Yevgeny Poplavsky (Yauhen Paplauski)

(b. 1959, Grodno Region).

Belarusian composer of mostly orchestral, choral and vocal works that have been performed in Europe.

Mr. Poplavsky studied composition with Igor Luchenok and Dmitry Smolsky at the Belarusian State Academy of Music in Minsk, where he earned his diploma in 1986. He later had postgraduate studies in composition with Sergei Slonimsky at the N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in Saint Petersburg from 1989–91.

Among his honours are Second Prize in a national competition in Minsk (1991, for Lux æterna) and Second Prize in the competition Jihlava in Prague (2000, for The Weather of an Already-Late Autumn).

He is also active in other positions. He co-founded with Sergey Beltiukov, Galina Gorelova (Halina Harelava), Vyacheslav Kuznetsov, Dmitry Lybin, and other composers the Belarusian Society for Contemporary Music in Minsk in 1990. He co-organised the Festival of Modern Chamber Music in Minsk from 1991–95. He has collaborated with the chorus Belarusian Capella since 1992, for which he has researched ancient music from Belarus, and worked as a researcher at the Academy of Music in Kraków and the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk from 1997–99, on a grant from the government of Poland.

He has taught arrangement and orchestration at the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts in Minsk since 2000.

In addition to the works listed below, Mr. Poplavsky has composed incidental music for stage productions and has made many orchestrations.


E-mail address (c/o Galina Gorelova [Halina Harelava]):



Moonlight People (ballet in 3 parts, scenario by the composer), guitar, 2 percussion, string quartet, 1995


Quo vadis, 1986

Music for Viola and Chamber Orchestra (in memoriam Stanisław Hlakowski), viola, small orchestra, 1987

PorazavaSketches, 1991

Dea Luna (symphony), 1996

Barbara Radziwiłł, 1999

Light on the Path, small orchestra (15 players), 2000

Path in the Clouds, small orchestra (15 players), 2001

Gate, small orchestra (15 players), 2003


Sonata, viola, piano, 1984

Refraction, organ, 4 percussion, 1997

Path in the Clouds, oboe, percussion, computer, 2002


BatskovshchynaPatrimony (texts by Larysa Hienijuš, Nil Hilevich), tenor, bass, mixed chorus, orchestra, 1986

Zvany maioy RusiBells of My Ruthenia (texts by Alexander Pushkin, Afanasy Fet, Nikolay Rubtsov), mixed chorus, 2 harps, piano, 4 percussion, 1987

Moy tikhi domMy Tranquil Home (concerto, texts by Yanka Kupala, Yakub Kolas, Larysa Hienijuš), mixed chorus, 1988

Lux æterna (symphony, text by Levon Emilit), tenor, mixed chorus, orchestra, 1990

The Weather of an Already-Late Autumn (song-cycle, text by Leopold Staff), mixed chorus, tubular bells, woodblock, 1998

To the Madonna of Supraśl (text from a songbook from Supraśl), mixed chorus, 1999

Five Selected Songs from a Supraśl Songbook (text from a songbook from Supraśl), mixed chorus, 2003


Night (song-cycle, text by Ales Harun), baritone, piano, 1989

My Soul (song-cycle, text by Maksim Bahdanovič), baritone, flute, piano, 1990


Time Corrosion, fixed media, 1999

LunayontseSoaring in Space, fixed media, 1999