“Kyiv Camerata” Orchestra

The National Ensemble of Soloists “Kyiv Camerata” firmly holds a top position in the cultural landscape of Ukraine and boasts being the first to perform numerous works by contemporary composers.

“Kyiv Camerata” comprises highly skillful musicians, each of whom is a virtuoso and a soloist. It is a team with a clear mission – promoting Ukrainian music in all its distinctive styles, trends and compositional schools. Although the ensemble’s repertoire continues to expand, it already includes a broad spectrum of music, ranging from the ancient works of baroque maestros to contemporary compositions.

In 1977, conductor Valerii Matiukhin established the Chamber Music Ensemble as a combination company of the Union of Composers of Ukraine. Since the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine in 1993, the company gained its artistic autonomy with the assigned status of “state”, which marked a new stage of its creativity.

The successful guest tours of “Kyiv Camerata”, visits to the world venues and the integration of Ukrainian performance on the artistic map of the world is vast. The National Ensemble of Soloists has repeatedly performed in Poland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, Germany, France, Armenia, Croatia, Georgia, the USA, Kuwait and other countries.

The National Ensemble of Soloists “Kyiv Camerata” was established by Valerii Matiukhin as a Chamber Music Ensemble under the Union of Composers of Ukraine in 1977. Under the visionary leadership and guidance of Valerii Matiuhin, the ensemble has flourished for an impressive 46 years.

Throughout the challenging early years of Ukrainian Independence, “Kyiv Camerata” has remained an independent company, dedicated to excellence in music and performance. 

In recognition of their outstanding contributions to the field, the orchestra was granted National status in 2000, firmly establishing their position among the most esteemed orchestras in Ukraine. The company has also had the privilege of working with exceptional musical talents such as Myroslav Skoryk and Ivan Karabyts, who have served as artistic directors at various times.

Events

February 23, 2024 – BENEFIT CONCERT – TWO YEARS OF WAR AGAINST UKRAINE

Nikolaikirche, Potsdam, Germany

In aid of the campaign “An Organ for Ukraine”
UNBREAKABLE!
Works by Mendelssohn (Symphony No. 9, C minor), Heinrich Biber, Hanna Gavrylets, Alexandr Rodin (Symphony for Violin and Orchestra)

Kyiv Camerata (Kiev Chamber Orchestra) and Exile Orchestra MRIYA
Conductor: Roc Fargas

February 24th, 2024 – “Unbreakable” I concert on the second anniversary of the start of the war in Ukraine

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin, Germany

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It’s frightening: Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, which violates international law, has been going on for two long years. Two years of life under fire and bomb terror – in constant danger of losing your life or your home. For many people this also means two years of living in exile.

Having hope and creating culture under these circumstances is extremely difficult. But there are the unbreakable ones: the artists who, despite the worst conditions, fight the cruelty of war with the beauty of music.

Two top Ukrainian ensembles are playing in memory of the victims of the war and against forgetting: one was founded in exile in the spring of 2022 and caused a sensation in famous halls in Germany, the second endured the entire war under the most difficult conditions in the capital Kyiv.
Both bring music to the stages to give people hope and to constantly set cultural signs of Ukrainian freedom – at home and in German exile. For this important occasion, the two orchestras join forces and together signal solidarity and unbreakability.
The symbolic concert will feature works by HIF Biber, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and by directly affected Ukrainian composers such as A. Rodin, H. Gavrylets and Z. Almashi.

