The Ukrainian Art Song Project and the Musica Leopolis recording label were
founded in 2004 with the dream of acquiring and promoting the classical treasures of Ukrainian art song. The project is a ground-breaking initiative that aims to record and publish a veritable anthology of over 1,000 art songs by 26 of Ukraine’s greatest composers for distribution to the music world. Equally important is introducing Ukrainian art songs to students in international conservatories and Faculties of Music.
The label has recorded over 350 dramatic songs, many of them masterpieces,
of composers such as Mykola Lysenko, Kyrylo Stetsenko, Yakiv Stepovyi,
Stefania Turkewich and Vasyl Barvinsky. Musical scores are published on the
Ukrainian Art Song Project website and can be downloaded free of charge.
This landmark project was envisioned and founded by Pavlo Hunka, acclaimed British bass-baritone, who teamed with Roman Hurko, composer and opera director, to produce the recordings. The project operates under the auspices of the Canadian Ukrainian Opera Association, a registered charity, whose objectives are to promote Ukrainian classical music in all forms including live performances and recordings. The Ukrainian Art Song Project is managed by a volunteer Board based in Toronto that is responsible for fulfilling the aims of the project and spearheading communication, fundraising and events.
The Ukrainian Art Song Project is supported by an international cast of artists and enthusiastic music lovers, and will leave an extraordinary musical legacy to the world. Imagine being part of this.