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Daniel Hope



British violinist Daniel Hope has toured the world as a virtuoso soloist for more than twenty years. He is renowned for his musical versatility and creativity, and for his dedication to humanitarian causes. Hope performs as soloist with the world’s major orchestras and conductors, directs many ensembles from the violin, and plays chamber music in a wide variety of traditional and new venues. He was also the youngest ever member of the Beaux Arts Trio during its last six seasons. Raised in England and educated at Highgate School in London, Hope earned degrees at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Russian pedagogue Zakhar Bron.

Called “adventurous and brilliant” by the New York Times, Hope was named “the most exciting British string player since Jacqueline du Pré,” by the London Observer. A recent New York Times review summarized him as “a violinist of probing intellect and commanding style,” and continued: “In a business that likes tidy boxes drawn around its commodities, the British violinist Daniel Hope resists categorization. Mr. Hope, a compelling performer whose work involves standard repertory, new music, raga, and jazz, emphasizes thoughtful engagement over flamboyant display. In his most personal undertakings, he puts classical works within a broader context – not just among other styles and genres but amid history, literature, and drama – to emphasize music’s role as a mirror for struggle and aspiration.”

Hope has performed in all of the world’s most prestigious venues and with the greatest orchestras including the Boston, Chicago, Toronto, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, as well as the major orchestras of Berlin, Birmingham, Dallas, Detroit, Dresden, Israel, London, Moscow, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm and Vienna. He has performed at the world’s most important festivals, such as the BBC Proms and the Salzburg, Lucerne, Ravinia, Verbier and Tanglewood festivals.

Highlights of Hope’s 2011-12 season include appearances with the Los Angeles Philhamonic and Leonard Slatkin at the Hollywood Bowl, the Britten Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, his third appearance with the Oslo Phiharmonic Orchestra and recitals in New York, Washington, Aspen, and at Savannah Music Festival, where Hope has been Associate Artistic Director since 2003, and where he has recently renewed his contract until 2015. Hope is also the Artistic Director of the prestigious Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, a summer Festival set in one of Germany’s most beautiful provinces and hosting over 120 concerts for more than 70,000 visitors. In addition to the festival’s many chamber and symphonic concerts, Hope arranged a special multi-genre concert to raise awareness of the world’s climate change crisis, supported by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Over the years Daniel Hope has commissioned and performed dozens of new works. In the summer of 2009, he gave the world- and UK-premiere performances of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s second violin concerto, Fiddler on the Shore – written for Hope and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra – in Leipzig and at London’s BBC Proms. In 2011 he gave the world première performance of Bechara El-Khoury’s “War Concerto”, also written for him, with the NDR Symphony Orchestra – he will perform the piece again in Berlin with the Konzerthausorchester in June 2012, and with the Oslo Philharmonic in September 2012. Hope has enjoyed close contact with composers such as HK Gruber, Sofia Gubaidulina, György Kurtág, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alfred Schnittke, and Mark-Anthony Turnage. He recorded Toru Takemitsu’s violin concerto, “Nostalgia”, with the composer. In 2008, Hope and Stewart Copeland, the former drummer of The Police, premiered Copeland’s Celeste for violin and percussion at the Savannah Music Festival.

In January 2012 Daniel Hope renewed his exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, for whom he has made eight acclaimed recordings to date. His latest release for DG is a celebration of the highly influential violinist and composer Joseph Joachim (1831- 1907) and is centred around the Bruch concerto, a work with which Joachim is closely associated. The Bruch was recorded in summer 2010 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Sakari Oramo. His previous release, Air. a baroque journey, looks at the history of the violin in the Baroque era. The CD pairs well-known works such as Pachelbel’s Canon, the folk tune “Greensleeves” and Bach’s sublime Air with rarely-heard compositions by Falconieri, Matteis, Geminiani and Westhoff, among others. Gramophone magazine called it “an exciting disc, with a heady, pied-piper power over the listener that comes from realizing that the bright sense of discovery once felt by these composers is being experienced just as much by their modern-day interpreters. You can’t ask for much more than that.” Hope’s 2007 recording for Deutsche Grammophon of the original version of the Mendelssohn Concerto and Octet was selected as one of the year’s best recordings by the New York Times.

