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Andriy Bobyr

Andriy Matviyevych Bobyr (13/12/1915-18/5/1994), People's Artist of Ukraine (1986).

Andriy Bobyr was born in the village of Nychyporivka, in the Kiev Governorate of the Russian Empire.

He was known as a bandurist, teacher and conductor. In 1931 he completed his studies at the Kiev Music Tekhnikum, and in 1947 the conservatory (class of Hryhory Veriovka). In 1951 he completed post graduate studies.

In 1936 he became a member of the Radio Bandurist Capella and later its director.

During WWII he became a fighter pilot. In 1946 he returned to Kiev to direct the Radio Bandurist Capella. In 1965 the Capella was transformed into the Orchestra of Ukrainian Folk instruments of the Ukrainian Television and Radio.

Bobyr was teacher of bandura at the Kiev Conservatory from 1938-41, and from 1949-79.

His repertoire included numerous dumy (sung epic poems):

  • Marusia Bohuslavka
  • The three brothers from Oziv
  • About the widow and her three sons.


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