11 Facts About Oleksandr Bilash


Oleksandr Ivanovych Bilash was a Soviet and Ukrainian composer and the author of popular lyric songs, ballads, operas, operettas, oratorios and music for films.


Oleksandr Bilash's father, Ivan Panasovych Bilash, played balalaika and guitar; his mother, Yevdokiya Andriyivna, was a solo singer at rural gatherings.


In 1951, Oleksandr Bilash had successfully passed the entrance examinations for entry into the faculty of Composition of the Kyiv Conservatory.


Oleksandr Bilash studied composition with the outstanding Ukrainian composer and teaching professor Mykola Vilinsky.


Already Oleksandr Bilash had emerged as a pre-eminent and prolific Ukrainian composer who had contributed immensely to variety of musical genres and styles.


One of them - "Roman and Francesca" with the celebrated lyric songs by Oleksandr Bilash was the first Soviet film where love between a Soviet sailor and a foreign girl was not criminalized.


At the time of Chernobyl nuclear accident in April 1986, the popular lyric song "Dva kolyory" composed by Oleksandr Bilash sounded like a revelation.


From 1976 to 1994 Oleksandr Bilash served as the Chairman of the Kyiv branch of the Union of Composers of Ukraine.


Oleksandr Bilash was one of the most highly regarded Ukrainian composers and his creative output was highly praised.


Oleksandr Bilash's wife was famous Ukrainian singer Larysa Ostapenko-Bilash with whom he had two daughters Lesya and Oksana.


Oleksandr Bilash was buried at the Baikove Cemetery in Kyiv, the burial place of the Ukrainian elite.