There is the wisdom of the past as well as the tireless energy of the future in Marta Shpak’s music! Her voice moves the hearts of people around the world and her songs, like a breath of fresh air, open up the beauty of the soul of Ukraine, its people, language and values!
Marta Shpak – an Honored artist of Ukraine, singer with story of persistent girl, that realized her dream; story of talent, which overcome difficulties and gave strength to others to do the same!
Marta was born in the Pereginsk of inIvano-Francivsk region, on Boykivschyna. From childhood music become her main hobbies. Playing the piano and vocal, choreography and an actor musterly at child’s school of arts, tours with the exemplary folk ensemble «The Little Boyky» – time for the usual children’s games in girl simply do not remain.
At the age of 5 Marta together with her sister Ann went out on the professional stage for the first time. Thanks to their mother Natalya Shpak sisters had been winning All-Ukrainian and International competitions and festivals performing folk and authors songs A-Capella and of course thanks to their mother – the main inspiration, teacher of music and just respected woman – Nataliya Shpak.
In 1999 Marta entered to the State college of arts in Chernivtsi, where she studied at “Choreography” faculty. And exactly on Bukovyna she began her career as a solo singer and team-work with the wonderful composer and teacher of vocal from Bukovyna Oksana Kyrylyuk.
2003-2007 singer entered to the State Academy of the Leading staff of Culture and Arts in Kyiv where she finished Magisr’s degrees of the «Modern choreography» and «Management of organizations and show-biz». She took part in many cultural and arts projects of People’s artists of Ukraine Marjan Gadenko and Lilya Sandulessa .
2005 – Marta Shpak become the soloist of the State Ensemble of songs and dancing of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and the actress of the poetic theatre “Muslya” (“The Shell”, director – Sergiy Arkhypchuk).
From 2006 – she works like vocalist with musiciants and sound-produsers Mykhaylo Nekrasow, Sergiy Gera (Molotov20), Dima Cyperdyuk and Grygoriy Ignatovych («Dazzle Dreams») in ethno-electro project “Enlighted” and other author songs of singer.
2009 – Marta Shpak presented firs music video-clip “The Star in the Sky” (directed by Taras Khymych) – sensual video full of sincere female lyrics.
2010 – Marta participated in the recording of the album Ukrainian rock-band “SKY’ and together with the group’s front-man Oleg Sobchuk recorded a duet song “Story”. The video for this song was shot by director LERT from USA. Also presented original musical project “Ukrainian tango” together with singer Orest Tsymbala, poet and Hero of Ukraine Olga Ilkiv and academic instrumental ansamble “Hight Castle” (Lviv.)
2011. – Singer presented original musical project “Insurgent Tango” with singer and author of this project Orest Cymbala, hero of Ukraine and poet – Olga Ilkiv and academic instrumental ensemble “High Castle” (Lviv).
2012 – Singer, along with children’s folklore ensemble “Little Boiky” presents Ukraine with their performances at the Vatican, in honor of the Ukrainian Christmas tree in the center of the square of St. Peter and an audience with Pope Benedict XVI-th. Also in Moscow celebrating Ukraine’s Day in Russia and Anniversary of the birth of Ukrainian poet and ‘kobzar” Taras Shevchenko.
2013 – Marta Shpak made a concert tour in Canada (Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto) in supporting of her new album “The Star in a Heaven”. She supported ukrainians with her perfomances at the EuroMaidan in Kyiv at the first days of Euro revolution.
2014 – The turning point of her life stems from her connections supporting the Ukrainian nation and its people in their struggle and desire to obtain true freedom and democracy during this tragic events and war that is currently happening in Ukraine. She have been strongly supportive of people at the Maidan in Kyiv at the first hard days of Revolution and all the Ukrainian meetings and concerts in Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg. Her most recent supportive performances were at Toronto’s Independence Day in Centennial Park and Multi-Cultural Pavilions during the Folkloramma Festival in Winnipeg, Monitoba. Also Marta Shpak participated with League of Ukrainian Canadians in honor of their 65th Anniversary, in memory of “Heavenly hundred” and all the Heroes who have already died in war!
These days singer is studying in Canada and preparing a new music project with Canadian musicians.