Hope has earned numerous Grammy nominations, a Classical BRIT award, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, and six ECHO Klassik Prizes. Hope previously recorded for Warner Classics and Nimbus, playing Bach, Berg, Britten, Elgar, Finzi, Foulds, Ireland, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Penderecki, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Tippett, Walton and Weill. His interpretation of Ravi Shankar’s compositions, on the CD East Meets West, met with worldwide acclaim, whilst his world première recording of the original version of the Berg Violin Concerto (coupled with the Britten Concerto) was voted the “best available version” in a 2010 Gramophone magazine poll.

Beyond the concert stage, Hope has penned three best-selling books published in Germany, Russia, and Korea, titled Familienstücke (Family Album), a memoir, Wann darf ich klatschen?” (When do I applaud?) and Toi, toi, toi.

He has written scripts for collaborative performance pieces with the Oscar-winning actor Klaus Maria Brandauer, including “War and Pieces,” “Mozart Unplugged!” and “Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Someone Had to Do Something.” He also wrote “An Audience with Beethoven” for Mia Farrow, and “Forbidden Music,” featuring poetry and music written by prisoners at Theresienstadt. He has worked extensively as a presenter for both radio, film and television in the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States. His cutting-edge website features a video blog which he films and produces himself.

Yehudi Menuhin invited the 11-year-old Daniel Hope to join him playing Bartók duos on German television, launching a long artistic partnership consisting of over 60 concerts, including Lord Menuhin’s final concert appearance on March 7th 1999, in which he conducted Hope’s performance of Alfred Schnittke’s Sonata for Violin and Chamber Orchestra.

Hans Graf, Daniel Harding, Thomas Hengelbrock, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Roger Norrington, Sakari Oramo, Michel Plasson, Mstislav Rostropovich and Christian Thielemann are among the many conductors with whom Daniel Hope has worked. Instrumental collaborators include Thomas Adès, Yuri Bashmet, Hélène Grimaud, Edgar Meyer, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Lynn Harrell, Zakir Hussain, Sebastian Knauer, Jaime Laredo, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Mischa Maisky, Mark O’Connor, Anne Sofie von Otter, Mark Padmore, Menahem Pressler, STING, and Tabea Zimmermann.

Hope regularly directs chamber orchestras from the violin including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Camerata Salzburg, L’Arte del Mondo and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.

Daniel Hope plays the 1742 "Ex-Lipinski" Guarneri del Gesù violin, put at his disposal by an anonymous family from Germany. He lives in Vienna.


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Vadim Repin


"Vadim Repin is simply the best and most perfect violinist I have ever had the chance to hear."
Yehudi Menuhin


Vadim Repin was born 1971 in Novosibirsk. He took the violin into his hands for the first time at the age of five and appeared on stage half a year later. His mentor was Zakhar Bron under whose guidance Vadim went on to win the Gold Medal at the International Wieniawski Competition (1982), followed by concert debuts in Moscow and Leningrad. With 14, he played in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin and Helsinki, and a year later he gave his debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 1989 Vadim attracted a large amount of international attention when he became the youngest ever winner of the Queen Elizabeth of Belgium Competition in Brussels. 20 years later, he became chairman of this competition’s jury.

Vadim Repin performed concertos and chamber music at the world’s leading concert venues. His partners included Marta Argerich, Cecilia Bartoli, Mikhail Pletnev, Evgeny Kissin, Mischa Maisky, Lang Lang and Itamar Golan. He played with orchestras such as the symphony orchestras of the Bavarian Radio and the Bavarian State Opera, the philharmonic orchestras of Berlin, London, Vienna, Radio France, Munich, Rotterdam, Israel, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Hong Kong, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of London, Boston, Chicago, Baltimore, Montreal, Cleveland, the Orchestra filarmonica della Scala, Milan, the Orchestre de Paris, the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the National Philharmonic of Russia, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow, the State Symphony Orchestra Novaya Rossiya, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic, and many others. On these occasions, he worked with famous conductors such as V. Ashkenazy, P. Boulez, S. Bychkov, D. Gatti, Ch. Dutoit, A. Kats, J. Conlon, J. Levine, K. Masur, Z. Mehta, Y. Menuhin, R. Muti, K. Nagano, S. Rattle, E. Salonen, M. Rostropovich, M. Chung, R. Chailly, V. and D. Jurowski, M. Jansons, N. and P. Järvi, amongst others. He was entrusted with first performances of works by J. Adams, S. Gubaidulina, J. MacMillan, B. Yusupov and L. Auerbach.

