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Victoria Poleva

Date of birth11 September 1962
OccupationArranger, Composer, Lyricist, Performer, Singer
CategoriesContemporary, Minimalist, Sacred, Experimental Music

Born on September 11, 1962 in Kiev, Ukraine, daughter of composer Valery Polevoy (1927–1986). Graduate of Kiev State P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatoire (class of composition with Prof. Ivan Karabyts) 1989. Post-graduate studies completed there in 1995 under Prof. Levko Kolodub. 1990-1998 - lecturer in the faculty of composition, 2000-2005 – at the Music Information Technologies Department of the P.I. Tchaikovsky Ukrainian National Music Academy. Since 2005 – freelance composer.

A genre range of her compositions includes symphonic, choral, chamber music. Early works of Victoria Poleva were related to the aesthetics of the avant-garde and polystylistics (ballet "Gagaku", "Transform" for symphony orchestra, "Anthem" for chamber orchestra, "Еpiphany" for chamber ensemble, cantatas "Horace’s ode", "Gentle light"). From the late 1990s her music became identified stylistically with "sacred minimalism" (A. Pärt, P. Vasks, J. Tavener, H. Gorecki). An important period in Victoria Poleva’s creative work is related to intensive studies and embodiment of texts from divine services in the music.

Works of Victoria Poleva are performed at Beethovenfest Bonn (Germany), Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival (Austria), Yuri Bashmet’ Festival in Minsk (Belarus), Valery Gergiev’ Easter Festival in Moscow (Russia), Chamber Music Connects the World (Kronberg, Germany), Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Philharmonie Berlin, Köln Philharmonie (Germany), Theatre de Chatelet Paris (France), Rudolfinum-Dvorak Hall (Prague, Czech Republic), Concert Auditorio Nacional de Espana (Madrid, Spain), George Weston Recital Hall (Toronto, Kanada), Yerba Buena Theater San Francisco (USA), Oriental Art Center Shanghai (China), Seoul Art Center (Korea), Esplanade Concert Hall Singapore, festivals of the new music in Ukraine, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, UAE, Peru and Chile.

In 2010, among such composers as Giya Kancheli, Valentin Silvestrov, Leonid Desyatnikov, Aleksander Raskatov, Alexander Wustin, Victor Kissine and Georgs Pelecis, Victoria Poleva has taken part in Gidon Kremer's international project «The Art of Instrumentation», devoted to Johann Sebastian Bach and Glenn Gould.

In 2011 Victoria Poleva was invited by Gidon Kremer as composer-in-residence at the XXX Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival (Austria).

Victoria Poleva