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Serhii Vilka

Serhii Vilka (born 1987) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound artist, and conductor. He is a co-founder of Sed Contra Ensemble.

Serhii was born in Donetsk in a musicians’ family. He graduated as a flutist and composer from the National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kyiv where he studied flute with Serhii Neugodnikov and composition with Professor Yevhen Stankovych. Serhii also studied composition with Jerzy Kornowicz in Warsaw during Gaude Polonia Scholarship in 2019.

As a performer, Serhii Vilka played more than 200 world and Ukrainian premieres of pieces by Ukrainian and international composers. Some of these works were composed especially for him. As a flutist, he took part in the International Ensemble Modern Academy during the Klangspuren Schwaz Tirol festival in 2011 where he collaborated with composer George Benjamin and conductor Franck Ollu. In 2019 Serhii participated in European Workshop for Contemporary Music led by conductor Rüdiger Bohn during the 62nd edition of the Warsaw Autumn Festival.

In 2012 Vilka was composer-in-residence at Druskininkai, Lithuania during International Composer-In-Residence Program. The solo piano piece Meditation on the joHn CAGE’s name which was composed during the residency was chosen as an obligatory piece for the Pianists’ Competition at the National Music Academy of Ukraine in 2016. In 2021, at the request of Kyiv Flute Days, Serhii composed Escape for five flutes and piano, which was performed at the closing of the festival. Also in 2021, he created the organ piece Conditions / Fractions by the commission of the Lviv Organ Hall.

During 2020-2022 Serhii Vilka held the position of Principal Conductor of Zhytomyr Academic Music and Drama Theater.

Serhii Vilka took part in masterclasses and workshops with Pierre-Yves Artaud, Johannes Schoellhorn, Jerzy Kornowicz, Chaya Czernowin, Zygmunt Krauze, Toshio Hosokawa, Justė Janulytė, Eden Ladin as classical / jazz performer and composer.

The music of Serhii Vilka has been performed in Ukraine, the USA, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Greece, Moldova, and Armenia.

Selected works

Blurred Lines for viola and baritone saxophone (2019)

Performed by Aleksandra Demowska-Madejska (viola), Wojciech Psiuk (baritone saxophone)

26 July 2019, Summer International Composer’s Courses “SYNTHETIS,” Radziejowice, Poland


Switchings for string quartet (2021)

Performed by Akoustikos Art Group

Studio Recording


Monochrome Music for string orchestra (2017)

Performed by FSV Chamber Orchestra, conductor: Serhii Vilka

20 November 2017, Concert Hall of the National Union of Composers of Ukraine, Kyiv


Light of the Northern Sun for string orchestra (2017)

Performed by FSV Chamber Orchestra, conductor: Serhii Vilka

20 November 2017, Concert Hall of the National Union of Composers of Ukraine, Kyiv


Concerto a8 for Ensemble and Conductor (2014)

Performed by Sed Contra Ensemble, conductor: Serhii Vilka

31 October 2014, Dom Master Klass, Kyiv 


Quartet for flute, violin, cello, piano (2015)

Performed by Maria Beregova (flute), Mariana Skrypa (violin), Zhanna Marchynska (cello), Roman Repka (piano), Serhii Vilka (conductor)

Summer 2015, Dom Master Klass, Kyiv


Mixtape 1: Isolation / Distance for fixed media and video (2020)

Spring 2020


Entity I for violin solo (2022)

Performed by Orest Smovzh

2 December, 2022, Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy


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