Volodymyr Runchak (born in 1960 in Lutsk, Ukraine) studied at the Kiev State Conservatory (1979-1986) where he graduated as an accordionist, composer and conductor. He also studied with P.H. Diettrich, V. Globokar, M. Kopytman, E. Denissov and G. Stabler. In 1984, Runchak won first prize in Ukraine's national accordion competition, and has performed frequently as an accordionist. He is a member of the Union of Composers of Ukraine, the International Association of Composers and the Association of New Music. He has conducted orchestras in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and France, and has given the world and Ukrainian premieres of more than 100 works by contemporary composers, many of these at the New Music Concert Series in Kiev, which he himself founded. Runchak's works have been frequently performed throughout Europe, and he has been featured in a number of concerts devoted entirely to his music. His compositional style is a fusion of emotionalism and structural precision, often employing unusual combinations of instruments, exotic arrangements of players and humorous composition titles. In his works, Runchak strives to reconcile direct aesthetic appeal with textural complexity and significant performance challenges.
Works by Volodymyr Runchak available from Duma Music: