- Lesya Lantsuta
(b Odessa, Feb 20, 1955). Ukrainian composer. Having studied the piano with G. Kuchinsky and Ye. Pannikova from 1962 at a special music school, she entered the Odessa State Conservatory in 1972 where she continued her piano studies with L. Ginzburg and took composition lessons with A. Krasotov. From 1980 she taught at Odessa State Conservatory, and after winning a prize in the Dresden Weber competition in 1983, she undertook post-graduate research at the Moscow Pedagogical Institute under G. Tsïpin (1986–9) gaining a ‘kandidat’ degree in pedagogical sciences. In 1990 she was a finalist at the Rendezvous international de piano en Creuse; she attended the Darmstadt summer courses in 1992 and 1997, and in 1995 received a grant from the Heinrich Belle Foundation, Germany. She is the organizer of the ‘Two days and two nights of new music in Odessa’ festival and has participated in numerous festivals in Chişinău, Cologne, Kiev, L′viv and Freiburg. Tsepkolenko’s work has been placed in the so-called conceptual movement, and is comparable – in terms of the variety of genres and techniques – with contemporary Western trends....