Halyna Ovcharenko is an spnm shortlisted composer. Born in Lugansk in Ukraine, she was given a scholarship at the age of eleven to the Musical College of the Kiev National Academy of Music, a specialist school for talented children. After graduating in Music from the Kiev National Academy of Music, she continued her study of composition in Poland. In 1996 She was given a Grant from the University of Bristol and ORS to study for a PhD in Music Composition at the University of Bristol, which she successfully completed in 2002.
Amongst her works are pieces for solo instruments, ensembles, choirs, chamber and symphony orchestras, music for theatre and documentary film. She has written two ballets, one of them, The Last Battle, (after C.S. Lewis) was successfully performed by the LCB at the Peacock Theatre, Sadler's Wells, in London. The other, Kupala's Night, was selected by the ISCM and was performed by Ljublijana National Opera and Ballet Theatre.
She is a winner of International Competitions in 1992 and 1995. In 1992 she received National the Leontovych Prize. Recently she has received awards from The Bliss Trust, Arts Council England and the PRS Foundation. Her composition Invocation of Rain for four percussionists and authentic voice was performed at the festival in Bucharest in 2004 and at the ISCM World Music Days in Zagreb in 2005. What the Shaman Saw was performed at the Festival in Bucharest in June 2005. String Quartet was performed by the Voller String Quartet in Bristol in May. Halyna has been offered a Grant to work at the Visby Studio in September 2005.
with Halyna Ovcharenko