Composer Gamma Skupinsky

 
 

Before escaping to the United States,

Gamma Skupinsky’s initial musical endeavors –

formal training and professional work – were pursued

in his native Russia.  He  received the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from State Music College; and after five years of study in composition and orchestration with Albert Leman and Nazib Zhiganov at the State Conservatory, he obtained his Master of Musical Arts degree.


 

A journey in music

After graduating from the Boston University composer Gamma Skupinsky worked at his Hollywood post-production studio “Gamma Soundworks” working on soundtracks for major studios (Sony, New Wave Entertainment, Kushner-Locke, etc.) and independent film makers.  The movie ”Criminals”   with Gamma Skupinsky’s soundtrack was included in 10 best independent movies of the year 2000. 


Mr. Skupinsky’s compositions cover a wide range of genres which include concert music, jazz, rock, pop, and folk.  While still in Russia, he was the music director, composer, arranger, producer and keyboardist of such popular bands as ”Chervona Ruta” with Sofia Rotaru and SmerichkaHe also composed the first Ukrainian electronic ballet, and his rock oratorio E=MC2 caused a controversy within official government circles, resulting in the Communist Party and the KGB forbidding its performance.  

Mr. Skupinsky’s music have won prizes at a number of international competitions and have been recorded on the Melodiya, MMC, Gosteleradio, and Musa labels.  He received commissions from the City of Boston, the Dance Central ballet group, and Harvest recordings.


                      

Gamma Skupinsky’s music on “YOUTUBE”                      Gamma Skupinsky’s music on “MY SPACE”


Mr. Skupinsky has continued his musical education at the New England Conservatory, where his mentors were Malcolm Peyton (composition), George Russell  and William Thomas McKinley  (jazz studies). After earning a Master’s degree with honors there, he went on to complete his Doctorate at Boston University, attending classes in composition with Robert Sirota, Marjorie Merryman and Bernard Rands, conducting with  Carl St. Clair  and Charles Fussell , and music history with Joel Sheveloff and

John Daverio