Today, July 13th, marks 82 years since the birth of Myroslav Skoryk (1938 – 2020), Ukraine’s most celebrated composer.
Myroslav Skoryk was a recipient of the prestigious Shevchenko Prize (1987), titles of Hero of Ukraine and People’s Artist of Ukraine, and, in 1998, was awarded the Ukrainian President’s Order of Merit.
Born in Lviv, Ukraine, in 1938, Skoryk, whose exceptional musical talent was recognized in his childhood by his great-aunt, the famous opera singer Solomiya Krushelnytska, was enrolled in the Lviv Music School in 1945. However, his education was interrupted in 1947, when the Skoryk family was arrested by the Soviet authorities and exiled to Siberia. Skoryk was allowed to return to Lviv only in 1955, after the death of Stalin. He was then accepted to the Lviv Conservatory. From 1960 to 1964, Skoryk studied at the Moscow Conservatory in the doctoral program with the celebrated Dmitri Kabalevsky. Upon graduation, he joined the faculty of the Theory of Music and Composition Department at the Lviv Conservatory and, in 1966, the faculty of the Kyiv Conservatory. He continued to teach at the Kyiv Conservatory, and also headed the composition department at the Lviv Conservatory.
Myroslav Skoryk died on June 1st, 2020, in Kyiv, Ukraine.