Many of his more than 30 CDs won awards such as the ECHO Klassik, the Diapason d’Or, Prix Caecilia and Edison Award, whereas the recording of the programme Carte blanche with Roby Lakatos at the Louvre was chosen the best chamber music live recording.

In April 2014 Vadim Repin as Artistic Director presented the first Trans-Siberian Festival of the Arts in his native city of Novosibirsk. The festival was enthusiastically received and became annual since, with some concert programs on other countries, as Israel, Japan etc.

Vadim Repin is a Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur and a winner of the prestigious French Victoire de la Musique.


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Michael Guttman with Brussels Chamber Orchestra



After initial studies at the Royal Conservatory of his native Brussels, Michael Guttman graduated from the Juilliard School, where he was a pupil of Dorothy Delay, Felix Galimir and the Juilliard Quartet. Following the example of his mentor, the late Isaac Stern, he worked closely with Israeli composers including Noam Sheriff, a collaboration that resulted in an album with the London Philharmonic, celebrating three generations of music-making. Further ground-breaking recordings of 20th-century violin concertos with the LPO, the Royal Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra have been broadcast by the BBC in 110 countries. Performing live as a soloist and recitalist, Michael Guttman appeared in major concert halls and at numerous international festivals on three continents. A well-known advocate of contemporary and cross-over music, he underwent creative partnerships with the American composers Lukas Foss, David Amram and Philip Glass (this resulting in the world-premiere of the “Double Concerto for violin and cello” with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in 2012, and an invitation by Carnegie Hall to the “Spring Festival of American Orchestras” in 2014).


Michael Guttman is the Musical director of the Brussels Chamber Orchestra, leader of the acclaimed Arriaga String Quartet and of the Michael Guttman Tango Quartet, as well as Music Director of “Pietrasanta in Concerto”, the internationally-renowned music festival in Tuscany. The Belgian Government honoured his efforts for contemporary Belgian music with the “Trophée Fuga”.


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Sebastian Knauer


The pianist Sebastian Knauer was born in Hamburg in 1971 where he made his debut aged 14. He now looks back on a career lasting more than 25 years. His intense musicality which characterises his unique style of playing, has led to innumerable successes, establishing his name throughout the international world of music.

He has given performances in more than 50 countries on four continents, each time appearing on the most reputable stages like the Konzerthaus and the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Philharmonie of Cologne and Munich, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, London´s Wigmore Hall, the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Auditori Barcelona, the Sala Verdi in Milano and, looking further afield, the Lincoln Center New York, the Herbst Theater San Francisco, Miami´s Knight Concert Hall, the Téatro Municipal in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the Oriental Concert Hall in Shanghai, the Forbidden City Concert Hall Peking, the Toppan Hall Tokyo and the Performing Arts Center Hong Kong.

For many years he has collaborated with his close friend, the conductor Sir Roger Norrington, and in 2006 Warner Classics published his all-Mozart CD with the Camerata Salzburg under Sir Roger´s baton. The German periodical Die Zeit claimed this as one of the best Mozart recordings of all times. Five years later he recorded for Berlin Classics  “Bach & Sons”, this time with the Chamber Orchestra of Zurich, again conducted by Sir Roger Norrington. This recording too won international acclaim. Amongst the reviews were the German magazine Stern with “brilliant”, The Neue Zürcher Zeitung with “fantastic” and Die Presse, Vienna, with “excellent”. Past October saw a third collaboration on CD with Sir Roger Norrington. Sebastian Knauer as soloist and acting as producer recorded piano concertos by Mozart and Beethoven under the title “Vienna 1789”. Fono Forum, RBB Berlin and BR Klassik excelled themselves with praises like “Huge Hit”, “Pure Enjoyment” and “Incredibly tasteful touch”.

Other conductors with whom Sebastian Knauer has collaborated are Fabio Luisi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Neeme Järvi, Vladimir Fedosseyew, Vladimir Spivakov, Ingo Metzmacher, John Axelrod, Jesús López Cobos, Simone Young, Michael Sanderling, Philippe Entremont and Jaap van Zweeden, with orchestras like Dresdner Staatskapelle, Bamberg Symphony, NDR Symphony, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, Hamburg Philharmonic and Symphony, Orchèstre Les Siècles, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, New York City Opera Orchestra, Russian National Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the chamber orchestras from Basle, Vienna and Tel Aviv.

