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Waldorf piano accompanist and composer/conductor premieres masterpiece in Lviv, Ukraine

Posted On: 5/25/2018 11:01 AM

Picture of Evgeny ShcherbakovYou just never know who might be working at a Waldorf school. Take, for example, world-renowned composer and conductor Evgeny Shcherbarkov, from the Vancouver Waldorf School, whose latest composition received a standing ovation during its world premiere at the 2017 International Festival of Contemporary Music Yuri Lanyuk and Friends, in Lviv, Ukraine.

The festival at the Lviv Philharmonic is considered one of Europe’s centres for arts and culture and has gathered some of the finest and most prominent musicians from Germany, Ukraine, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, Canada and more.

In Memory of Boris Nemtsov Kyrie was conducted by the composer and performed by award-winning cellist and singer Emil Rovner (Germany), the Galician Academic Chamber Choir and Lviv Philharmonic Academic Symphony Orchestra, and was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. For Evgeny Shcherbakov, who was granted a special leave by his school, it was a uniquely meaningful experience to be able to attend and conduct his own world premiere: "It was such an honor to me and great responsibility to be invited in Lviv, Ukraine to represent Canada as a Canadian composer and conductor," said Evgeny.

In Memory of Boris Nemtsov Kyrie has a profound and deeply dramatic meaning, as it reflects Mr. Shcherbakov’s deep sorrow, despair and feelings of helplessness towards the state of global international relations. This concerto-cantata for cello/bass voice, mixed choir, and symphony orchestra was inspired by drastic changes in some parts of the world and the seeming loss of humanity and compassion. However, in the end there is always hope, as the listener can hear the performers come together in harmony and unity in the latter part of the performance—like a burst of sunshine after a storm.

This dramatic but hopeful masterpiece can be heard by clicking here.

Evgeny Shcherbakov (b. 1958) is a Russian-Canadian, Vancouver-based composer and conductor whose portfolio of genres ranges from chamber music to instrumental concertos, symphonies, cantatas and oratories: www.shcherbakov-evg.com 

He has been awarded numerous grants and residences for his work, including grants from Prohelvetia Reseaux Est-Ouest | Antenne Budapest, the Canada Council for the Arts, composer-in-residence with international cultural festival “RESONANZEN,” the “Pro Musica e Cultura” Foundation among others. His compositions are performed internationally on stages in Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine, Russia, France, Belgium, Canada and Macedonia.

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