Neonila Lagodyuk - Composer, Pianist, Pedagogue

Neonila Lagodyuk is writing music in various styles including jazz, folklore, variety art and classical music. Since 1997 she has registered copyrights for more than 500 compositions for piano, 20 compositions for saxophone with orchestra, concerts for trumpet and saxophone, rhapsody for two grand pianos and two song collections. Neonila Lagodyuk is an author of the first Ukrainian jazz textbook, which is fully based on author’s work material and unique teaching methodology. Students from music colleges in Canada, Germany and France learn to play jazz using her textbooks.

BIOGRAPHY
Ms. Lagodyuk was born in the city of Boghuslav, Ukraine. At the age of five she started attending music school. Thereafter, she graduated with honours from 10-year music school named by Mykola Lysenko.
In 1997 Ms. Lagodyuk successfully finished her higher music education graduating from National University of Culture and Arts.
Neonila Lagodyuk has huge performance experience. The last two concerts took place in the Large Columnar Hall of the National Music Academy of Ukraine and in the Columnar Hall of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine. At the same time, while pursuing her own solo career as a musician and performer, she has also been a member of playing and singing ensemble of Y. Sinelnikov.
Skills of Neonila Lagodyuk were highly appreciated by Carlos Pascual, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine (2000-2003):
“Neonila is an excellent musician, with a tremendous capacity to gear her music to the audience. Her repertoire is principally jazz, but she is ready to venture into other areas. Neonilas’ music helped transform many formal events into memorable social occasions. Even during business events Neonila always found the right tone to facilitate the discussion and help guests feel relaxed. Her music, however, is more than just pleasant and relaxing. It reflects technical skill and the subtleties of a seasoned performer. I was fortunate to have found her and to have benefited from her musical talents. ”

Work of Ms. Lagodyuk has been monitored in mass media (newspapers “Culture and Life”, “Weekend”; radio stations BBC Ukraine, BBC World, BBC 3, First and Second Ukrainian radio stations; TV station NTN)
In March 2009 Ms. Lagodyuk was invited by Stockholm University for concert and master classes at University’s Music Department and at children music school “Orpheus”.
At present time, Neonila Lagodyuk is a pedagogue and methodologist of highest qualification at Variety Department of Evening Music School No. 1, named by Kyrylo Stetsenko. She is actively promoting her unique methodology and holding master classes across Ukraine.

Discography
2002 Original Jazz Compositions for Piano
2005 Only Grand Piano
2008 Omnibus
2011 Album name to be announced later

Film Music
2005 "Museum of Inevitability", Ukraine, directed by Rolan and Ivan Serghienko
2006 "Towards Love and Care", Ukraine, directed by Elena Kravchenko

Textbooks and printed music collections
2003 "The School of Jazz Performance"
2005 " Jazz Studies with Improvisation"
2009 “Merry jazz”, collection of pieces for young jazzmen
2010 " Jazz and variety pieces for saxophone and piano"
2010 " Jazz piano ensembles"