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Roman Hurko

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'''Roman Hurko''' is a [[Toronto]] based composer of Byzantine Rite Music
== Biography ==
Roman Hurko is a Canadian of Ukrainian descent, born in Toronto, Canada (1962). A graduate of The [[Yale Institute of Sacred Music]] (Master of Arts and Religion) and The University of Toronto (B.A. Music History and Theory), he has also studied privately with composer Father [[Ivan Moody]] in Portugal and [[Leonid Hrabovsky]] in New York.
A member of the Composers' Union of Ukraine since 2004, Roman began writing music while still in high school. His first composition "Ave Maria" for SATB choir was premiered by the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, at the Guelph Spring Festival in 1983, with the composer conducting.
During this period he also composed the incidental music for two plays with the Yara Arts Group at La Mama Experimental Theater Club in New York City: A Light From the East (1991) and Explosions (1993).
Mr. Hurko has composed and recorded four major pieces of sacred music: [ Liturgy 2000], [ Panachyda/Requiem for the Victims of [[Chornobyl]]] (2001), [ Liturgy No.2] (2003), and [ Vespers] (2005). [ Liturgy 2000] was premiered in Chicago by the Schola Cantorum of [[Apostle Peter|St. Peter the Apostle]], conducted by J. Michael Thompson, at Sts. Volodymyr and Olha's Ukrainian Catholic Church on [[July 14]], 2000. Requiem/Panachyda, dedicated to the victims of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster, received its premiere at [[St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery]] in KyivKiev, on [[April 26]], 2001 (the 15th anniversary of the disaster), with the composer conducting the Frescoes of Kyiv Kiev Chamber Choir. A subsequent recording of the Requiem received its broadcast debut in April 2003 on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio 2 programme "Choral Concert".
Selections from [ Liturgy No. 2] were given their North American premiere by the Elmer Iseler Singers at concerts in Ottawa and Toronto. In September 2005, [ Vespers] was premiered in KyivKiev's Pecherska Lavra (Monastery of the Caves) by the Vydubychi Church Chorus, as the opening concert to the 16th KyivFest KievFest International Music Festival.
On [[April 9]], 2006, Requiem was performed in concert at Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall by the combined: Elmer Iseler Singers, Orpheus Choir, Amadeus Choir, the Vesnivka Women's Choir, and the Ukrainian Male Chamber Choir in a concert to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster. This concert was subsequently broadcast on [[April 26 ]] (the 20th anniversary of the disaster) on the CBC Radio 2 programme: "In Performance", and again on Sunday, [[May 14 ]] on "Choral Concert".
Many of Mr. Hurko's recordings have received their US broadcast premiere on Princeton Radio's "Classical Discoveries" program (103.3 FM), hosted by Marvin Rosen. Most recently, Roman has become involved in a series of recordings entitled "[ The Ukrainian Art Song Project]" as producer. The goal of the project is to record the complete art songs of Ukraine's major composers. Volume 1 of the series, The Complete Art Songs of [[Kyrylo Stetsenko]] (1882 - 1922) was recorded during the summer of 2006 by Pavlo Hunka, Bass and Albert Krywolt, piano. Also featured on the recording are Russell Braun, Baritone and Benjamin Butterfield, tenor. The recording was launched on [[September 14]], 2006 at the new Four Season's Opera House in Toronto. Recording for the Volume 2, The Complete Art Songs of [[Mykola Lysenko]] (1842 - 1912) has been completed and is scheduled for release in early 2010. The Art Songs of Yakiv Stepovyj will begin recording in July 2009.
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