Education (Post-Secondary)
Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto)
  • 1979, Bachelor of Music in Composition, University of Toronto Faculty of Music
  • 1979-81, Master of Music in Composition course studies, University of Toronto; ABD
Other Musical Studies
  • Piano with Antonina Manko; with Kenneth Harrison, Clifford Poole, Dr. Samuel Dolin, and Boris Lysenko, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto
  • Composition with Dr. Samuel Dolin, Royal Conservatory of Music; Oskar Morawetz and Walter Buczynski, University of Toronto
Employment History (Academic)
University of Toronto
  • 2004-2005, appointed 12-month lecturer (40%)
  • Sessional instructor since 1989
  • Taught first, second, and third materials (TMU 120/121, 220/221, 302)
  • Taught Keyboard Skills (TMU 107) and Keyboard Harmony (TMU 105)
  • Taught Sight Singing and Dictation as separate courses
  • Private piano instruction
  • Private composition instruction
  • 2010-2011, appointed 12-month lecturer (75%)
Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto)
  • 1997-2008: appointed to Young Artists Performance Academy
  • Teaching Harmony 3, 4, and 5, Analysis 5, and composition
  • 1996-2010: appointed to Glenn Gould Professional School
  • Taught all required Theory courses (Theory I, II, and III, Keyboard Skills, Dictation)
  • 1981-2009: Community School; taught all levels of theory and private piano
  • 1990-2004: Board of Examiners
Related Professional Activities
Solo Piano
  • Recitals, 1972-
  • Appearances with orchestras, 1980-
  • New music programmes, 1984-
Accompanying and Chamber Music Performing
  • With Roxolana Roslak, Massey Hall, 1980; Edmonton, 1984; Roy Thomson Hall, 1985; St. Lawrence Centre, 1985; Premiere Dance Theatre, 1985; Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop, 1986; ACWC, 1990
  • Recitals at Royal Conservatory of Music
  • Ontario Place, 1987
  • Vesnivka Choir, Carnegie Hall, 1978, 1988; English tour, 1981; several Massey Hall appearances
  • Ukrainian Opera Company, 1979-82
  • Cosmopolitan Opera Company, 1979, 1981
  • Chamber music, St. Lawrence Centre, 1980; Heliconian Hall, 1979, 1981, 1982 Stratford Festival Chamber Music Workshop, 1982
  • Cosmoplitan Opera Company Chorus, 1979
  • Stratford Festival Workshop, 1982
Adjudication duty
  • 2004, Contemporary Music Showcase
  • Ontario Arts Council Music Commissioning juries
  • Manitoba Arts Council Commissioning jury
  • CBC Radio Commissioning jury
Awards and Honours
  • Ontario Arts Council Artists in Schools Programme Grant, 1981-82
  • Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects commission, 1982
  • Several Ontario Arts Council Commissioning Grants, 1978-
  • Peel County Board of Education Music Scholarship, 1973
  • Peel Festival Scholarship in Piano, 1971, 1972
  • Laidlaw Foundation commissioning grants (see list of works)
  • Ontario Arts Council commissioning grants (see list of works)
  • CBC commissioning grants (see list of works)
  • Roger D. Moore commissioning grant
  • Music Toronto commissioning grant
  • Member, Canadian League of Composers
  • Associate of the Canadian Music Centre
  • 1989: Board Member, Association of Canadian Women Composers
Biographical Entries
  • The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada
Recorded Works
  • Cello Sonata, “A Dream Within A Dream”, Jeremy Findlay, MM Services
  • In Memoriam: To the Victims of Chernobyl”, Mary Kenedi, Furiant Records
  • In Memoriam” and “Diabolic Dance”, Christina Petrowska, York Fine Arts Discs
  • Suite of Dances”, Musica Viva, Furiant Records
  • Carol of the Bells”, (arr.), True North Brass, Opening Day Records
  • Piano Concerto #1”; Christina Petrowska-Quilico, Toronto Symphony Orchestra; conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Centre Discs
  • Stars”, “Night”, and “Winds” for SSA and Piano; Spivey Hall Children's Choir, Clayton State University; ACA Digital Recording Inc.l 2007
Boosey and Hawkes
  • Spirits of the Dead” (SATB)
  • Winds”; “Night”; “Stars” (2-part treble with piano)
  • Lone Note”; “Anger in A Minor”; “Celebration Chorus” (3-part treble with piano)
  • Ave, Regina Coelorum” for SSA chorus and piano, 2010
Frederick Harris Publications
  • Romance”, Royal Conservatory of Music Repertoire book, The Piano Odyssey, Grade 5
  • Mysterious Summer's Night”, The Piano Odyssey, Grade 8
True North Brass
  • Carol of the Bells” (arr.)
Jaymar Music
  • Atlantis for Organ
Plangere Press
  • In Memoriam to the Victims of Chornoble” for solo piano (2008)
  • In Search of Eldorado” for voice and piano (2008)
  • Fantasy” for Solo Cello (2008)
“Memoriam for the victims of Chornobyl”

Has recently been published by Plangere Publications and is available through them at Plangere is also publishing Fantasy for Solo Cello and "In Search of Eldorado" in versions for mezzo soprano and soprano.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011

Behold the Night


Kuzmenko's new work, Behold the Night, is a two-movement setting of a pair of poems from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: "Over hill, over dale," and "Now the hungry lion roars." Scored for orchestra and children's choir, it's a harmonically conservative work – as charming and colourful as any film score by Danny Elfman or John Williams. 

— Colin Eatock

Cellist Vernon Regehr presents previously unrecorded, unaccompanied works of six composers, all written in the past decade. As the title of the album suggests, the works display a highly varied array of expressive and emotional landscapes, utilizing the instrument's broad range of tone colour.
Kuzmenko's "One Sister Have I in Our House" for Women's chorus and piano was commissioned by the Tapestry Singers in joyful celebration of their sister singer Sandy Quarles, a gentle soul and a lively spirit. Recorded live at St. Matthews Episcopal Church.
Kuzmenko's JUNO Nominated Piano Concerto on Compact Disc with Pianist "Christina Petrowska Quilico".