Mykola Kolessa, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Mykola Kolessa

Ukrainian composer and conductor

Date of Birth: 06-Dec-1903

Place of Birth: Sambir, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine

Date of Death: 08-Jun-2006

Profession: composer, conductor, music pedagogue

Nationality: Ukraine

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Mykola Kolessa

  • Mykola Filaretovich Kolessa (6 December 1903 – 8 June 2006) was a prominent Ukrainian composer and conductor, born in Sambir near Lviv. His father Filaret was a prominent Ukrainian ethnomusicologist and composer and his cousin was the celebrated pianist Lubka Kolessa.
  • He graduated from Lysenko Higher Musical Institute, then studied in Prague under Vítezslav Novák and Otakar Ostrcil, and taught at Lviv Conservatory.
  • His works include two symphonies (1949 and 1966), symphonic variations (1931), a 'Ukrainian Suite' (1928), all for orchestra, and 'In the Mountains' for string orchestra (1972), and a number of chamber and incidental works as well as some song cycles.
  • His composition style was tonal and conservative and has been linked to that of Alexander Glazunov, although influences from Bartok and the early 20th-century French school can be heard as well.
  • As a conductor he worked with world-famous ensembles such as the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ballet Theater, the Ukrainian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Trembita Choir, becoming the founder of the Lviv conducting school.

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