Music Tours around the World
From the beginning of singing career Marta Shpak travels often abroad. Her singing startled more than one thousand people at the international festivals in Canada, Germany, Poland, Chekh Repablik, Serbia, Russia… After brilliant concerts in Montreal, Toronto and St. Katharine (Canada) Marta become one of the most beloved singer of overseas and not only Ukrainians. Traditional and contemporary songs performed by her opened all beauty of Ukrainian music even for foreign audiences. This is evidenced by her numerous invitations to Canada, Australia and many cities of the USA. So specially for this tours Marta Shpak prepare a joint project with the orchestra international folk music “Cherez’ (USA), dance group “Ukraina” (Canada), contemporary dance group “Eridan’, orchestra “Hight Castle’ and children’s exemplary folk ansamble “Little boyky” (Ukraine).
Who says that it is ashamed to proud of own awards?
Looking back on the already traversed path of creations and aware greatness of invested work Marta allows to herself to be proud of her own achievement, feelings of support and gratitude of thousands listeners in Ukraine and around the world, which give the singer inspiration and strength work with greater dedications. One of important outcome of this was great event in 2009 when Marta Shpak received from the hands of President of Ukraine the honorary title “The Honored Artist of Ukraine’. However each of many victories and awards from childhood are very important for her and will occupy a special place in the heart of singer always.
Here are just some of them:
- “The Song Premiere” 2008, Grand-Prix
- “Golden barn” 2007, Grand-Prix
- “Autumn Randewua ” 2006, Grand-Prix
- “Тhe West of 21 century ”, Grand-Prix
- “Volodymyr 2004”, Grand-Prix
- “On Svityaz waves ” 2004, 2nd prize
- “Wesprem 2002”, Hungary, 3rd prize
- “Kyiv Student Spring 2006”, 1st prize
- “The Song of Heart” 2001, 3rd prize
- “The Vernisage of Songs”, 2001, 1st prize
- “The Ukrainian Family”, 2004, 1st prize
- “The Ancient custle ”, 2000, 1st prize
- “Тhe Morning sunrise , 1995, 3rd prize
- “The Fortune’s Nightingale”,
- Chernivtsi 1995, 2nd prize in genres “author song” and “folk song”
- “The Singing Family”, Kyiv 1995, 2nd prize…
In the creative singer’s work there are five full value different albums.
Modern electronics, folk songs, art poetry and music that opens up world of good and love, that can not leave any heart.
2006 – “Enlighted’, Molotov 20, Marta Shpak & Sergiy Gera & RC “Athlantic”
The modern treatment of traditional Ukrainian folk music.
2008 – “A daybreak” , Marta Shpak
The first album of modern Ukrainian mainly author songs.
2009 – “Songs of Boykivschyna”, Marta Shpak & “Little boyky”
A unique collection of authentic songs (kolmyyky, gaivky, wedding anciant and love’s songs ) of Rozhnyativ district wilage Perehinsk specifically.
2011 – “Insurgent Tango” – Marta Shpak, Orest Cymbala, Olga Ilkiv and “High Castle”.
Best Songs on poems of the poet and the Hero of Ukraine – Olga Ilkiv. The album is an important contribution to the history of the Ukrainian tango and hard Ukrainian destiny with fighting for Freedom.
2013 – “The Star in a Heaven” – Marta Shpak and Igor Balan “Aqua Vita”.
Contempory and Ukrainian folk songs arranged by Marta Shpak and Igor Balan “Aqua Vita” and the songs of the legendary Ukrainian poets and composers as M.Mozhovyy, A.Demydenka, O.Havrysh, M.Svydyuk, M. Boyko, T.Shevchenko, I.Stadnyk, I.Shamo, O.Sobchuk (frontmen of rock-band “SKAY”).
But this dream og Ukrainian beauty – to show the unique Ukrainian culture around the world – is just beginning. She writes own songs, create dance performances for her concerts, takes part in the social charitable actions and works tirelessly on herself!
“Believe me: Marta says – the smallest success of each of us specifically will be a large share of our common happy future! One important think: we have to live and create with love and gratitude!!!”
No wonder art of Marta Shpak reveals all beauty of the soul of Ukrainian people, language and national values. No wonder she successfully directed on path of her destiny with song in heart and love to Ukraine..!