I composed The Courage of Despair (A Tribute to the People of Ukraine) originally as a piano solo. Now I have created a symphonic version, The Courage of Despair Orchestral (Tribute to Ukraine), to evoke the emotion of the composition through the voice of a symphonic orchestra. This composition was a finalist in the International FMC-Film Music Contest in the Symphonic Orchestral category.
Composed with a broken heart at the beginning of the war in Ukraine as I watched families desperately fleeing their homeland. Inspired by the courage of those that stayed behind to fight to preserve Ukraine's freedom and by the uplifting spirit of humanity the Ukrainians possess.