Famous Ukrainian composer, pianist, conductor and musicologist Myroslav Skoryk died on 1 June 2020 in Kiev, at the age of 81. In 2006-2010 he was the vice president of the Ukrainian Composers' Union. The funeral will take place on 5 June at the Lychakiv Cemetery in Lviv.
Skoryk was a graduate of Lviv and Moscow Conservatories. He taught composition at the Lviv (1963-1966) and Kiev Conversatories (1966-1988), and until 1999 lectured at universities in the United States and Australia. After returning to Ukraine, he was the head of the Department of the History of Ukrainian Music at the Ukrainian National Academy of Music, artistic director of the Kyiv Music Fest, and artistic director of the Taras Shevchenko National Opera of Ukraine (2011-2016). He also taught composition at the Lviv Conservatory.
His work include an opera, two ballets, four cantatas for choir and symphony orchestra, four symphonic poems, concerto for orchestra, three piano and nine violin concertos, suites and partite for chamber orchestra, music for films, as well as many chamber and choral works, including Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom.
Myroslav Skoryk received a number of honourary titles, important state awards and decorations, among others The Hero of Ukraine, the People's Artist of Ukraine, the Order of the State and the Golden Star, the Order of Merit I, II and III degree, and Taras Shevchenko National Award.