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Alla Zagaykevych

Alla Zagaykevych (also spelled Zahaikevych, Zahaykevych) graduated from the Kyiv Conservatory and the IRCAM Institute in Paris.

From 1986-1999, as part of the folklore ensemble Drevo, she researched authentic Ukrainian singing and took part in numerous folklore expeditions, conferences, and festivals.

Since 1997, she has been teaching at the composition department of the National Music Academy of Ukraine, where she founded the Studio of Electroacoustic Music with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation.

Zagaykevych сombines work in academic genres (symphonic, chamber, electroacoustic music, opera) and contemporary media art (audio-visual installations, electroacoustic performances, music for film, video art, theater).

Since the mid-90s, she has been actively promoting academic electronic music in Ukraine, collaborating with musicians of experimental electronic music and “new improvisational music.” She is the curator of international electroacoustic music projects Elektroakustyka (since 2005) and EM-VISIA (since 2003). In 2011, Alla Zagaykevych founded the Association of Electroacoustic Music under the Kyiv organization of the Union of Composers of Ukraine.

Selected works

Prostory Svitla for symphony orchestra and electronic (2022)

Performed by Warsaw National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Vimbayi Kaziboni

24 September 2022, Polish Radio broadcast recording, International festival Warszawskiej Jesieni, Warsaw


Nord/Ouest, electroacoustic performance for floor voice, violin, percussion and electronic (2010) Performed by Sean Statser, live percussion; Iryna Klymenko, voice; Serhiy Okhrimchuk, violin 

2022, Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival, New York


Friend Li Po.. (dedicated to Oleg Lysheha) for guzheng and electronics (2015)

Performed by Din Liming, guzheng; Alla Zagaykevych, electronics

19 April 2015, Kyiv


Contre S. (dédié à Guy Debord) for Kontra-Trio (cb-flute, cb-saxophone, tuba) and electronics (2010) 

Performed by Kontra-Trio: Madeleine Bischof, contrabass-flute; Thomas K.J. Mejer, contrabass-saxophone; Leo Bachmann, tuba

2011, Zurich


Choven (Boat) for three voices, motet from the chamber opera Numbers and the Wind based on poems by Mykola Vorobiov (1992–1997)

Performed by Inna Halatenko, Natalka Polovynka, Viktor Davydenko

2003, Komora studio



2022 Best Music Award of the International festival I Will Tell (USA)

2021 Honored Artist of Ukraine

2017 Zolota Dzyga Award of the Ukrainian Film Academy for music for the film Zhyva vatra (The Living Fire) (2015)

2015 Mykola Lysenko Prize for music for films Mamay (2003) and The Guide (2014)

2014 Nominee of the New York Innovative Theatre Awards for music for the stage production of Fire. Water. Night (2014) based on Lesya Ukrainka’s texts by Yara Arts Group

2011 Winner of the Musica Nova International Competition

2004 Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Award for music for the film Mamay

2004 Bursary of Visby International Centre for Composers (Studio ALPHA)

2003 Blaue Brucke International grant for multimedia projects (Dresden)

2001 Levko Revutsyi Prize for chamber opera Numbers and the Wind (Drawings by Memory) based on poems by Mykola Vorobiov

2000 Grant of the International Renaissance Foundation for the organization of International Musical workshops “TIME-SPACE-MUSIC” 

1999 Grant of the President of Ukraine for the performance of chamber opera Numbers and the Wind (Drawings by Memory) based on poems by Mykola Vorobiov

1998 Grant of the International Renaissance Foundation for the Electronic Studio

1996 Stipendium Cité des Arts (Paris)

Funded by the Stabilisation Fund for Culture and Education of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut. goethe.de

Project team: Les Vynogradov, Albert Saprykin, Mariia Tytova, Polina Horodyska, Daria Vdovina, Dmytro Babenko, Olha Sauh