Ukrainians are talented at many forms of art, and classic music is not an exception. Ukraine is a homeland for lots of gifted artists, famous both in their native land and abroad. Performing the most eminent compositions of classic music on the best scenes of the world, Ukrainian musicians, composers, orchestra conductors and opera singers have gained love and recognition of numerous music enthusiasts. Let`s dive into the magic world of music for a while and read biographies of the best classic musicians in Ukraine.
Olexiy Botvynov, nowadays considered as a part of world pianism elite, was born on September 8, 1964, in Odesa. From 1981 till 1985, Olexiy studied in Odesa Conservatory, and in 1983, at the age of 19, he surprised the audience at the first Rakhmaninoff contest in Moscow, being the youngest participant and awardee. After that, the young musician became the lead singer of Odesa Philharmonic Hall and the professor of Conservatory. In 1994, Olexiy left Ukraine and began to work abroad, but he always kept citizenship of Ukraine and his position of Odesa Philharmonic lead voice. Currently, Olexiy lives in Odesa, combining his performances as Philharmonic lead singer with world-wide tours. Being at the top list of the best classic musicians in Ukraine, Botvynov is also well-known as one of the best performers of Rakhmaninoff music in the world. His repertoire includes more than 30 concerts for piano with orchestra. Olexiy Botvynov is the only one pianist of the world, who has played “Goldberg Variations”, a very complicated masterpiece of Johann Sebastian Bach, more than 290 times on different scenes. The musician works with the leading European orchestras; the most famous milestones of his career include tours throughout Germany and Belgium with Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and tour in China with eminent Zurich Chamber Orchestra. Olexiy Botvynov has a reputation of innovator in classic music. The artist launched many unique projects, paying special attention to synthesis of different art forms, such as music, theatre and ballet.
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Roman Kofman, born June 15, 1936, in Kyiv, is the famous Ukrainian orchestra conductor, composer, writer and poet. He got education in Novosybirsk, then in Gorky Conservatory (Russian Federation), and then learned to play violin in Kyiv Conservatory. In 1963, he became the first violin of Kyiv Chamber Orchestra. Along with this, Roman studied orchestra conducting (1971). In 1978 he got the position of professor of the National Music Academy of Ukraine and director of student orchestra. In 1990, he also became the head of Kyiv Chamber Orchestra. In 2003-2008, Roman Kofman worked in Germany as the General Music Director of the City of Bonn, being in charge of Beethoven Orchestra and Bonn Opera. With this orchestra, maestro Kofman recorded Liszt `s oratorio “Сhrist” and all symphonies of Shostakovich. In Bonn Opera, he has performed 10 operas, including rare for Europe "The Fair at Sorochyntsi" by Mussorgsky. In general, Roman Kofman has worked with 80 foreign orchestras during his career. However, he never stopped working with Ukrainian orchestras as well. In Kyiv, Roman Kofman presented “All symphonies of Beethoven” and “All symphonies of Franz Schubert” concert programs. Besides that, he performed some works written by Ukrainian composers of new generation. In 2009-2010, Kofman became the first conductor in the world, whose orchestra performed all Mozart`s symphonies during one concert season. From 2012, Roman Kofman has been working as the main conductor of Symphonic Orchestra of the National Philharmonic Hall of Ukraine.
Liudmyla Monastyrska, famous opera diva, was born on May 25, 1975, in village Irkliyev in Cherkasy oblast` of Ukraine. Nowadays, Liudmyla is the lead singer of the National Opera of Ukraine, performing leading roles in operas of Giuseppe Verdi (”Aida”, “A Masked Ball”, “Macbeth”, “Don Carlos”, “Nabucco”, “Attila”, “Requiem”), Giacomo Puccini (“Tosca”, “Turandot”), Pietro Mascagni (“Rustic Chivalry”). With her unique dramatic soprano, Liudmyla Monastyrska is undoubtedly one of the best classic musicians in Ukraine and one of the most powerful opera voices of modernity. Starting from 2010 года, she has been winning hearts of audience on the best world stages. The Ukrainian singer has been invited to perform leading roles in New York Metropolitan Opera, “La Scala” in Milan, “Deutsche Opera” in Berlin and “Covent Garden” in London. The list of Liudmyla Monastyrska`s partners includes such famous stars as Spanish singer Placido Domingo and Italian artist Leo Nucci. Of course, nowadays diva has a tight schedule of concerts abroad, but she never misses a chance to please Ukrainian listeners with her amazing voice at the National Opera of Ukraine.
Antoniy Baryshevsky was born on October 10, 1988, in Kyiv. He started playing piano at the age of 7. When he was 16, Antoniy became the winner of the “Man of the Year” all-Ukrainian program, and a year later he took part in European Radio contest in Munich, Germany. In 2007, the young pianist entered Petro Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine, and in 2015 he also completed educational course at leading conservatory in Paris. In 2012, Antoniy Baryshevsky became the leading singer of the National Philharmonic Hall of Ukraine. Antoniy is an awardee of many Ukrainian contests and festivals, as well as more than 20 international contests, including Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv and “Interlaken-Classics” international contest of pianists in Berne. Antoniy Baryshevsky regularly performs solo and with orchestras in Ukraine and abroad. The young musician has been successfully touring through France, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Iceland, Serbia, Romania, Belarus, Poland, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Morocco, Israel and the USA.
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