National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

18 October – 05 November 2023

Conductor: Volodymyr Sirenko

Soloist: Aleksey Semenenko (violin), Antonii Baryshevskyi (piano)

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is not represented by IMG Artists

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Formed by Council of Ministers of Ukraine in November of 1918, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is considered to be one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. Its first conductor was Oleksander Horilyj, followed by Natan Rachlin, who  was their Artistic Director betweem 1937 until 1962. Stefan Turchak, Volodymyr Kozhuchar, Fedir Hlushchenko, Igor Blazhkov and Theodore Kuchar have all since held the position of the  Orchestra’s Principal Conductor. Other conductors who have worked with the NSOU include Leopold Stokowski, Igor Markevitch, Kurt Sanderling, Evgeny Mravinsky, Kiril Kondrashin, Evgeny Svetlanov, and Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Volodymr Sirenko has been Artistic Director and Chief Conductor since April 1999. In June 2006, Alexander Hornostai  joined the orchestra as Managing Director and Producer. 

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Volodymyr Sirenko, conductor

Born in the Poltava region of Ukraine, Volodymyr Sirenko has been compared by the international press to other brilliant conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen and Simon Rattle. 

His conducting debut took place at the Kyiv Philharmonic Hall in 1983 with works by Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Boulez. In 1989 Sirenko graduated from the Kyiv Conservatoire where he studied conducting under Professor Allin Vlasenko. In 1990, he was a finalist at the International Conducting Competition in Prague. A year later, he was appointed as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Ukrainian Radio Symphony Orchestra, a position which he held until 1999. During this period, he made over 300 recordings that are now in the keeping of the Ukrainian Radio and include Mozart Symphonies Nos. 38 and 41, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Brahms A German Requiem, Rachmaninov Bells, Dvorak Symphonies Nos. 7 and 9. 

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Aleksey Semenenko, violin

The refined, impassioned and commanding playing of Ukrainian violinist Aleksey Semenenko identify him as inheritor of the great Odessa violin tradition and earnt him places on both the BBC New Generation Artists scheme and Young Concert Artists in New York, bringing him to the attention of audiences across Europe and the US.

He has given recitals at Snape Maltings, Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center and Alice Tully Hall, and performed concertos with orchestras including BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Seattle Symphony, Orchestra of St Luke’s, National Orchestra of Belgium, Ulster Orchestra, Kyiv Symphony and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. His festival performances include invitations at the Hay, Cheltenham and Edinburgh festivals.

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Antonii Baryshevskyi, piano

Antonii Baryshevskyi is a prominent Ukrainian pianist. Winner of several prestigious international piano competitions such as the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition and “Premio Jaen”, he was also runner up in the Feruccio Busoni International Piano Competition.  Antonii is also a solo artist of the National Philharmonie of Ukraine and teaches master classes in Ukraine and abroad. Baryshevskyi is a regular member of the International Summer Academy of Music in Ochsenhausen (Germany). 

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1988, Baryshevskyi started playing the piano at the age of seven. He graduated from the National Music Academy of Ukraine and École Normale de Musique de Paris where he studied with Professors Valerii Kozlov and Marian Rybicki. He also trained under Alina Sorkina, Ryta Donskaya, and Lily Dorfman. 

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