Ivan-Yaroslav Hamkalo

Academician of the NAA of Ukraine


Ivan-Yaroslav Hamkalo

    born in 1939

Conductor, Educator, Musicologist

    Academician of the NAA of Ukraine (2001)

    People's Artist of the Ukrainian SSR (1982)

    Professor (1992)

    Laureate of the award of the National All-Ukrainian Music Union (2019)

Ivan-Yaroslav Hamkalo began his career at the Lviv Opera and Ballet Theatre. On the stage of the National Opera of Ukraine, the National Philharmonic and other art institutions, he has performed more than 60 opera pieces of world and national classics. He has performed dozens of symphonic and vocal-symphonic works by M. Kolachevskyi, V. Sokalskyi, S. Liudkevych, L. Revutskyi, B. Liatoshynskyi, A. Shtoharenko, M. Kolessa, M. Skoryk, Y. Stankovych, world classics and contemporaries. The artist's performing style is characterised by academicism, attention to the subtle details of the works performed, which are due to the influence of the brilliant master of choral business M. Kolessa, and at the same time the ambitiousness instilled in the conductor by the outstanding contemporary conductor K. Symeonov. As a pedagogue, I. Hamkalo devotes much attention to working with singers and shaping their musical and vocal image. Under his leadership, M. Stefiuk, A. Kocherha, L. Zabiliasta, V. Hryshko, V. Lukianets, and others made their debuts at the Kyiv Opera.
The musical, public, academic, and organisational work of I.-Y. Hamkalo is significant. He is the author and scientific consultant of the Ukrainian Soviet Encyclopaedia and Education Centre, Ukrainian Soviet Encyclopaedic Dictionary, the encyclopaedic reference book "Artists of Ukraine", a member of the editorial board of the Encyclopaedia of Modern Ukraine, "Art of Ukraine", and the memorial almanac "Outstanding Figures of the Past Centuries". The artist actively promotes the achievements of national and world musical culture in the press, on radio, and on television. He is the author of studies on the history of musical performance, scientific studies, published in Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and Canada.
Member of the National Union of Theatre Workers of Ukraine, the National Union of Composers of Ukraine and the National All-Ukrainian Music Union. Member of the Presidium and Board of the European Academy of Musical Theatre.
He was awarded the Order of Merit of the II (2009) and III classes (1999), the Certificate of Honour of the Supreme Council of Ukraine (2014), the Order of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Volodymyr (2014). He received an honorary award from the Ministry of Culture and Arts (2001), a diploma of honour from the Mayor of Kyiv (2006), as well as Gold and Big Gold medals of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine (2009, 2019).