Yevhen Savchuk

Academician of the NAA of Ukraine


Yevhen Savchuk

    born in 1947

Choirmaster, Educator, Public Figure

    Academician of the NAA of Ukraine (2004)

    Hero of Ukraine (2009)

    Laureate of the Taras Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine (1998)

    Professor (1997)

    Chairman of the National All-Ukrainian Music Union

    Honorary citizen of the city of Kyiv (2023)

From 1973 to 1978, Yevhen Savchuk was the conductor and choirmaster of the Veryovka Ukrainian Folk Choir; in 1978, he began his pedagogical career at the Tchaikovsky Kyiv Conservatory; today he is a professor and head of the Department of Choral Conducting at the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music of Ukraine. From 1978 to 1984, he was the artistic director of the L. Revutsky Male Choir Kapela in Kyiv, and from 1984 to the present day he has been the artistic director and chief conductor of the "Dumka" National Honoured Academic Choral Capella of Ukraine. Today he is one of the leaders of the national choral art.
Yevhen Savchuk was most successful in unlocking the artistic and creative potential of the Dumka National Choral Capella, bringing its professional concert and performance culture to a highly professional level. Under his leadership, for over 35 years, the Capella has made an outstanding contribution to the development of national art and has become one of the world's leading choirs. This is evidenced by favourable reviews from the world media, music critics and the public. Yevhen Savchuk is not only a promoter of the traditions of Ukrainian choral culture, the heritage of M. Leontovych, K. Stetsenko, and O. Koshyts, but also a representative of the new choral school, contemporary examples of choral music by Y. Stankovych, V. Sylvestrov, I. Karabyts, H. Havrylets, L. Dychko, V. Zubytskyi, O. Skrypnyk, and others.
The repertoire of the Capella includes works by Ukrainian classics D. Bortniansky, A. Vedel, and M. Berezovsky (some of the works were first performed by Yevhen Savchuk 200 years after their original composition). A significant place in the repertoire of Dumka is dedicated to the works of J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, G. Verdi, L. van Beethoven, J. Haydn, A. Vivaldi, H. Mahler, A. Schnittke, S. Rachmaninoff. Yevhen Savchuk is the initiator and organiser of a series of competitions and festivals - Mykola Leontovych, Kyrylo Stetsenko, "Spring Kyiv Sings", etc. The artistic heritage of the Dumka Capella includes more than 120 solo concert programmes, more than 45 recordings made both in Ukraine and abroad, including records, CDs, videotapes, and video films. Led by Yevhen Savchuk, Dumka is the only artistic ensemble in Ukraine to be awarded the title of Taras Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine.
Director General, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the National Honoured Academic Choir of Ukraine "Dumka".

He was awarded the Order of the State (2009), the Order of Merit of the 1st (2007), 2nd (2004), and 3rd Class (1999), the Gold (2006) and the Silver (1999) medals of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine.