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 Maître 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).

Valen, Fartein

Fartein(Olav) Valen(1887-1952), Norwegian composer, he studied in Oslo and at the Hochschule in Berlin. Returning to Norway he worked as compositional and contrapuntal exercises but completed few pieces. In 1924 he moved to Oslo, after 1930 his music was considerably received in Norway. he composed 5 symphonies, a violin concerto, songs, and other orchestra.

Valencia, Luis Alberto

Luis Alberto Valencia(1918-1970), Ecuadorian singer and composer, he sang with his sister on radio.

Valerius, Adrianus

National anthem of Netherlands - music composed by Adrianus Valerius.
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Adrianus Valerius
(1575-1625), Dutch lawyer, poet, historian and musician. The most interesting of his works is the history of the wars between Netherlands and Spain. He wrote 76 popular songs and the national anthem of Netherlands, and it is regarded as the oldest anthem of the world, later revised by Walther Boer(1891-1984).

Valgre, Raimond

Raimond Valgre(1913-1949), Estonian composer and musician whose songs have became some of the most well known in Estonia. During WWII he was a member of orchestra of the 8th Estonia Rifle Corps of the Red Army.

Vasilescu, Ion

Ion Vasilescu(1903-1960), Romanian composer of light music and conductor. He studied in Bucharest and the Schola Cantorum in Paris.
He was teacher, conductor of the National Theater of Craiova, director and conductor of theaters in Bucharest. He composed chamber music, stage and film, and chorus music.

Vassallo, Paolino

Paolino Vassallo(1856-1923), Maltese composer. After local studies, he went to Paris in 1875 for further study and remained there for 10 years. Returning to Malta he founded a Music Institute in 1902 and was also appointed metropolitan maestro di cappella. He composed 3 operas and sacred music.

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Ralph Vaughan Williams(1872-1958), English composer, educated at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music in London, and also studied in Paris. He became professor at the Royal College of Music. He visited US three times to conduct his works, also gave lectures at Bryn Mawr College, Cornell and Yale. He composed 8 symphonies, orchestral works, choral music and film scores.

Vecchi, Orazio

Orazio Vecchi(1550-1605), Italian composer of late Renaissance. He is most known for his madrigal comedians. He studied with local teacher, and then he was the choirmaster at the cathedral, in 1586 he was appointed cannon of the cathedral in Correggio. He composed one opera and collections of canzonette.

Veiga, Pascal

Galicia Anthem composed by Pascal Veiga
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Pascal Veiga
(1840-1908), Spanish composer, he was organist at the church of San Domingo de Betanzos and Corunna Coolegiate and professor of National Conservatory of Madrid. He founded and directed several choral societies, receiving numnerous awards. His most important works are "the Galician Anthem" and "Alborada" which have been revised in many versions in all musical styles.

Vejvoda, Jaromir

Jaromir Vejvoda(1907-1988)(left one of the stamp), Czech composer and the author of "Beer Barrel Polka". He learned to play fiddle and flugelhorn in a band led by his father. Later he played these instruments in a military band. He started to compose music in 1920's and his music with polka style gaining popularity, especially Czech and German-speaking countries. He composed polkas and popular music.

Verbytsky, Mykhailo

Mykhailo Mykhailovych Verbytsky(1815-1870), Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest and composer, he is known for composing an alternate melody to the song(Ukraine's glory has not perished), which later became the national anthem of Ukraine. In 1833 he entered the Theological Seminary in Lviv, there he became seriously engaged in music. He wrote many liturgical compositions.

Verdi, Giuseppe

Giuseppe Verdi(1813-1901), Italian operatic composer.
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Veresai, Ostap Mykytovych

Ostap Mykytovych Veresai(1803-1890), a renowned ministrel and kobzar from the Poltava Governorate of the Russian Empire. He was taught by his father, a blind violinist, to play various instruments.

Verhovinyec, Vasily

Vasily Nikolayevitch Verhovinyec(1880-1938), Ukrainian-Soviet composer, choreographer, conductor, folklorist and pedagogue. He studied at the Samborsky Seminar. In 1906-15 he worked as a tenor, choir leader and conductor in a theater in Kiev, also he taught in Kiev. He composed choir music, songs, etc.

Vianna da Motta, Jose

Jose Vianna da Motta(1868-1948), Portuguese pianist and composer. After early musical instruction in Lisbon he went to Berlin, where he studied piano and composition, he also studied with Liszt in Weimar. He appeared widely in Europe and South America as a concert pianist and later returned to Lisbon to assume directorship of the Lisbon Conservatory. He composed one symphony, songs, and piano pieces.

