Roman Yakub received his early musical training in Lviv (Western Ukraine).
He graduated from Lviv State Conservatory (now - National Academy of Music) in 1982 with Diploma in Music Composition.

In 1991 he moved to the USA, where he received Master's degree in Composition from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and his Doctoral Degree in Music Composition from Boston University.

Roman Yakub received several national and international awards, including First Prize in the Ithaca College Choral Composition Contest (2006), runner-up in the ALEA III International Composition Competition (1997), Telly Award (2003), MacDowell Colony Fellowship (2000), and ASCAP awards in 2002-2012.

Mr. Yakub's music was performed in the former Soviet Union (Moscow, Kiev, Yerevan, Baku, Lviv, etc.), as well as in the USA and Europe. His music had been commissioned by New York City festivals "Bridge" and "Bachanalia", University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Lviv Philharmonic, Ministry of Culture of Russia, and by numerous theater and TV companies.

Mr. Yakub has been teaching music in various music schools throughout Russia and US. He was a faculty member at Boston University (Electronic and Computer Music), Hampshire College (Tonal Theory, 20th/21st Century Contemporary Musical Practices), and Amherst College (Theory, Composition).