Alexandr Shchetynsky

Alexandr Shchetynsky

Ukrainian composer
Date of Birth: 22.06.1960
Country: Ukraine

Biography of Alexander Shchetynsky

Alexander Shchetynsky is a Ukrainian composer known for his diverse range of compositions, from solo instrumental works to orchestral pieces, vocal parts, and operas. He completed his studies at the Kharkiv Institute of Arts in 1983, where he was a student of Valentin Borisov, a prominent composer. However, the work of another Ukrainian composer, Valentin Bibik, also had a significant influence on Shchetynsky's musical development. He was also inspired by representatives of the so-called Soviet avant-garde, such as Edison Denisov, Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Valentin Silvestrov. Additionally, the music of the Second Viennese School, Olivier Messiaen, and György Ligeti had a profound impact on Shchetynsky's compositions.

From the late 1980s, Shchetynsky's music has been performed at festivals and concerts in Europe and America by renowned ensembles and performers, including the Helikon Opera of Moscow, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Maîtrise de Radio France Children's Choir, the Arditti String Quartet, the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Vienna Collage Ensemble, the Mark Pekarsky Percussion Ensemble, pianist Ivar Mikhashov, soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and others. His works have been published by Alain Van Kerckhoven Editeur, Boosey & Hawkes, Le Chant du Monde, and Gerard Billaudot Editeur S.A.

From 1983 to 1990, Shchetynsky taught composition at a children's music school using Valery Brynin's music pedagogical system. From 1991 to 1995, he led composition, instrumental, and special courses on 20th-century compositional techniques at the Kharkiv Institute of Arts. In 1995, he lectured on 20th-century music at the Ukrainian National Music Academy in Kyiv. He has given lectures on new Ukrainian music and presented his own compositions at international symposiums in Austria, Germany, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

In 1999, Shchetynsky conducted a composition masterclass in Macedonia. In the late 1980s, he was one of the organizers of several contemporary chamber music festivals in Ukraine and Russia. From 1997 to 2005, he was a member of the artistic council of the International Festival of Contemporary Music "Contrasts" in Lviv. From 2001 to 2005, he coordinated the programs of the International Forum of Young Music in Kyiv and, from 1995 to 2001, a concert series called "New Music" in Kharkiv.

Shchetynsky has also composed music for the art film "Las Meninas" by Ukrainian director Igor Podolchak. He is a laureate of six international composer competitions, including the Karol Szymanowski Competition in Poland (1990, grand and special prizes), the Spiritual Music Competition in Fribourg, Switzerland (1991, first prize), the Witold Lutosławski Competition in Poland (1995, second prize), the André Jolivet Competition in France (1996, second prize), and the Gustav Mahler Competition in Austria (1998, third prize).

In 2000, his chamber opera "Annunciation" was staged at the Moscow Helikon Opera and awarded the Russian National Theatre Prize "Golden Mask." The opera was recorded on a compact disc by the American company "Cambria." He also won second prize at the International Composers' Competition in Luxembourg in 2006 for his chamber concerto for piano and 12 instruments.