Vickers, Jonathan Stewart

Jonathan Stewart Vickers(1926- ), Canadian tenor, professionally known as Jon Vickers. He studied at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. In 1957 he joined the London's Royal Opera, in 1960 joined the Metropolitan Opera. He sang in La Scala, Chicago, San Francisco and Salzburg. He is known for his wide range of German, French and Italian operatic roles.

Vicoveanca(Micu), Sofia

Sofia Micu(1941- ), known by her stage name of Sofia Vicoveanca. Romanian singer of popular music, music from the Buccvina region. In 1959 she won a competition and joined the city's "Ciprian Porumbescu" Ensemble of Song and Dance. Since 1958 she has performed as a soloist with Moldavia's Foremost folk music orchestra, the Ensemble "Rapsozzi Botosanilor" in Botosani.

Victoria, Tomas Luis de

Tomas Luis de Victoria(1548-1611), Spanish composer and organist. After serving as a choirboy, he went to Rome and entered the Jesuit Collegium Germanicum, later he taught there. In 1587 King Philip II appointed him as chaplain, and also appointed him as the maestro of the covent choir and served as organist there. He composed sacred music, motets, and masses.

Vidu, Ion

Ion Vidu(1863-1931), Romanian composer and choral conductor. Under his influence the small town of Lugoj became a well-known center of music in Romania. He studied music at the Arad Conservatory, later at Caranesbes, and Iasi Conservatory of Music. He moved back to Banat, obtaining a post in Lugoj where he stayed the rest of his life. He organized the Banat Choral and Brass Band Society. He was a collector of folk music, his works were mostly based on Romanian folk tunes.He composed songs and choral music.

Vieuxtemps, Henri

Henri Vieuxtemps(1820-1881), Belgian composer and violinist. He learned to play violin from his father, he made concert tour at age of 8 with Lecoux, and then studied in Brussels, Vienna and Paris. He appeared with London Philharmonic in 1834 and was hailed as one of the greatest violinists of his time. He taught at St. Petersburg Conservatory and Brussels Conservatory. He composed 7 violin concertos, 2 cello concertos and violin pieces.

Vigil, Federico Garcia

Federico Garcia Vigil(1941-  ), Uruguayan conductor and composer. He began studying piano at the Guillaermo Conservatory at early age, then continued to study in France, the Conservatory of Music in Strasbourg and the University of Paris, also in England and Germany. He conducted just about all orchestras in latin Americas, and also widely conducted in US, Europe and Japan. Since 1993 he is the Chief Conductor of the Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra and is the professor of conducting in the Municipal Music School and the National University of Uruguay.

Villa-Lobos, Heitor

Heitor Villa-Lobos(1887-1959), Brazilian composer, studied music from his father first, then went to Paris for further study. Returning to Brazil in 1930, he became an important official in Public Education implementing reforms of music instruction in San Paulo state, and founding the Superintendency of Musical and Artistic Education. He founded a Ministry Education Conservatory and Brazilian Academy of Music. He composed 12 symphonies, 17 string quartets, and various chamber music.

Vinay, Ramon

Ramon Vinay(1911-1996), Chilean operatic tenor, he was encouraged to learn to sing by his mother and studied in France. He made his operatic career as a baritone in Mexico in 1928. He later switched to tenor, then switched to baritone again. He was the best in interpreting the role of Otello and other baritone roles.

Vincent D'Indy, Paul Marie

Paul Marie Theodore Vincent d'Indy(1851-1931), French composer, his early music education was directed by his grandmother. After serving in the Franco-Prussian War, he completed study with Cesar Franck. He was organist at St. Leu, and taught at the Conservatorie. By the late 1870s he began to emerge as a major figure in French music, he composed large, serious works. From 1897 he taught composition at the Schola cantorum. He remained uncompromisingly loyal to his artistic ideals and active as musician and composer until the end of his life. He composed operas, symphonic poems, and chamber music.

Vincentti, Leopoldo Benedetto

Leopoldo Benedetto Vincenti(1815-1914), Italian composer, studied at the Conservatorie de Paris, he was hired by Bolivian Admiral Du Thus, stayed in Bolivia and married a Bolivian woman. He composed the national anthem of Bolivia. Years later he returned to Italy and died there.

