In Memoriam: Valery Poswaliuk (1947-2018)


ITG has learned of the passing of Ukrainian trumpet figure Valery Terentyevich Poswaliuk. 

Poswaliuk was born in 1947 and studied at the Kiev Conservatory under Wilhelm Maryanovich Yablonsky.  Valery was a member of the Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra and later the opera and ballet orchestra in Kiev.  He taught at the National (Tchaikovsky) Music Academy of Ukraine beginning in 1998, and later became Vice-Rector of the Academy. 

Valery Terentyevich Poswaliuk

Valery was a frequent soloist in recital and was among the first trumpeters in Ukraine to use piccolo trumpet.  He produced several solo/piano CDs, and was on numerous radio and TV recordings.

He was a founder and president of the Ukrainian Guild of Professional Trumpeters, and active as an adjudicator and clinician in many international events.  As host of the 1998 Euro-ITG Conference in Kiev, he brought many artists from both Eastern and Western Europe, as well as several from the USA to adjudicate, perform and give classes. 

He published a trumpet method in Kiev in 2002, as well as an advanced method in 2013 and in 2015, Poswaliuk edited a collection of seven short pieces by M. B. Lysenko, arranging them for trumpet and piano.  Valery has had a number of articles published in the Ukraine Trumpet Guild periodical as well as the ITG Journal.  He published two texts of particular import. One was The Trumpeters of Kiev, researched largely though personal interviews with older players, and the other a large volume detailing the history of the National (Tchaikovsky) Academy of Ukraine to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1913. 

Valery is survived by his wife, Tanya his son, Kostya who is a professional trumpeter, as well as Kostya’s wife and son.

(Source: Kim Dunnick)

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