Another aspect of his creativity is his unique programme planning, such as solo recitals, revealing relevant connections between the different compositions, or many projects in which he performs with his longstanding friend and duo-partner, the violinist Daniel Hope. Whether they appear in Europe, the USA or Japan – this duo earns enthusiastic acclaim from their audiences and the press. Their CD “East meets West”, issued in 2005, was rewarded with nominations for Klassic Echo and Grammy.

Sebastian Knauer has a particular affection for chamber music and has appeared with a number of renowned colleagues like the Emerson String Quartet, Phiharmonia Quartet Berlin, cellists Sol Gabetta and Jan Vogler, singers Anne Sofie von Otter, Bernarda Fink, Michael Schade, Olaf Bär, Hermann Prey, choreograph John Neumeier and Steward Copeland, percussionist of “The Police” in a variety of projects. He is a regular and welcome guest at many Festivals like Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Rheingau Musikfestival, Klavierfestival Ruhr, Beethovenfest Bonn, Musikfest Bremen, Schubertiade Hohenems, Vienna, Salzburg Festspiele, Gstaad, Vevey/Montreux, Bath, London, Colmar, Lincoln Center New York, Ravinia, Savannah,Santo Domingo and the Shanghai Arts Festival.

His repertoire is exceptionally extensive and multi-facetted. Time and again he is eager to discover new key areas, essential to his work. With his CD of  George Gershwin´s entire solo repertoire he celebrated in 1998 the 100th birthday of this great composer, including the solo version for piano of “Rhapsody in Blue”. Another recording from 2001 featured the three great American composers, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber.

Together with the Hamburg Philharmonic Sebastian performed all of Mozart´s 27 piano concertos which he conducted from the piano between the years 1999 and 2002. This concert cycle  had been  specially designed for him. In 2007 he recorded the hitherto unknown “Sonate Oubliée” by Franz Schubert. A world premier recording, it received the highest praise from the press as being “masterful and a miracle in sheer elegance”.

As well as celebrating in 2009 Felix Mendelssohn´s  200th birthday with a CD entitled “Pure Mendelssohn”, which appeared by Berlin Classics and became the Gramophone Magazine´s  “Editor´s choice”, he devised, played and conducted a programme of all of Haydn´s piano concertos on four evenings during the same year together with the Bamberger Symphoniker.

In the course of 14 years Sebastian  created 28 programmes, entitled “Wort trifft Musik”.  Each time one composer is brought centre-stage and various readings, relevant to his life, are being given alongside the music, performed by Sebastian himself. For these evenings he engages famous German speaking actors such as Hannelore Elsner, Martina Gedeck, Iris Berben, Gudrun Landgrebe, Barbara Auer. For special projects he appears together with the Golden Globe winner Klaus Maria Brandauer. Some of these programmes have been recorded by Deutsche Grammophon, as, for instance “Bettina v. Arnim und Ludwig v.Beethoven in einem Weltmeer von Harmonie”.

There is no stopping Sebastian Knauer when it comes to his enthusiasm for organising events. In 2012 he established his very own Festival mozart@augsburg of which he is artistic director. During the first half of September he offers concerts in Mozart´s city Augsburg, presenting artists like András Schiff, Menahem Pressler, Philippe Entremont, Sir Roger Norrington, Daniel Hope, Jan Vogler, the Emerson String Quartet, Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, the Artemis Quartet, Hannelore Elsner, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Alfred Brendel, Rudolf Buchbinder, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the Vienna Concert-Verein.

Sebastian Knauer has retained his home in his birthplace Hamburg, where he has traced his roots back to the 18th century, but by now he has become a true World Citizen.


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David Orlowsky Trio



The David Orlowsky Trio has established itself as a pioneer in the field of world music. Their “almost weightless music of the moment” (Mittelbayrische Zeitung) exudes the spirit of Klezmer and is permeated by curiosity for new sounds and musical exploration. The trio mostly composes their own music, which they refer to as “” The winners of the ECHO Classical Award have wowed audiences at New York City's Carnegie Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Lucerne Festival and other venues around the world.

The musical partners of the David Orlowsky Trio have been Daniel Hope, Per Arne Glorvigen, Avi Avital, the actor Dominique Horwitz, among others.

The David Orlowsky Trio has performed at many major festivals and concert halls, such as the Philharmonie Luxemburg, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Oslo Kammermusikkfestival, Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Beethovenfest Bonn, Lucerne Festival, Den Haag Jazz Festival and many more.

