Nazariy Yaremchuk

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Nazariy Yaremchuk
Born (1951-11-30)30 November 1951
Rivnya, Ukraine
Died 30 June 1995(1995-06-30) (aged 43)
Ukraine
Genres Pop, folk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, dancer, actor
Instruments vocals, guitar
Years active 1969–1995

Nazariy Yaremchuk (Ukrainian: Назарій Яремчук; 30 November 1951 – 30 June 1995) was a Hutsul Ukrainian singer, born in the village of Rivnya, Chernivtsi Oblast. He was the father of pop singers Dmytro Yaremchuk, Nazariy Yaremchuk, and Mariya Yaremchuk.

Early years[edit]

In 1963 he finished the Vyznytsia middle school no.1. After an unsuccessful attempt to enter the Geographical faculty of the Chernivtsi university spent some time working as a seismographer in the Western-Ukrainian Geo-reconnaissance Party. With the agreement of the commander of his army group, he learned a course for drivers. It was here that his ability was noticed by the Manager of the vocal-instrumental ensemble "Smerichka". In autumn that year the young Nazariy began to sing in Smerichka along with the singer Sofia Rotaru.

In 1970 Nazariy was accepted into the Geographical faculty of the Chernivtsi university.

1971–72 the filming for the film Chervona Ruta took place, which instantly achieved popularity for "Smerichka" giving him performances in all Union Concerts Song of 71 and Song of 71. A terrible tragedy happened when Nazariy's mother, Maria Dariyivna, died. In memory to his late mother, the singer wrote songs dedicated to her such as "Chuyesh Mamo" and "Bat'ko I Maty" near the end of his life.

In 1975 Nazariy obtained his diploma, he was satisfied working as the head engineer at the chair of economical geography of the university. However love of music seemed stronger than all, he moved to a philharmonic group, in which he worked till the end of his life.

Last years[edit]

In 1978 Nazariy received the title Merited artist of Ukraine. He was awarded the order of Friendship of Nations.

In May 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster happened. Nazariy visited and performed within the 30 km contaminated zone on 3 occasions to perform in front of people working to stabilise the situation.

In 1987 Nazariy was awarded title of people's Artist of Ukraine. In the late 1980s and beginning of the 1990s cultural awareness was on the rise.

In 1991–1993, he travelled to Canada where he visited his older brother in Winnipeg, and also to USA and Brazil. In 1993, his daughter Mariya was born.

In 1995, Nazariy traveled to Canada for medical treatment. The disease was incurable and the operation had no effect. Feeling that he was dying, Nazariy returned to Ukraine to finish singing his last songs. He died on 30 June 1995.