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Svitlana Azarova

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Svitlana Azarova

Svitlana Azarova (Ukrainian: Світлана Азарова; born 9 January 1976) is a Ukrainian-Dutch composer of contemporary classical music, originally from the Ukrainian SSR.

Early years[edit]

Svitlana Azarova was born on 9 January 1976, in Izmail,[1] then in the Ukrainian SSR, now in Ukraine.

After having graduated in music from Odesa Pedagogical Institute as in 1996, Azarova entered Odesa Conservatory, where she studied musical composition, first under the Ukrainian composer Oleksandr Krasotov, and later (until 2000) under the Ukrainian author and composer Karmella Tsepkolenko.

In 2003 Azarova participated for six months in the Gaude Polonia [pl] scholarship program, at the Frédéric Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, under Marcin Blazewicz. Later that year, the Dresden Centre of Music (DZzM) [de] invited Azarova to participate in the Scholarship project pass_ПОРТ within the Dresdner Tage der zeitgenössischen Musik [de].[2] This project met again at the 8th musica viva in Munich in 2007.[3]

In 2005 With a grant of the society KulturKontakt Austria she elected to participate in the 9th International Academy for New Composition and Audio-Art, Avantgarde Tirol with Professor Boguslaw Schaeffer and Dr. Richard Boulanger (Seefeld, Tirol, Austria). After this academy, she took up permanent residency of The Hague and in 2006 began post-graduate studies at conservatoire in Amsterdam under Theo Loevendie where she graduated Master of Music in December 2007[4]

Composer Residencies:


The music of Svitlana Azarova is performed by ensembles and orchestras internationally. This includes


  • 2003
    • Go-as-you-please for ensemble
    • Symphonic Lana Sweet for large symphony orchestra
    • Slavic Gods for flute, clarinet, accordion and cello
    • West - East for ensemble[2][3]
    • Don't go: not now for flute, oboe and bassoon
    • Feet on Fire for 2 percussion[6]
    • Funk Island for corno bassetto and piano
  • 2002
    • In the Icy Loneliness for 2 cellos
    • Axis of Every Karuss... for clarinet, piano and cello[30][31]
  • 2001
    • As for the Clot it is Slowly... for solo tuba[30][32]
  • 2000
    • The Dance of Birds for string orchestra[30]
    • Chronometer for piano[30][33]
  • 1999
    • Symphonic Poem for large symphony orchestra
    • Diagram for 5 cellos
    • Punished by Love vocal cycle on verses by Ludmyla Olijnyk (in Russian) for soprano and piano
    • Sonata-Diptych for clarinet and piano



  1. ^ Lücker, Arno (9 March 2022). "120/250: Svitlana Azarova". VAN Magazine. Retrieved 11 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d pass_ПОРТ performing Azarova at Festspielhaus Hellerau Kulturstiftung des Bundes Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten[dead link] Dresdener Tage des Zeitgenossisches Musik Festival, 2004 Archived 15 April 2013 at archive.today
  3. ^ a b c d pass_ПОРТ performing Azarova at 8 Musica Viva, Munich Archived 30 June 2013 at archive.today
  4. ^ Alumni Conservatorium van Amsterdam
  5. ^ Petra Stump contemporary repertoire Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b Mariko Nishioka and Yuka Sugimoto percussion (Japan) World Première Feet on Fire at Odesa International New Music Festival Two days and Two nights
  7. ^ Nieuw Ensemble performing Azarova at Spring festival 2007[dead link] and Orientations Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b Stephan Vermeersch performs Outvoice, outstep and outwalk (youtube)
  9. ^ a b Stephan Vermeersch performs Trojaborg (youtube) at ClarinetFest 2008 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA
  10. ^ a b Marcel Worms 10 year of New Blues for Piano. Recorded live at the Bimhuis on 11 September 2006]
  11. ^ Sinfonia Iuventus performs Azarova 22.04.2009 Filharmonia Winnicka
  12. ^ a b The ECSO's e-symphony premieres Saturday The Day
  13. ^ a b Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra 2011-2012 brochure[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ Momo and the Time Thieves - premiere 15th of October 2017
  15. ^ World premiere 23 January 2013 Salle Pleyel
  16. ^ Dutch premiere 1 March 2014 at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam - Movers of the Earth
  17. ^ September 17, 2015 at S. Lyudkevych Concert Hall, Lviv, INSO-Lviv Youth Academic Symphony Orchestra, conductor Anna Skryleva - United by Music Archived 19 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ 2011-12 Premieres List by Composer League of American Orchestras
  19. ^ Review: The complex is simply transfixing in a world premiere symphony in New London The Day (New London)
  20. ^ Gaude Polonia "Miedzy słowem i dźwiękiem"
  21. ^ LuisterSalon 13 December 2008
  22. ^ Doris Hochscheid Archived 1 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ Donemus catalogue
  24. ^ Attacca Special Releases Archived 28 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ Taukay Edizioni Musicali Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ YOUTH MUSIC Tribune KYIV p. 13
  27. ^ LuisterSalon Saturday 30 June 2007
  28. ^ Concert HELIX! Ensemble conducted by Kynan Johns
  29. ^ Ball State New Ensemble, conducted by Amelia S. Kaplan
  30. ^ a b c d CANDOURS OF MYSTERY - Multimedia Database of Ukrainian Woman Composers Archived 1 January 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  31. ^ Schetkina, E. review of Axis of Every Karuss... in Zerkalo Nedeli #27, 27 April 2002 p. 17
  32. ^ Rejderman, I. review of As for the Clot it is Slowly... in Odesskij Vestnik 2 June 2001 p.7
  33. ^ Vojzizka, E. review of Chronometer in Kievskij Telegraf #40 13 October 2005, p. 7

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