Their recordings for Sony Music frequently hit the top of the classical charts and their original compositions are published worldwide by Schott Music/ Advance Music and the music books are frequent bestsellers.


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Olga Mykytenko


Ukrainian soprano Olga Mykytenko has won several international awards as the Grand Prix at MARIA CALLAS International Singing contest in Athens (1997), 2nd prize and Special Award at FRANCISCO VINAS contest, Barcelona (1997) and 1st prize at the QUEEN SONJA International Song Competition in Oslo (2003).

Her extraordinary musicality, solid voice technique, easy coloraturas and strong expression allow her to sing major parts from Iolanta, Mimi and Nedda to Gilda, Violetta and Lucia. Since 1995 till 2003 Olga Mykytenko has been engaged as a soloist at the National Opera of Ukraine in Kiev, where she made her debut. Olga has been invited to take a place in duo-concerts with Renato Bruson and Jose Carreras in Kiev.

Since 2001 Ms. Mykytenko has frequently been invited to many European countries and opera scenes to perform major roles.

In 2007 Olga appeared as Tatiana in Lyon Opera House directed by Peter Stein and made her MET debut as Lauretta under conducting of Maestro Levine, she was Gilda at Stockholm Royal Opera and Micaela at Savonlinna Opera festival.

In autumn 2007 Olga sang Liu and Mimi at Aalto Theatre in Essen.

2008 brought Olga such work as Violetta in Hamburg, Nedda at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Liu at the Greek National Opera, she also performed at Peralada Festival as Mimi (production Emilio Sagi), Gala Puccini at St.Poelten Festival. In November she made her debut as Amalia in Verdi’s “I Masnadieri” at Frankfurt Opera House.

In 2009 - Mimi and Violetta in Hamburg Staatsoper and Lucia in Essen Aalto Theater, Liu in Santiago del Chile (September 2009) and Violetta in Cologne (December 2009).

In 2010 Olga came back to Lyon for Tatiana from “Eugeniy Onegin”(with Kirill Petrenko) and made her debut as Leila from “Les Pecheurs des Perles” by Bizet in Essen, sang the Soprano part in Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony at the Festival Radio France in Montpellier and with Berliner Philharmoniker under Neeme Järvi as conducter.

During the season 2010/2011 Olga Mykytenko was heard as Mimi in Toulouse, Gilda in Stockholm, Nedda in Liceu (Barcelona, April 2011), Luisa Miller in Essen, she came back to Frankfurt and Montpellier as Amalia in “I Masnadieri”, made her debut as Fiordiligi in “Cosi fan tutte” in Essen.

In January 2012 she had a great success in the title roles of Francesca da Rimini and Iolanta at the Theatre an der Wien, sang number of concerts “Viva Belcanto” in Klagenfurt, was found as Amalia from "I Masnadieri" at the theatre San Carlo in Naples, made her debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper as Fiordiligi and immediately came back there to participate at the Festival as Antonia in “The tales of Hoffmann” replacing Diana Damrau.

Season 2012/2013 Olga’s engagements included Donna Anna in Santiago de Chile; Antonia, Pamina, Contessa from “Le nozze di Figaro” and Amalia from “I Masnadieri” in Essen; Mimi in Stockholm. In spring 2013 Olga was covering Diana Damrau in “La Traviata” at the MET, was invited back to Bayerische Staatsoper as Antonia, made her debut at Saarbrücken Radio Festival and sang Francesca in concert version of Francesca da Rimini in Stuttgart.

In the season 2013/2014 Olga was found as Luisa Miller, Donna Anna, Nedda and Contessa at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Micaela at the Bayerische Staatsoper, she performed 14 Symphony of Shostakovich with Bournemouth Symphony orchestra and with chamber orchestra in Lausanne and opened Mannheimer Mozartsommer 2014 with Mozart concert arias.

2014/2015 – Violetta at the Metropolitan Opera, Luisa Miller in Naples, Donna Anna at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein etc.

2015/ 2016 - Mimi in Dresdener Semperoper, Shostakovich 14th Syamphony with The Israel Camerata, Jerusalem; Violetta, Liu, Tatiana, Iolanta in Kiev National Opera, Nedda in New York, "Das Klagende Lied" by Mahler and Shostakovich "From Yiddish Folk-Poetry" with Liverpol Royal Philharmonic;Odessa Classics Festival.





