Ivan Vrublevskyi © 2023

Ivan Vrublevskyi

Choral Conductor, Singer, Composer

 

Ivan Vrublevskyi embarked on his professional music education at the Music College in Kryvyi Rih, specializing in Choral Conducting. He graduated with honors from the Choral Conducting department at the Odesa National Academy of Music named after A. V. Nezhdanova and the Vocal department at the K. Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow. He honed his compositional skills under the mentorship of K. Tsepkolenko and J. Homelska at the Odesa National Academy of Music named after A. V. Nezhdanova.

His conducting career commenced with the formation of a youth choir in Odesa, an ensemble he founded in 2015. This choir served as a platform for him to showcase his original compositions and fostered his growth as a conductor. From 2017 to 2022, he held the position of choirmaster for the Psalmodia choir and concurrently managed and conducted the Krakow Male Choir of the John Paul II Pontifical University in Krakow. During this tenure, he meticulously prepared these choirs for numerous competitions and concerts, resulting in the recording of two CDs - "Do kraju tego," featuring music by J. Świder, and "Confido," which included three of his original compositions: "Prayer to Mary," "Only in God," and "Jubilate Deo."

From 2020 to 2022, he served as the conductor of the Canticum Amicorum choir at the inCanto foundation, focusing primarily on spiritual music. Their repertoire notably included concerts featuring Orthodox music.

In 2021, Ivan co-founded and conductor the LimaNovum choir. Under his leadership, the choir has demonstrated exceptional professionalism and artistry, maintaining an active concert schedule spanning a diverse repertoire of over 50 works, ranging from oratories to folk songs and spirituals. LimaNovum has achieved laurels in prestigious competitions and festivals.

Beyond his choral activities, Ivan Vrublevskyi is an ardent advocate for the popularization of folk music. In 2022, he initiated the organization of the "LUDOWO na NOVO" Composition Competition at the Limanowski House of Culture. This competition was dedicated to arranging Polish folk songs for a cappella mixed choirs, culminating in a thrilling final performance by the LimaNovum choir under Ivan Vrublevskyi's direction.

His work with choirs is characterized by a keen emphasis on intonation and voice projection. Additionally, he imparts his extensive knowledge through choir and vocal workshops.

In addition to his roles as a conductor, Ivan is a soloist with the Krakow Chamber Opera. His solo vocal performances have featured notable roles, including Colas in W. A. Mozart's "Bastien und Bastienne," Guglielmo in "Cosi fan tutte," and Uberto in G. B. Pergolesi's "La serva padrona." In the realm of oratorio, he has delivered solo performances in S. Moniuszko's Latin Mass and W. A. Mozart's Coronation Mass.

He has actively participated in opera festivals, including "Rossini in Wildbad" in Germany and the Opera Festival named after Jan Kepury in Poland. Collaborating with esteemed conductors such as Gianluigi Gelmetti, Antonino Fogliani, Oksana Lyniv, Hobart Earl, Jose Pere-Sierra, Tomasz Tokarczyk, and Maciej Tworek has enriched his musical journey.

Ivan Vrublevskyi has earned acclaim as a laureate of international competitions and festivals, including those dedicated to composers. Notably, in 2018, his composition "Prayer to Mary" for mixed a cappella choir was awarded at the "Jan Paweł II. Syn polskiej ziemi" competition, premiering at the Royal Palace in Warsaw. In 2022, he was recognized with the "Best Conductor" award at the Chełm competition. In 2023, he received the prestigious Polish "Person of the Year 2022" award in the "Culture" category, as conferred by the newspaper "Gazeta Krakowska."

His diverse compositional portfolio encompasses various genres of substantial forms, including the opera "The Blue Bird. Return" with a libretto by D. Ternovyi, "Panakhyda-Requiem" for mixed choir, soloists, and orchestra (premiered in 2016 at the Lutheran Cathedral in Odesa), the mini-mono opera "The Black Man," alongside numerous instrumental works and romances. Notably, choral compositions and folk song arrangements hold a special place in his creative output.

Ivan Vrublevskyi's compositions resonate across Europe, performed by diverse European ensembles and showcased on prestigious stages in Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Bulgaria, and beyond.

In 2023, his composition "Moment of Silence," dedicated to the victims of Russian aggression in Ukraine, received a poignant rendition by the National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of the illustrious Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu, on the first anniversary of the conflict's onset. During the same year, his soul-stirring romance "There is Silence of a Wise Thought..." featuring the verses of Lina Kostenko, was masterfully performed by Ukrainian bass Dmytro Pavliuk at the Odesa National Theater of Opera and Ballet.

In 2018, his composition "Easter Troparion" marked the opening of the International Festival of Krakow Composers. The piece resonated within the hallowed walls of Krakow's St. Mary's Cathedral, performed by the Psalmodia choir. The composition's initial premiere unfolded in 2014 at the "Easter Assemblies" festival in the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, interpreted by the choir of the Odesa National Music Academy named after A. V. Nezhdanova, under the accomplished direction of Halyna Shpak.