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Igor LUCHENOK
   Belarus

People’s Artist of the USSR (1987), People’s Artist of the Belarusian SSR (1982), Merited Worker of Culture of Poland (1989)

Igor Luchenok headed the International jury of the International Contest of Young Performers of Pop Song in 1997. Igor Luchenok has participated in the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk” since 1992. At the first music forum he was a jury member of the International Contest of Young Performers of Pop Song. He was awarded a diploma for great contribution to the development of the art of singing and continuous creative work with young performers.

In 2000, he joined the International jury of the International Contest of Young Performers of Pop Song another time.

Igor Luchenok took part in the in the gala concerts of the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the festival, the gala concerts of masters of arts of Belarus and Russia.

In 2008, his jubilee recital “Restless Heart” opened the program of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”.

His songs have been performed on stage of the Summer Amphitheatre for many festival years.

In 2011, he was awarded “Through Art to Peace and Mutual Understanding” special award of the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and a Star on the Walk of Fame in Vitebsk.

Opening of the Star of People’s Artist of the USSR, composer Igor Luchenok

Opening of the Star of People’s Artist of the USSR, composer Igor Luchenok

Igor Luchenok was born on 6 August 1938. He studied cymbalo and piano at music school. A graduate of the Belarusian State Conservatory in 1961, he had training at the Leningrad Conservatory between 1963 and 1964.

In 1967, he completed a post-graduate course at the Moscow Conservatory named after Khrennikov.

Opening of the Star of People’s Artist of the USSR, composer Igor Luchenok

Igor Luchenok worked as an artist of the State National Orchestra of the BSSR and as a teacher at schools and musical colleges.

He is the first prizewinner of the I All-Union Soviet Song Contest for the song-ballad “Memory of the Heart” (1966).

Luchenok was awarded the Lenin Komsomol Prize (1967, 1972) and the State Prize of the Belarusian SSR (1976).

From 1982 to 1986, he was the Rector of the Belarusian State Conservatory.

Igor Luchenok is Professor and Doctor of Science.

He works in different genres, ranging from vocal-symphonic and chamber-instrumental to chamber-vocal.

His songs “Spadchina” (lyrics: Yanka Kupala, 1972) and “Moi Rodny Kut” (lyrics: Yakun Kolas, 1976) are considered national anthems.

Igor Luchenok has composed over 400 songs including his famous “He Was Born In Spring” (lyrics: A. Chepurov, 1960), “Ballad About Soldier’s Heart” (choir) (1962), “Komsomol Youth” (lyrics: N. Altukhov, 1965), “Ballad About Minsk” (lyrics: A. Rusak, 1968), “Cranes Fly Over Polesie” (lyrics: A. Staver, 1968), “Verasy” (lyrics: I. Skurko, 1971), “Alesya” (lyrics: A. Kuleshov, 1972), “Veronika” (lyrics: M. Bogdanovich, 1974), “Dudariki” (lyrics: A. Grachanikov, 1975) and others.

He is also the author of compositions for a variety orchestra, music for drama performances, radio and television productions, movies and music for children.

Igor Luchenok is the author of the anthem of the Union State of Belarus and Russia.

He is Cavalier of the Order of Friendship, Badge of Honour, the Order of Frantsisk Skorina (Belarus, 1998). He has a Star on the Square of Stars at the Concert Hall “Russia” in Moscow (1999).

Igor Luchenok is the Honorary Citizen of Minsk, Maryina Gorka of the Minsk region and Salsk of the Rostov region.