Vitaliy Bilyy

Vitaliy Bilyy is a graduate of the Odessa State Conservatory named after A.V.Nezhdanova, where he has got education in two specialties: Choir Conductor and Opera Singing.

Since 1997, Vitaliy had many concerts and touring as soloist of the Odessa State Choir, and in 2000 he has began his career as an opera singer.The famous Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater was the debut stage, where Vitaliy has perform Giorgio Germont from G. Verdi's "La Traviata" at first time.
For a short period in the same theater the young baritone sang in operas by Donizetti and Tchaikovsky, such as: "Iolanta" (role of Ibn-Hakia), "Eugen Onegin" (role of Onegin), "Lucia di Lammermoore" (role of Enrico).

In 2001, Vitaliy takes part in performances at the Kiev National Opera, as guest soloist.

​Since 2002, the singer was invited to a permanent job in the Moscow theater "Novaya Opera". After years of work his repertoire is replenished by various leading roles in productions of Russian and European composers; he took part in performances: "La Traviata" as GERMONT, "Nabucco" as NABUCCO,
"Evgeniy Onegin" as ONEGIN, "Tsar's Bride" as GRIAZNOY, "Les pecheurs de Perles" as ZURGA, "Cavaleria Rusticana" as ALFIO , "Il Pagliacci" as SILVIO, "Snow Maiden" as MIZGIR, "Il Trovatore" as Count Di Luna, P.I.Tchaikovsky's "The Maid of Orleans" as LIONEL and "Iolanta" as ROBERT. Also took part in shows: "Bravissimo", "Viva Verdi", "Opera and Jazz". Was in numerous tours
with "Novaya Opera" through Russia and Europe.

​Since 2004, the international career begins.  Among the first to theaters, which invited Vitaly were: Santiago Municipal Opera and Metropolitan Opera, where he was appeared as Denisov from S.Prokofiev "War and Peace".
At the Metropolitan Opera later Vitaly also sang as Count Di Luna and Shaklovity (from M.P.Musorgskiy's "Chovanshina"). In Santiago over the years he was appeared as: Enrico (G.Donizetti "Lucia de Lammermoor"), Onegin (P.I.Tchaikovsky "Eugene Onegin" ), Zurga (G.Bizet "Les pecheurs de Perles" ), Marcello (G.Puccini "La Boheme"), Rangoni and Shelkalov (M.P.Musorgskiy "Boris Godunov"), Ezio (G.Verdi "Attila"). However, the singer toured extensively in Russian and Ukrainian theaters, such as: Bolshoi Theatre , Mariinsky Theater, Kiev Opera and native Odessa's Opera and Ballet Theatre.

​Over the past few years to the above list of theaters, where Vitali Bilyy sounds, you can add such stages as: Carlo Felice, (Genova), San Carlo (Napoli), La Scala, Teatro Verdi (Padova), Teatro Sociale (Rovigo), Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Teatro Dell' Opera Giocosa di Savonna, La Fenice (Venecia), Theatre du Capitole (Tolousa), The New Israeli Opera (Tel-Aviv), Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), Staatsoper im Schiller Theater (Berlin), Grand Theare de Geneve, San Francisco Opera etc. where he has appeared as Count di Luna("Il Trovatore"), Miller ("Luisa Miller"), Escamilio (Carmen"), Germont ("La Traviata"), Riccardo ("I Puritani"), Gellner ("La Wally"), Renato "Un Ballo in Maschera", Macbeth ("Macbeth").

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Lena Belkina


The press has already taken her to their heart: “fulminant, brilliant, beautiful voice” (Das Opernglas), “a touching mezzo” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), “…a treat for the ears and the eyes…” (WAZ). The young mezzo-soprano Lena Belkina is already in demand all over the world.

She sang her way into the international limelight back in 2012 with her Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Carlo Verdone/Gianluigi Gelmetti). The live video recording made by Mondovision was awarded the 64º PRIX ITALIA and the Warsaw Music Gardens Festival audience prize. What entranced the Oscar-winning director about his star performer was her extraordinary charisma: “…una fotogenia straordinaria, e la giusta dolcezza malinconica e sognante nei suoi grandi occhi neri…” (“extraordinarily photogenic, with the ideal melancholy and the dreamy sweetness of her big dark eyes”) (Verdone in Cultura). Since then, this film version produced by Andrea Andermann has been shown in more than 150 countries. Lena recorded her first solo album together with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, which will already be released this year by Sony Classical.

