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Roman Grygoriv & Illia Razumeiko

Roman Grygoriv is a Ukrainian composer, performer, conductor, and art manager. Born in 1984 in Ivano-Frankivsk. He studied composition at the National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kyiv. Composer and art director of the National Presidential Orchestra of Ukraine. 

Illia Razumeiko is a Ukrainian composer, performer, and art manager. Born in 1989 in Zaporizhzhia. He studied composition at the National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kyiv and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Ph.D. student at the Artistic Research Center of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. 

Roman Grygoriv and Illia Razumeiko are a Ukrainian award-winning composer duo. They have been working together as composers, stage directors, and librettists in the field of contemporary opera and new music theater since 2015 (in cooperation with Ensemble Nova Opera, stage directors Vlad Troitskyi, Virlana Tkacz, Rostyslav Derjypiskyi, and others), exploring the boundaries and borders of contemporary opera and music theater in Ukraine and worldwide.

Grygoriv and Razumeiko are the founders of OPERA APERTA contemporary opera laboratory in Kyiv, Ukraine. Their works created with OPERA APERTA were presented at festivals and theaters across Europe and USA: from New York (La Mama Theater and Prototype Festival) to Vienna (Musikverein and Musiktheatertage Wien Festival) to Rotterdam (O. Festival, Theater Rotterdam).

Composer duo combines their poly-stylistic musical experience with different performative practices and principles of expanded scenography, using as a stage (besides classical proscenium) a stadium with a working airplane, library labyrinths, arsenals, or empty museums.

Roman Grygoriv and Illia Razumeiko are founders and artistic directors of the PORTO FRANKO festival which for the seasons 2016-2018 was one of the largest multidisciplinary festivals of contemporary and performing arts in Ukraine. The composers also write music for documentaries and feature films.

Selected works

Roman Grygoriv, De profundis for mixed choir, soloists and symphonic orchestra (2010)

Performed by Kyiv Fantastic Orchestra, conductor: Sergiy Svintsytckiy; Kyiv Opera Theatre Choir, conductor: Angela Maslenikova; soprano: Iryna Kishlyaruk, mezzo soprano: Olga Romanenko, tenor: Valentyn Dytiyk, bariton: Andriy Koshman

June 2012, National Music Academy of Ukraine, Kyiv 


Illia Razumeiko, Sonnenfinsternis, concerto for piano and orchestra (2017)

Performed by Webern Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Jean-Bernard Matter

1 December 2017, Festival Wien Modern, Wien Radiokulturhaus, Vienna



2021 Music Theatre NOW, TOP-6 music-theatrical performances worldwide for archaeological opera CHORNOBYLDORF

2021 Ukrainian theatre award GRA, Best experimental performance for archaeological opera CHORNOBYLDORF. The opera also got four prizes for the best music, direction, scenography, and choreography

2021-2022 Best Soundtrack for Mother of Apostles, Terni Film Festival, Social World Film Festival

2020 Shevchenko National Prize for opera-requiem IYOV (together with stage director Vlad Troitskyi)

2018 Music Theater NOW, TOP-10 music-theatrical performance worldwide for opera-requiem IYOV

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