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Myron Maksymiw






The year 1981 was a time when there was very limited access to the music of classical composers from Eastern Bloc countries.

Musicus Bortnianskii is a chamber choir founded in 1981 by Artistic Director and Conductor Myron Maksymiw to perform and promote the works of Ukrainian and East European composers of music for chorus and orchestra. The repertoire of Musicus Bortnianskii ranges from early Renaissance to Classical and 20th century music. Moving with ease among all these periods, Musicus Bortnianskii unveils the untapped wealth of music of Ukraine for the last five hundred years. Works by Dmytro Bortniansky (1751 -1825) and his contemporaries, Maksym Berezowsky (1745 -1777) and Artem Vedel (1767-1808) form the core of the choirs' programme. The works of Western composers like Sarti and Galuppi  who worked in Eastern Europe are also part of Musicus Bortnianskii repertoire.

Musicus Bortnianskii has been and is actively involved in music search and research, of previously lost or forgotten compositions of Ukraine, and to date has perhaps the most complete collection of early Ukrainian music (Partesni Konzerty, works by Bortniansky, Vedel, Maksym Berezowsky and others).

Musicus Bortnianskii has performed in Toronto and its vicinity, and in the USA for the Millennium of Christianity in Ukraine. It has broadcast on CBC National Radio and Television, and most recently on BBC Radio 3.


Musicus Bortnianskii has eleven recordings to its credit.


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"Mr. Maksymiw 's interpretation of all of Bortniansky 's works... was poised, polished and flawless... "

The Ukrainian Weekly
New York NY

"Musicus Bortnianskii sings with strong, true, pure tone... "


The Boston Globe

Boston MA

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"Musicus Bortnianskii is distinguished by technical fluency, clarity, freshness of sound, delicate phrasing and crystal-clear intonation... "

The Ukrainian Weekly

New York NY



was delighted to hear "period-conscious" performances of this [Partesni Motets] repertoire.

Ivan Moody
Composer, Writer


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