Friday, May 1, 2015

Ucenescu, George

George Ucenescu(1830-1896), Romanian singer and teacher, he studied music at Brasov, and Bucharest, then taught at the First Romanian middle school and at the St. Nicholas Church in Brasov. He composed secular and religious songs, and collected folk songs.

Ulanova, Galina Sergeyevna

Galina Sergeyevna Ulanova(1910-1998), Russian ballerina, studied in Petrograd, joined the Mariinsky Theater in 1928, then transferred to Bolshoi Theatre as prima ballerina assoluta for 16 years. She is frequently cited as being one of the greatest 20th century ballerinas. There are monuments to her in St. Petersburg and Stockholm.

Ureche, Eugeniu

Eugeniu Ureche(1917-2005), actor and opera singer from Republic of Moldova.

Uribe-Holguin, Guillermo

Guillermo Uribe-Holguin(1880-1971), Colombian composer, studied at the National Academy, Bogota, in 1904-05 he was in New York working as violinist and arranger. Returning to Colombia he served as director of the National Conservatory. He composed 11 symphonies, symphonic poems, and 2 violin concertos.

Usandizaga, Jose Maria

Jose Maria Usandizaga(1887-1915), Spanish Basque composer, he began his musical studies in his hometown, then moved to Paris and studied at the Schola Cantorum. Returning to Spain, he won success with his works for the stage and other pieces. He composed rhapsodies, and zarzuelas.

Vacek, Karel

Karol Vacek(1902-1982)(right one), Czech composer of folk songs. He learned to play various instruments in Prague, then he played for several orchestras and bands. After 1938 he returned to his hometown, Dvorsky, and led a orchestra. In 1982 he was awarded the title of "National Artist". He composed polkas, waltzes, and other pieces.

He is the right one of the picture.

Vaganova, Agrippina

Agrippina Yakovlevna Vaganova (June 26, 1879 – November 5, 1951) was a Russian ballet teacher who developed the Vaganova method – the technique which derived from the teaching methods of the old Imperial Ballet School (today the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet) under the Premier MaĆ®tre de Ballet Marius Petipa throughout the mid to late 19th century, though mostly throughout the 1880s and 1890s. It was Vaganova who perfected and cultivated this form of teaching the art of classical ballet into a workable syllabus. Her Fundamentals of the Classical Dance (1934) remains a standard textbook for the instruction of ballet technique. Her technique is one of the most popular techniques today. She is of Armenian descent.
Vaganova's whole life was connected with the Imperial Ballet (later the Kirov Ballet) of the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg. She was accepted into the Imperial Ballet School in 1888, the great institution of classical dance founded by Anna of Russia and funded by the Tsars. She graduated from the Classe de Perfection of the former Prima Ballerina Eugeniia Sokolova (she was also trained by Ekaterina Vazem, Christian Johansson, Lev Ivanov, Nikolai Legat and Pavel Gerdt).