Viotti, Giovanni Battista

Giovanni Battista Viotti(1755-1824), Italian violinist and composer, he was a  pupil of Gaetano Pugnani, made toured with Pugnani, then toured along in Paris, he was an instant sensation and served for a time at Versaillie. He was a director of French and Italian opera companies in Paris and London.

Virsky, Pavlo Pavlovych

Pavlo Pavlovych Virsky(1905-1975), Ukrainian dancer, balletmaster and choreographer, founder of the P. Virsky National Folk Dance Ensemble, whose work in Ukrainian Dance was groundbreaking and influenced generations of dancers. He studied at the Odessa Music and Dance School, also he continued to study in Moscow. He founded a school to train dancers in the technigue he developed. He toured the world with his dancers influencing Ukrainian dances the world over.

Vishnevskaya, Galina Pavolva

Galina Pavlovna Vishnevskaya (25 October 1926 – 11 December 2012) was a Russian soprano opera singer and recitalist who was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1966. She was also the wife of world-famous cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, and mother to two daughters, Olga and Elena Rostropovich.
Vishnevskaya was born in Leningrad. She made her professional stage debut in 1944 singing operetta. After a year studying with Vera Nikolayevna Garina, she won a competition held by the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow (with Rachmaninoff's song "O, Do Not Grieve" and Verdi's aria "O patria mia" from Aida) in 1952. The next year, she became a member of the Bolshoi Theatre.
On 9 May 1960, she made her first appearance in Sarajevo at the National Theatre, as Aida. In 1961, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Aida; the following year she made her debut at the Royal Opera House with the same role. For her La Scala debut in 1964, she sang Liù in Turandot, opposite Birgit Nilsson and Franco Corelli.
Vishnevskaya was married to the cellist Mstislav Rostropovich from 1955 until his death in 2007; they performed together regularly (he on piano or on the podium). On 11 December 2012, Vishnevskaya died at the age of 86 in Moscow.

Vitols, Jazeps

Jazeps Vitols(1863-1948), Latvian composer, studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, then became a professor there. In 1918 he returned to Latvia and conducted the National Latvian Opera, the following year he established the first Latvian Conservatory of Music, also he was co-founder of the Latvian Composers' Society in 1923. In 1944, he moved to Lubeck, Germany and lived there until his death. He composed orchestral music, choral works, and songs.

Vitry, Philippe de

Philippe de Vitry (31 October 1291 – 9 June 1361) was a French composer, music theorist and poet. He was an accomplished, innovative, and influential composer, and may also have been the author of the Ars Nova treatise. He was widely acknowledged as the greatest musician of his day, with Petrarch writing a glowing tribute, calling him: "...the keenest and most ardent seeker of truth, so great a philosopher of our age."[

Vivaldi, Antonio

Antonio Vivaldi(1678-1741), Italian composer.
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Vives, Amadeo

Amadeo Vives(1871-1932), Spanish composer, studied with Ribera abd Pedrell in Barcelona, served as an organist at a convent, then moved to Madrid, taught at the Madrid Royal Conservatory of Music; he was a leading writer on music in Spain. He composed operas and zarzuelas, piano pieces and songs.

Vladigerov, Pancho

Pancho Vladigerov(1899-1978), Bulgarian composer, pianist and pedagogue. He played piano and composed music since early age. In 1910 the family moved to Sofia and he studied with Doris Hristov. In 1912 he went to Berlin and studied at the Hochschule fur Musik. After graduation he became the director at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. In 1932 he returned to Sofia and was appointed professor at the State Academy of Music. He composed one opera, ballet and symphonic music, 5 piano concertos, 2 violin concertos and chamber music.

Vogelweide, Walther von der

Walther von der Vogelweide(c. 1170 - c. 1230), Austrian, or perhaps German, Minnesinger, a lyric poet and musician who wrote in Middle High German, his most famous song is "Under der Linden". "Vogelweide" existed or it was understood as a metaphoric surname of the singer - stage-names were usual for poets of the 12th and 13th century, whereas minnesingers in principle were known by their noble family name.

Vorobiev, Vasily

Vasily Petrovich Vorobiev(1887-1954), Chuvash composer, conductor, folklorist and music pedagogue. Decoration: Merited Artist of the Chuvash SSR(1940). Since 1912 he taught in school, in 1917 he founded a workers' choir, Chuvash State Choir. He composed a cantata, songs and choir pieces.

Vorobkevych, Sydir

Sydir Vorobkevych(1836-1903), Ukrainian composer, writer, Eastern Orthodox priest, teacher, artist, and newspaper editor.