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Maxim Kolomiiets

Maxim Kolomiiets (also spelled Maksym Kolomiets) was born in 1981 in Kyiv. He graduated from the National Music Academy of Ukraine as an oboist (2005) and as a composer (2009) and from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln as a composer (class of Johannes Schöllhorn, 2016). He took part in International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky city (2013) and reading sessions by Ensemble MusikFabrik.

He is the author of two operas. One of them was presented in a concert version in October 2020 by the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Luigi Gaggero as conductor.

His music has been performed at international festivals MATA-Festival (New York), Summer New Music Courses in Darmstadt (Darmstadt), New Talents (Cologne), Donaueschinger Musiktage, Warsaw Autumn (Warsaw), World Music Days (Leuven), Other Space (Moscow), Gogolfest (Kyiv), Contrasts (Lviv), Randfestspiele (Zepernick), Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival (New York), etc.

Among the performers of his music are Ensemble MusikFabrik (Cologne), Ascolta (Stuttgart), Lions Gate Trio (the U.S. and Europe), Neo Quartet (Gdansk), Ukho Ensemble (Kyiv), the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (Kyiv), Kyiv Chamber Orchestra (Kyiv), Syrinx Flute Quartet (Moscow), Ensemble Nostri Temporis (Kyiv), GAM-Ensemble (Moscow), Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Moscow), Vladislav Pesin (Moscow), Ian Pace (London), Helen Bledsoe (Cologne), Hayk Melikyan (Yerevan), Enno Poppe (Germany).

He has also been working as a solo oboist in the Ukho contemporary music ensemble (Kyiv) since 2015, and in the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra since 2018.

As a solo oboist, he played with orchestras Kyiv Soloists, Kyiv Symphony Orchestra, Ukho Ensemble, Musica Camerata, Russische Kammerphilharmonie St. Petersburg. Together with the Ukho Ensemble, he realized the Ukrainian premiere of the concert for oboe No. 2 by Luca Francesconi as well as ensemble pieces by Boulez, Gervasoni, Ferneyhough, Berio, Kurtag, and many others.

Maxim Kolomiiets is the co-founder of the contemporary music ensemble Ensemble Nostri Temporis (2007), the founder of the baroque music ensemble Luna Ensemble (2014), and the music curator of the 2017 edition of the Gogolfest (Kyiv).

Selected works

Window Behind the Window (2015) 

Performed by Ensemble Ascolta

3 July 2016, Sommer in Stuttgart, Theaterhaus Stuttgart


Opera Espenbaum, orchestral version of the last aria (2018)

Performed by Kyiv Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Luigi Gaggero

October 2019, Recording House Kyiv


Opera Nitch (2020)

Performed by Kyiv Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Luigi Gaggero

October 2020, Recording House Kyiv


Crystal Cube, Parts I, III, IV (2019)


2019, Bouquet Kyiv Stage Festival


Mariologia (2016)

Performed by vocal ensemble Alter Ratio, conductor: Olga Prykhodko

22 June 2017, Recording House Kyiv



Maxim is the winner of the national competitions Gradus ad Parnassum (Kyiv, 2000), Step to the Left (Saint Petersburg, 2012), Skoryk Competition (Lviv, 2021), and III Prize on Vareler Komponistenpreis (Oldenburg, 2015).

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