberstadt and Gary Shteyngart).


Turovsky began composing seriously in the early 1990s, simultaneously embarking on a career as a prolific figurative/representational artist-painter. He participated in many exhibitions. His first one-man show was held in June 2006 in New York, аnd the second in February 2013. Eight of his paintings are in the permanent collection of the International Marian Institute at the University of Dayton.[5]

Cinema and television[edit]

Turovsky worked as a scenic artist in the production of Jim Jarmusch's film "Ghost Dog".,[6] as well as in Tom DiCillo's "Double Whammy" and other films.[7] He is a member of United Scenic Artists.


As a composer, Turovsky concentrated on the instrumental idiom of the Baroque lute[8] and the torban,[9] as well as viola da gamba and carillon. He composed numerous instrumental and vocal[10] works influenced by his Ukrainian heritage and the baroque.[11] Many of these were premiered by Luca Pianca [12]at several international festivals (Salamanca, Lisbon, Schwetzingen, Vilnius, Vicenza,[13] Urbino,[14] Metz and Paris), Roland Ferrandi in Corte, Simon Paulus at Wolfenbüttel and Jindřich Macek in Přibyslav, Kraty, Prague and Hvar.[15] He also collaborated with Paulo Galvão and Hans Kockelmans in a series of experimental works which they jointly composed. His works have been performed/recorded by Robert Barto,[16][17] Robert MacKillop,[18] Oleg Timofeyev, John Schneiderman,[19] Thomas Schall,[20] Trond Bengtson, Terrell Stone and Christopher Wilke on lute, Angelo Barricelli[21] and Fernando Lewis de Mattos on guitar,[22] Ernst Stolz on viola da gamba,[23] as well as Hans Kockelmans and Olesya Rostovskaya on carillon. In 2011 and 2013 Turovsky was profiled in an hour-long program on the Dutch Classical radio-station Concertzender.[19][24] He also composed over 30 tombeaux dedicated to various cultural figures. These we described by Pablo del Pozo as being of "unquestionable musical quality".[25]

As a performer, Turovsky-Savchuk appeared as a lute soloist and continuo player in the Early Music line-up of Julian Kytasty's "New York Bandura Ensemble" and "Radio Banduristan".[26] Roman Turovsky was a recipient of the 2008 NYSCA grant for the purpose of study of kobzar art with Julian Kytasty.[27]

Roman Turovsky-Savchuk is a founding member of Vox Saeculorum[28] and The Delian Society,[29] two international groups devoted to preservation and perpetuation of tonal music. He was described as composer-extraordinaire[2] by the British author Suhayl Saadi.

In 2011 Turovsky-Savchuk contributed the soundtrack to the Iryna Korpan's documentary "She Paid The Ultimate Price", and in 2013 to the Marko Robert Stech's Georgy Narbut episode in the KontaktTV Toronto series "Eyes on Culture" №55.[30]


  • Thomas Schall "Die Laute im Barock" LCCD 0202 (The Lute Corner, Switzerland, 2002)
  • Daniel Shoskes "Lautenschmaus" CD (USA, 2011)
  • Angelo Barricelli "From Borderlands" (Lira Classica, Italy, 2008)

Allonyms and pseudonyms[edit]

Since 1996 Turovsky has signed his musical works as Sautscheck, a German transliteration of the second part of his surname as an allonym. Turovsky used a variety of constructions, such as Joachim Peter,[31] Johann Joachim, and Konradin Aemilius, for first names attached to Sautscheck. He represented the works as newly discovered manuscripts by supposed 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century composers from several generations of the same family.

His works for lute achieved wide circulation under the allonym of Sautscheck and the pseudonyms "Ioannes Leopolita" and "Jacobus Olevsiensis". Some musicologists perceived these works as malicious hoaxes and forgeries because of their ostensibly baroque or earlier styles.[32] The controversy in 2000 over what some considered an outright hoax led to coinage of a new German word, Sautscheckerei, which denoted a musical or literary hoax.[33]

Turovsky published Mikrokosmos, a collection of nearly 400 Renaissance-styled pieces based on Ukrainian folk melodies under the pseudonyms "Ioannes Leopolita" and "Jacobus Olevsiensis".

Literary activities[edit]

Turovsky's poetry translations (from Russian, Ukrainian, Polish and other languages) have appeared in the literary almanac The Germ,[34] and various web publications.

He also undertook research into the history of Torban, a Ukrainian musical instrument of the lute family, and wrote the chapter on it for the 2011 edition of "Die Laute in Europa".[35][36]


His sister is the poet Genya Turovskaya.[citation needed] His brother-in-law is the sculptor and stage designer George Tsypin.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Musica Viva Encyclopedia: Turovsky, Roman. Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b Suhayl Saadi Uncensored « Kitaab. Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Roman Turovsky", accessed 12 Nov 2009
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  5. ^ Lenten Meditation. (31 March 2011). Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Roman Turovsky", IMDB
  7. ^ Roman Turovsky – Filmography – Movies & TV – (30 September 2011). Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
  8. ^ Orest Kuprij, The Index of Contemporary Music for Lutes, Vihuela and Baroque Guitar <>
  9. ^ De Tabulatuur, No. 89, July 2007, p.12-13
  10. ^ Turovsky, Roman. Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
  11. ^ Interview with Joseph Dillon Ford – Founder of The Delian Society. Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
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  13. ^ Spazio e Musica Palazzo Barbaran da Porto – CISA Palladio Vicenza. Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
  14. ^ Le notizie di classica, lirica e balletto di: 20 giugno 2001. Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
  15. ^ stránky loutnisty Jindřicha Macka. Www. Loutna.Cz. Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
  16. ^ Roman Turovsky "Dialogues with Time", VOICES (The Journal of New York Folklore), Fall-Winter 2011, volume 37: 3-4, p.11
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  18. ^ free mp3 recordings. Song of the Rose. Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
  19. ^ a b "Concertzender". Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  20. ^ The Lute Corner, Andreas Schlegel – Label, CDs. Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
  21. ^ Angelo Barricelli Home Page. Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
  22. ^ [1][dead link]
  23. ^ Tombeau pour Mr. Telemann by Roman Turovsky-Savchuk played on viola da gamba on Vimeo. Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
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  26. ^ Bios » Radio Banduristan International. Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
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  29. ^ Roman Turovsky-Sautscheck. Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
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  31. ^ Musica Viva Encyclopedia: Sautscheck, Joachim Peter. Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
  32. ^ "Musical Crimes: Forgery, Deceit, and Socio-Hermeneutics", Serene Studios, accessed 13 Nov 2009
  33. ^ "sautscheckerei", Urban Dictionary, accessed 12 Nov 2009
  34. ^ The Germ: Germ #6/7. (18 May 2005). Retrieved on 18 October 2011.
  35. ^ "Geluit-Luthinerie" (The Belgian Lute Society Journal) No. 54, p.5
  36. ^ "Die Laute in Europa 2" A.Schlegel & J.Lüdtke

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