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Victoria Polevа / Ukraine

Victoria Polevа (born September 11, 1962) is a Ukrainian composer.

Born on September 11, 1962 in Kiev, Ukraine, daughter of composer Valery Polevoy (1927–1986). Graduate of Kiev Conservatory (class of composition with Prof. Ivan Karabyts) 1989. Post-graduate studies completed there in 1995 under Prof. Levko Kolodub. 1990-1998 – lecturer in the faculty of composition, 2000-2005 – at the Music Information Technologies Department of the Kiev Conservatory. Since 2005 she has been a freelance composer. 2014, 2015 – member of the jury of the International Composers Competition „Sacrarium“ (Italy).

A genre range of her compositions includes symphonic, choral, chamber music. Early works of Victoria Polevá were related to the aesthetics of the avant-garde and polystylistics (ballet „Gagaku“, „Transform“ for symphony orchestra, „Anthem“ for chamber orchestra, „Еpiphany“ for chamber ensemble, cantatas „Horace’s ode“, „Gentle light“). From the late 1990s her music became identified stylistically with „sacred minimalism“ (A. Pärt, P. Vasks, J. Tavener, H. Gorecki). An important period in Victoria Polevá’s creative work is related to intensive studies and embodiment of texts from divine services in the music.

Victoria Polevá’s works are performed at the Beethovenfest Bonn (Germany), the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival (Austria), the Yuri Bashmet Festival in Minsk (Belarus), the Valery Gergiev Easter Festival in Moscow (Russia), Chamber Music Connects the World (Kronberg, Germany), the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, the Philharmonie Berlin, the Köln Philharmonie (Germany), the Theatre de Chatelet in Paris (France), the Rudolfinum-Dvorak Hall in Prague (Czech Republic), the Auditorio Nacional de España in Madrid (Spain), the George Weston Recital Hall in Toronto (Canada), the Yerba Buena Theater in San Francisco (United States), the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai (China), the Seoul Art Center (South Korea), the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore, and at festivals of new music in Ukraine, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, United Arab Emirates, Peru and Chile.

Victoria Poleva is a Laureate of the Municipal Prize „Kiev“ in honour of Artemy Vedel (2013), winner of «Spherical Music» international competition (USA, 2008), a Laureate of the Prize of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine instituted in honour of Borys Lyatoshynsky (2005), a Winner of the All-Ukrainian Competition „Psalms of the Third Millennium“ (2001, 1st prize), a Laureate of the Prize of the Ministry of Culture and Arts of Ukraine instituted in honour of Levko Revutsky (1995).

Since 2006 the Swiss agency „Sordino Ediziuns Musicalas“ has been publishing her works.

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