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Ihor Sonevytsky was a son of Dr. Michael Soneveytsky (Ukrainian: Михайло Соневицький), a noted Ukrainian classical philologist, and Olha Sonevytsky, a journalist. He studied at the Vienna Musical Academy and completed his musical studies with a diploma in composition, conducting and piano performance from the State Musical Academy in Munich in 1950. His family emigrated to the US short after. He conducted five different Ukrainian choirs, organized and directed a Ukrainian string orchestra and opera ensemble, taught private students, lectured at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Rome, wrote over 500 music-related articles for various newspapers and periodicals, wrote several books, edited many others, and accompanied a variety of singers, recording several LPs of vocal music with them. He is the author of an opera, a ballet, some chamber music, a series of piano works and a catalogue of choral and vocal music.
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