Sergey Pilyutikov

(b. 1965, Uzyn).

Ukrainian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and vocal works that have been performed throughout Europe and elsewhere.

Mr. Pilyutikov initially studied history at the V. N. Karazin National University of Kharkiv, where he graduated in 1987. He later studied composition privately with Alexander Shchetynsky from 1989–91 and with him at the I. P. Kotlyarevsky State University of the Arts in Kharkiv from 1991–95.

Among his honours is finalist in the competition of the Internationale Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Amsterdam (1993, for Voices of the rivers), First Prize in the competition Gradus ad Parnassum (1994, for Variations) and the Kompositionspreis der Deutschen Welle (2001, for Cantus supra librum). His music has been performed in Armenia, Bulgaria, Germany, Moldova, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the USA.

He is also active in other positions. He founded the ensemble for contemporary music Ensemble Ricochet in Kiev in 1999 and has served as its artistic director since 1999. He has served as director of the International Youth Music Forum in Kiev since 2000.

He taught history at a secondary school in Kharkiv from 1985–91 and composition at a music school for children in Kharkiv from 1991–98.


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Shadow, small orchestra (harpsichord [+ celesta], 2 percussion, 20 strings), 1993

Concerto, small orchestra (16 players), 1994

Concerto, clarinet, large orchestra, 1995, revised 1999

Cantus supra librum, large orchestra, 1998

The Book of Changes, string orchestra, 2000


Monologue, clarinet, 1990

Variations, viola, 1992, revised 1997

Sonata, percussion, 1993

Trio, tenor saxophone, cello, piano, 1994

Tête-à-tête, flute, clarinet, 1995

Sextet, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 1996

Sonata, alto saxophone, 1996

Quartet, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 1996

Dances for Clarinet with Piano, clarinet, piano, 1997

Sonata, bassoon, 1998

Rambling Landscape, cello, 1999

Quartet, 4 saxophones, 1999

Quartet, flute (+ piccolo, alto flute), cello, piano, percussion, 1999

Thread, oboe, 2000

Ball, 10 saxophones, 2000

Sonata, cello, piano, 2000

Glittering by Raindrop, clarinet, cello, piano, 2001

Zigzags, piano, percussion, 2001

Rope Walkers, trumpet, piano, 2002

Intrigues, clarinet/alto saxophone, button accordion, 2002

Together with Light Air, flute, fixed media, 2003 (also version for tenor recorder, 2003)

Capriccio, bass clarinet, viola/cello, piano, 2003

Trio, flute, oboe, bassoon, 2003


Ab Ovo (text by Arthur Rimbaud), mixed chorus, 1993


From Japanese Poetry (song-cycle, texts by contemporary poets from Japan), bass, piano, percussion, 1991

Voices of the rivers (vocalise), soprano, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, viola, piano, 1992

The Hollow Men (text by T. S. Eliot), soprano, cello, 2001

Music for spectators (vocalise), soprano, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, harp, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2002


Play the Game, 1994

Tale, 2003

Lullaby, 2003