Conductor: Roc Fargas

Bogdana Pivnenko – violin, Artistic Director of Kyiv Camerata orchestra

Artistic Director MRIYA: Kateryna Suprun

Kyiv Camerata orchestra, Exile Orchestra MRIYA

Program:

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704) – Battalia à10
Hanna Gavrylets (1958-2022) – “Chorale” for strings (2005)
Chorale for strings
Oleksandr Rodin (*1975) – Concerto–Symphony for Violin and String Orchestra (2023)
Soloist: Bogdana Pivnenko

Break

Zoltan Almashi (*1975) – Maria’s City for strings (2023)
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847) String Symphony in C minor

February 25, 2024 – Unbreakable – Ukrainian Memorial Concert

Gewandhaus – Mendelssohn Hall, Leipzig, Germany

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UNBREAKABLE

Kyiv Camerata meets exile orchestra MRIYA

It is frightening: Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, which violates international law, has been going on for two long years. Two years of life under fire and bomb terror – in constant danger of losing your life or your home. For many people this also means two years of living in exile.

Having hope and creating culture under these circumstances is extremely difficult. But they do exist, the unbreakable ones: the artists who, despite the worst conditions, fight the cruelty of war with the beauty of music.

Two top Ukrainian ensembles are playing in memory of the victims of the war and against forgetting: one was founded in exile in the spring of 2022 and caused a sensation in famous halls in Germany, the second endured the entire war under the most difficult conditions in the capital Kyiv.

Both bring music to the stages to give people hope and to constantly set cultural signs of Ukrainian freedom – at home and in German exile. For this important occasion, the two orchestras join forces and together signal solidarity and unbreakability.

The symbolic concert features works by Biber, Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Rodin, Gavrylets and Almashi.

``Kyiv Camerata``

Among the Ukrainian authors who collaborated and wrote for the ensemble, there are dozens of names – from the classics of modern music to young composers seeking a new sound. Valentyn Sylvestrov, Yevhen Stankovych, Myroslav Skoryk, Ivan Karabyts, Oleh Kiva, Vitalii Hubarenko, Yurii Ishchenko, Levko Kolodub, Leonid Hrabovskyi, Volodymyr Zubytskyi, Lesia Dychko, Hanna Havrylets, Zoltan Almashi, Yuliia Homelska, Karmella Tsepkolenko and many others composed music for the orchestra.

Among the issued musical releases created by the orchestra there are:

–  Music by Karmella Tsepkolenko (ELCI-records, 1995)

–  Music by I. Stravinsky “Dumbarton Oaks”, R. Wagner “Siegfried Idyll”, I. Karabyts Concerto for 5 instruments, V. Balei “Adam’s Apple” (Arkadia-Symfo, 1996)

–  World academic music: W. A. Mozart Symphony No. 29

–  G. Mahler Symphony No. 10, A. Schoenberg “Transfigured Nigh”, conductor V. Balei. (“Arkadia”, 1999)

–  Pearls of past centuries: Ukrainian romances and folk songs with Olesia Charivna and “Kyiv Camerata”, conductor V. Matiukhin (“Symphokar”, 2002)

–  Musical dialogues: Ukraine – Austria. Music by D. Bortnyanskyi

–  music of W. A. Mozart in the orchestral transcription by Ye. Stankovych “Fantasia in F minor for a Mechanical Organ, K-608”, “Clarinet Concerto in A major, K-622” (Oberih, 2003)

–  “Meditations” by V. Sylvestrov

–  Music by Ye. Stankovych for violin and orchestra, soloist B. Pivnenko, conductor Valerii Matiukhin (Chernivtsi, 2006)

–  Music by Oleh Kiva: Works for voice with orchestra: “Kyiv Сamerata”, director V. Matiukhin, soloists N. Matviienko, I. Semenenko, L. Voinarovska, V. Buimister, D. Vyshnia (Atlantyk, 2007)

–  Chamber symphonies by I. Shcherbakov, soloists B. Pivnenko, A. Tuchapets, conductor V. Matiuhin (Atlantyk, 2007)

–  Chamber works by Ye. Stankovych, soloists B. Pivnenko, A. Tuchapets, Ye. Orkin, conductor V. Matyukhin (Atlantyk, 2007)

1980 роки, Валерій Матюхін та Валентин Сильвестров

1980s rocks, Valery Matyukhin and Valentin Silvestrov

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Artem Oneschak (c), Serhii Anishchenko (c)

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