There are currently three new productions planned: At the moment, Lena sings the Dorabella part in Cosi Fan Tutte in the Munich Cuvilliés Theatre. Subsequently, the singer can be experienced as Olga in Eugen Onegin at the Malmö Opera and as Angelina in La Cenerentola in the Prague Estates Theatre.
Apart from that, opera lovers may look forward to listening to Lena in several solo evening recitals with orchestra in Germany and Israel.

In summer 2014, the Ukrainian singer was engaged by the Rossini Opera Festival. Lena Belkina delighted with the major role of Arsace in a newly revised edition of the opera Aureliano in Palmira. It was the first performance of the opera at the festival and was directed by Mario Martone. A special highlight was that Lena was allowed to sing Giovanni Battista Velluti’s great cadenzas: a particular honour that no one else has been granted since the great castrato’s death. The opera published by Unitel Classica. The great success was brought by the 2015 re-invitation, where Lena will sing the Pippo part in Gazza Ladra.

Other important appearances in recent seasons include the Cherubino part in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in the Real Madrid Theatre in 2014, in the New National Theatre Tokyo in 2013 as well as in the Vienna State Opera in 2012.

When Lena sang the Olga part in Tschaikovsky’s Eugen Onegin, she went to the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in 2014, to the Palau de les Arts Valencia in 2011 and previously to the Leipzig Opera. Here, the singer was ensemble member from 2009 to 2012. She has already been engaged as Rosina in the new production of Il babiere di Siviglia in the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

Special attention was paid to Lena in the Mikhaylovsky Theatre in St Petersburg, where she sang, under the direction of Mikhail Tatarnikov, the Polina/Milovzor part together with Elena Obraztsova as countess in Pique Dame.

Lena Belkina’s successful career is characterised by the cooperation with important conductors such as Marco Armiliato, Adam Fischer, Alessandro de Marchi, Ulf Schirmer, Andrea Sanguineti, Tomas Netopil, Paolo Carignani, Jiri Belohlavek, Ricardo Muti and many others.

Lena Belkina was born in 1987 and started collecting stage experience in her home town Dzhankoi on the Crimean Peninsula when she was a child. Inspired by the performances of the magnificent Maria Callas, she enjoyed taking singing lessons when she was only 14 and completed her piano studies at the music school with distinction. From 2003 to 2009, the aspiring singer studied at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy in Kiev under Professor Eugenia Miroshnichenko and Nikolai Gorbatov. After winning the most important singing contest of the Ukraine, the B. Gmyria, she succeeded in joining the Leipzig Opera. In 2010, she sang the Elmira part in Floridante during the opening concert of the Handel Festival in Halle. Furthermore, she sang the Etelia part in Meyerbeer’s opera Emma di Resburgo at the Leipzig Bach Festival and in the Vienna Concert House.

The diploma with distinction in the class of Professor Roland Schubert at the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig followed in 2012.

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Viktor Erofeyev




Was born September 19, 1947 in Moscow. As son of a high-ranking Soviet diplomat Vladimir Yerofeyev, he spent some of his childhood in Paris, which accounts for why much of his work has been translated from Russian into French, while comparatively little has been translated into English. His father, who was the interpreter for Molotov in the 1940s, wrote a book of memories; his brother is a curator at the Tretyakov Gallery.

Erofeyev graduated from Moscow State University in 1970, where he studied literature and languages. He then did post-graduate work at the Institute for World Literature in Moscow, where he completed his post-graduate work in 1973 and received his kandidat degree in 1975 for his thesis on Fyodor Dostoyevsky and French existentialism. Erofeyev's work often contains pastiches of Dostoyevsky's work and themes.

He became a literary critic, publishing works on Lev Shestov and the Marquis de Sade. He later organised his own literary magazine, Metropol, in which many of the big names of Soviet literature participated, including Vasily Aksyonov, Andrei Bitov, Bella Akhmadulina, and others. The magazine was put into circulation via samizdat, i.e., avoiding Soviet censorship. As a result, Erofeyev was expelled from the Union of Soviet Writers and was banned from being published until 1988, when Mikhail Gorbachev came to power.

Viktor Erofeyev currently resides in Moscow and frequently appears on Russian television, where he has his own program on the channel «Kultura» ("culture"); he also has a program on Radio Liberty, Moscow.

Alfred Schnittke's opera "Life with an Idiot" is based on his story with the same name, which he made into a libretto for the composer.

