Maxim Kolomiiets (b. 1981) is a composer and oboist from Kyiv. He graduated from the National Music Academy of Ukraine as an oboist (2005) and as a composer (2009) and from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln as a composer (class of Johannes Schöllhorn, 2016). He is the winner of the national competitions Gradus ad Parnassum (Kyiv, 2000), Step to the Left (Saint Petersburg, 2012) and III Prize on Vareler Komponistenpreis (Oldenburg, 2015). His music has been performed at the international festivals: MATA-Festival (New York), Summer New Music Courses in Darmstadt (Darmstadt), New Talents (Cologne), Donaueschinger Musiktage, Warsaw Autumn (Warsaw), World Music Days (Leuven), Other Space (Moscow), Gogolfest (Kyiv), Contrasts (Lviv), Randfestspiele (Zepernick) etc. Kolomiiets is the co-founder of Ensemble Nostri Temporis, co-founder and curator of the KORA Art-Cube art space, and founder of the ensemble of ancient music Luna Ensemble. Since 2015 he has been the oboe soloist of the Ukho Ensemble for contemporary music (Kyiv).
Compressed Light is a 2009 composition for brass quintet and percussion that was commissioned by the Izolyatsia Foundation.