Svitlana Azarova

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Svitlana Azarova (Ukrainian: Світлана Азарова, Russian: Светлана Азарова) is a Ukrainian/Dutch composer of contemporary classical music born January 9, 1976 in the Ukrainian SSR of the Soviet Union.

Early years

After having graduated from Izmail Pedagogical Institute as music teacher in 1996, Svitlana entered Odessa State A.V.Nezhdanova Conservatoire (Ukrainian: Одеська державна музична академія ім. А.В. Нежданової) (now Odessa State A.V.Nezhdanova Musical Academy) where she studied composition, first under Prof. Olexander Krasotov and later until her graduation as composer in 2000 under Prof. Karmella Tsepkolenko.

In 2003 she participated in the 6 month long Gaude Polonia - a scholarship program of the Ministry Culture of Republic Poland, at the Frédéric Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw with professor Marcin Blazewicz. Later that year, Dresden Centre of Music/DZzM (now European Centre for the Arts) invited Svitlana to participate in the Scholarship project pass_ПОРТ within the Dresdner Tage der zeitgenössischen Musik.[1] This project met again at the 8th Musica Viva in Munich 2007.[2]

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[3]

Composer Residencies:


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


  • 2014
    • Hundred thirty one Angstrom symphony for large orchestra
  • 2013
    • Concerto Grosso for violin, viola solo and string orchestra
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2008
    • Beyond Context for chamber orchestra, commissioned by the Polish Institute in Kiev[18]
    • From this kind... for choir, brass and percussion on words by Oksana Zabuzhko
  • 2007
    • 300 steps above for carillon
    • Trojaborg for solo clarinet[7]
    • Epices for soprano, bass clarinet, trompet, perc., piano, violin[19]
    • Un cortado para Michel for baroque flute (traverso) and soundtrack
    • Onderdrukte Haast (Suppressed Haste) for Brass Quintet
    • On Tuesdays for ensemble with words by Daniil Harms. World premièred by Nieuw Ensemble
  • 2006
    • Sounds from the Yellow Planet for ensemble and recordings of throat singing by Khoomei virtuoso Nikolay Oorzhak
    • Model Citizens for violoncello and piano, commissioned by Doris Hochscheid and Frans van Ruth[20]
    • Valentina's Blues for piano, commissioned by Marcel Worms and published on his CD Red, White and Blues, 32 New Dutch Blues (Attacca Records #27103)[9][21][22]
  • 2005
    • Hotel Charlotte for string quartet
    • Dive for violin and piano
    • The Violinist's morning espresso for violin[23]
  • 2004
    • Outvoice, outstep and outwalk for bass clarinet[8][24]
    • Asiope for ensemble[1][2][25]
  • 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[1][2]
    • Don't go: not now for flute, oboe and bassoon
    • Feet on Fire for 2 percussion[5]
    • Funk Island for corno bassetto and piano
  • 2002
    • In the Icy Loneliness for 2 cellos
    • Axis of Every Karuss... for clarinet, piano and cello[26][27]
  • 2001
    • As for the Clot it is Slowly... for solo tuba[26][28]
  • 2000
    • The Dance of Birds for string orchestra[26]
    • Chronometer for piano[26][29]
  • 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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 pass_ПОРТ performing Azarova at Festspielhaus Hellerau Kulturstiftung des Bundes Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten Dresdener Tage des Zeitgenossisches Musik Festival, 2004
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 pass_ПОРТ performing Azarova at 8 Musica Viva, Munich
  3. Alumni Conservatorium van Amsterdam
  4. Petra Stump contemporary repertoire
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mariko Nishioka and Yuka Sugimoto percussion (Japan) World Première Feet on Fire at Odessa International New Music Festival Two days and Two nights
  6. Nieuw Ensemble performing Azarova at Spring festival 2007 and Orientations
  7. 7.0 7.1 Stephan Vermeersch performs Outvoice, outstep and outwalk (youtube)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Stephan Vermeersch performs Trojaborg (youtube) at ClarinetFest 2008 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA
  9. 9.0 9.1 Marcel Worms 10 year of New Blues for Piano. Recorded live at the Bimhuis on the 11th of September 2006]
  10. Sinfonia Iuventus performs Azarova 22.04.2009 Filharmonia Winnicka
  11. 11.0 11.1 The ECSO's e-symphony premieres Saturday The Day
  12. 12.0 12.1 Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra 2011-2012 brochure
  13. World premiere 23 January 2013 Salle Pleyel
  14. Dutch premiere 1st of March 2014 at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam - Movers of the Earth
  15. September 17, 2015 at S. Lyudkevych Concert Hall, Lviv, INSO-Lviv Youth Academic Symphony Orchestra, conductor Anna Skryleva - United by Music
  16. 2011-12 Premieres List by Composer League of American Orchestras
  17. Review: The complex is simply transfixing in a world premiere symphony in New London The Day (New London)
  18. Gaude Polonia "Miedzy słowem i dźwiękiem"
  19. LuisterSalon 13 December 2008
  20. Doris Hochscheid
  21. Donemus catalogue
  22. Attacca Special Releases
  23. Taukay Edizioni Musicali
  24. YOUTH MUSIC Tribune KIEV p. 13
  25. LuisterSalon Saturday 30 June 2007
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 CANDOURS OF MYSTERY - Multimedia Database of Ukrainian Woman Composers
  27. Schetkina, E. review of Axis of Every Karuss... in Zerkalo Nedeli #27, 27th of April 2002 p. 17
  28. Rejderman, I. review of As for the Clot it is Slowly... in Odesskij Vestnik June 2nd 2001 p.7
  29. Vojzizka, E. review of Chronometer in Kievskij Telegraf #40 13th of October 2005, p. 7
  30. GENECO Member page

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