The 2012 Finnish documentary movie "Russian Libertine" is centered on Victor Erofeyev and his view of the protests leading up to the 2012 Russian Presidential election.

On 3 October 2013 Victor Erofeyev received the Chevalier of Legion of Honour title from the French Government.



Wikipedia: Viktor Yerofeyev



"Artehatta" chamber ensemble



In 2013 Myroslava Kotorovych created a new personal project - a chamber ensemble "Artehatta", which united young, bright musicians, inspired by the best examples of European traditions of chamber music-making.


Each project of the Art School gives students the opportunity to plunge into the world of music - more or less known, classic or avant-garde, but always - presented through the prism of their own original vision.


Debut Chamber Ensemble "Artehatta" in September 2013 a major festival of contemporary art "GOGOLFEST" since the team is busy concert. Our authoring program was presented in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Poltava, Cherkasy, Rivne, Lutsk, Lviv, Kherson. Chamber Ensemble "Artehatta" presented various art projects - "Tango story. Music stories" (in collaboration with the Honored Artist of Ukraine Igor Sayenko), "Music in touch" (a series of two concerts - "Birthday" and "Children's Symphony") "droplets. Minimalism +", "Art works of creative workshops Miroslava Kotorovych", "Chelo eternity" (in collaboration with the poet Eugenia Bilchenko), "Pure music", "Vocalise instrumental in lace" (in cooperation with the Honored Artist of Ukraine Susanna Chahoyan) "One malenkaya svecha" (in collaboration with the poet Eugenia Bilchenko), "CINEMA. The sound picture" and others.


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The Chamber Orchestra of Odessa Philharmonic Society was organised in 1995. Its founder was German conductor  Thomas Mandl. A year later, in 1996, and at the moment the orchestra headed by Honored Artist of Ukraine Igor Shavruk, who is the artistic director and principal conductor.

Orchestra concerts are regularly held in the Philharmonic Hall and other city concert stages. Each concert season Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra gives about 50 concerts with variety of thematic and educational programs for children, Baroque music, classicism, romanticism, music of the 20th century, the modern domestic and foreign composers.

The Orchestra's Repertoire is constantly growing, having mainly composed of more than one hundred works of various musical eras and styles, including works by  Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Mendelssohn,  Elgar, Britten, Stravinsky, Webern, Shostakovich, Honegger, Barber; Ukrainian composers M. Skorik, E. Stankovic, V. Silvestrov. Under the direction of Igor Shavruk Orchestra first performed a number of works by composers of Odessa: J. Freidlin,  A. Krasotov, A. Tomlionova, A. Rovenko , G. Uspensky, K. Tsepkolenko and others.

Among  the orchestra guest  conductor's were such famous conductors as Allin Vlasenko (Kiev), Vladimir Runchak (Kiev), Bernhard Wulff (Germany), Mario Beretta (Switzerland), Boris Bloch  (Germany). Soloists with the orchestra were well-known musicians, world-class  violinists Maxim Fedotov, Michael  Guttman, pianists Alexey Botvinov, Dina Yoffe, Boris Bloch, Yuri Kuznetsov, as well as many others.

Every year, the orchestra participates in the "Two Days and Two Nights" International Festival of New Music.  From 2015 the orchestra participates in new International Music Festival ODESSA CLASSICS. Orchestra toured in Ukraine in many cities, as well as in Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain, Moldova.


In 2015, the Chamber Orchestra celebrates its 20-year anniversary.


In April 2016 the orchestra participated in the opening of the "The musical partnership of Bremen - Odessa" international project  with the Bremen RathsChor in Odessa and in Bremen, Germany.






Daniel Hope and Alexey Botvinov











Odessa Literary museum


June 8

Collegium Musicum


June 10

Myroslava Kotorovych (violin), Igor Saenko (accordion), Stanislav Menzulskiy (electronics) and the “Artehatta” ensemble


June 11

The Trio - Oleg Shpudeyko (electronics), Maxim Kolomiyets (objects) and Aleksey Shmurak (objects)


June 12

Zoltan Almashi (cello) and Andriy Pavlov (violin)




June 6, at 19:00

Lyubov Morozova - "The role of the spectator in the history of new music"


June 9, at 19:00

Sonya Koshkina - Creative session


June 10, at 17:00

Oleg Vergelis - "Ukrainian cultural space: current trends". Presentation of the book by Oleg Vergelis.