Igor Szczerbakow

was born in 1955 in Dnipropetrovsk and graduated from the former Kyiv State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, where he studied composition with Vitaly Kyreiko.

From 1980-84, he served on the staff of the Culture Research Institute of the Ministry of Culture and, since 1985, he has been the chief editor of Muzychna Ukraina Music Publishing House and is currently a professor of composition at the Ukrainian National Music Academy in Kyiv.

Shcherbakov has been an organizer and artistic director of the festivals “International Forum of Youth Music” and “Music Premieres of the Season”. Since 1999, he has been the head of the Kyiv Branch of the National Union of Ukrainian Composers. Shcherbakov claims that the Soviet, modern Ukrainian, and Polish school of composers, in general, have exerted a very strong influence upon his music. Specifically, the music of Dmitry Shostakovich, Valentin Silvestrov, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Witold Lutosławski are important.

There are influences from minimalism as well: for instance, he will repeat a figure but for shorter periods fo time than in the music of some minimalists. This technique is employed in an effort to “stretch” the form. His music is mix of neo-romanticism with some limited aleatorics. Foremost, he lists Beethoven as his greatest influence. His music is mostly intuitive but he is always cognizant of the structure of the work, particularly harmonicly.