Mykola Vilinsky

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Mykola Vilinsky
Born (1888-05-02)2 May 1888
Golta, Ananyiv district, Russian Empire
Died 7 September 1956(1956-09-07) (aged 68)
Kiev, Ukraine
Occupation(s) Composer
Years active 1919–1957

Mykola Vilinsky (also spelt Nikolai Vilinsky, Nikolai Vilinski, N. Vilinskii, Mykola Vilinskyi Ukrainian: Микола Миколайович Вілінський, Russian: Николай Николаевич Вилинский) (b. 2 May 1888, Holta, Ananyiv district, Russian Empire d. 7 September 1956, Kiev) was a Ukrainian composer[1][2] and a professor at the Odessa and Kiev Conservatories.

He was descended from a Ukrainian family of hereditary nobles.[3] He was a cousin of musicologist Alexander Ossovsky and singer Ksenia Derzhinskaia.[4]

Vilinsky founded the Ballade genre of Ukrainian piano music. He was a student of Witold Maliszewski at Odessa Conservatory, graduated in 1919. Before the Conservatory Vilinsky studied law at the Imperial Novorossiiski University (now Odessa University), graduated in 1912. In 1926 Vilinsky was appointed as a professor at Odessa Conservatory. Professor at Kiev Conservatory since 1944. Musicians such as Emil Gilels, David Oistrakh, and Yakov Zak, among others,[5] studied his classes on special harmony and polyphony.

M.Vilinsky composed [6] symphonic suites, cantata, chamber music, virtuoso ballade[7] for piano, piano miniatures, songs, arrangements for choir of Ukrainian, Russian, Moldavian folk songs. Mykola Vilinsky's students included Konstantyn Dankevych, Oleksandr Bilash, Oscar Feltsman, David Gershfeld, Anton Mucha.

His daughter, Irina Vilinskaia (1920-1986) was famous both in Ukraine and abroad as a professor of music who composed and published a number of books on vocalises and Ukrainian folk songs arrangements.[8]


  • Vilinsky, Mykola Mykolayovych in The New Grove. Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Edited by Stanley Sadie, Vol. 26. Macmillan Publishers Limited 2001.
  • M. Mikhailov, M. M. Vilinsky, Kiev, 1962 (see [2])
  • Valentina Nazarenko, Elegy about Mykola Vilinsky, "Day" Newspaper №75, Wednesday 23 April 2008 [3]
  • Valentina Nazarenko, Ukrainian page of maestro Maliszewski, "Day" Newspaper, №143, Saturday 15 August 2009 [4]


  1. ^
  2. ^ New York Public Library archives at
  3. ^ E. Chernetsky, S. Lysenko, Pravoberezhna Szlachta (The nobles in Ukraine, End of XVIII - first half of XIX century), Bila Tserkva, Ukraine: 2007 (in Ukrainian language)
  4. ^ Ksenia Derzhinskaia (1889-1951) was an outstanding Russian operatic soprano, a friend of Sergei Rachmaninoff, see portrait by Mikhail Nesterov ru:Файл:Nesterov derzhinskaya.jpg, Tretyakov Gallery
  5. ^ Yakov Zak, Stat'i, Materialy, Vospominaniia (Papers, Documents, Memoirs), Moscow, "Sovetskii Kompozitor": 1980, p. 125 (see [1])
  6. ^ For a complete list of works, see M. Mikhailov, M. M. Vilinsky, Kiev, 1962
  7. ^ Emil Gilels performed virtuoso Ballade in Form of Variations by M. Vilinsky L.A. Barenboim, Emil Gilels: tvorcheskiĭ portret artista. Moscow: Sov. kompozitor: 1990, p. 55
  8. ^ Toronto University library archives

External links[edit]

  • The 125th anniversary of the birth of Mykola Vilinsky [5][6].
  • Mykola Vilinsky (see [7] (in Russian language), [8])
  • Piano works by Mykola Vilinsky, performed by V. Ryzhkov (see [9])
  • From Russia With Love, Michael Minsky Part: 2 - Mykola Vilinsky "Song About Karmaliuk" (No. 17) (see [10])
  • Mykola Vilinsky, "Ballade in Forms of Variations" (see Video on YouTube)