News has come in of the death of Julia Gomelskaya, Ukraine’s most successful composer, together with her husband Sergei, an instrumental player. They had been together since student days, a devoted couple.
The pair were killed in a two-car smash on the Odessa-Nikolayev road three days ago while on their way to a concert marking the 80th birthday of Julia’s teacher, Alexander Krasotova.
Julia and Sergei were 52.
Julia, originally from Saratov in Russia, won a 1990s scholarship to the Guildhall in London, where she studied with Robert Saxton and received her first commissions, from the Spitalfields Festival and the Wigmore Hall.
In 2002 she wrote a chamber opera, The Divine Sarah, for BBC Radio 3.
In all, she leaves about 90 works.
A friend, in shock, describes Julia as ‘excellent personality, enormous talent’.
May she and Sergei rest in peace.
Our condolences to their daughter.