Learn about the history of our team,
and our creative biography
In 1979, this one of the leading musical ensembles of Ukraine was established as the State Wind Orchestra on the initiative of the Union of Composers of Ukraine. Now, in our country, it still is the first and only civilian brass band of such level and status.
The first Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the orchestra was a known Ukrainian conductor, an enthusiast of wind music, People's Artist of Ukraine Vasyl Okhrimenko. Today Mykhaylo Moroz is the artistic leader of the team.
The foundation of the State Brass Band was intended to enrich the artistic palette of national culture, to promote the best examples of classical music heritage, to develop the academic genre of wind music in Ukraine.
The Band is a kind of creative laboratory for composers of Ukraine and to some extent - methodical center of the wind music in the country. The team repeatedly has participated in the plenary sessions of the National Union of Composers of Ukraine performing original works specially written for Band.
The basis of the Band repertoire consists of works of world classical music composed by Bach, Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner, J.Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Khachaturian, Shostakovich, Schedrin, Sviridov. Considerable part of its concert programs is presented by Ukrainian music – by works of Lysenko, Stetsenko, Lyatoshynsky, Shamo, Skoryk and many others. For the first time in Ukraine, Band performed Masses for chorus and wind by Bruckner and Stravinsky, compositions for brass band by composers of the XX-XXI centuries: Hindemith, Read, It was the National Symphonic Band of Ukraine that, for the first time in its genre, gave concert performances of operas: "The Poet" by Ukrainian composer Levko Kolodub (about the national prophet Taras Shevchenko), and the comic opera "The Spanish Hour" by Maurice Ravel.
In its active concert repertoire the Band presents all musical genres - from Baroque music to Jazz pieces. Series of concerts are dedicated to symphonic and operatic music of classical composers arranged for symphonic band. So, the Series "Musical Portraits" offers monographic programs of music by Bach, J.Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, Gershwin, Bernstein, Morricone, Williams etc. In addition, with the same success, the Band performs music from classic operettas, popular works of classical music and traditional repertoire for brass bands performed in the open air, famous film music, classical jazz standards and musical hits. Genre diversity of concerts is perhaps the most characteristic feature of creative collective face that highlights its artistic uniqueness.
The Band has a rich creative biography. During its existence, the Band was and is a regular participant of many significant events of cultural and artistic life of Ukraine. They were prestigious music festivals, art festivals and celebrations. Many times it successfully represented national musical art abroad by taking part in festivals of wind music in the Netherlands and in Germany.
In 2004 the Band obtained the Academic status for its performing mastery. The same year, the first CD of live recordings of the State Academic Brass Band of Ukraine was published.
In 2008 the Band obtained the highest artistic status in Ukraine for its significant creative achievements. According to the Decree of the President of Ukraine it became the National Academic Symphonic Band of Ukraine.
Leading Ukrainian soloists-vocalists: People's Artists of Ukraine Svitlana Dobronravova, Valeriy Buymister, Femi Mustafayev, Ivan Popovych, Gregoriy Garkusha, Oleksandr Vasylenko; honored artists of Ukraine Lyudmyla Davymuka, Yuriy Oliynyk, Irina Zyabchenko, Irena Zakharko, Galyna Titova, Elizaveta Lipityuk, Valentyna Matiushenko; laureates and diploma winners of international competitions Sergiy Bortko, Anatoliy Yurchenko, Dmytro Ivanchenko, Tamara Khodakova, Dmytro Kostenko – all of them collaborate actively with the Band.
The Band has successful experience of concert performances with soloists-instrumentalists, including the Honored Artist of Ukraine Yuriy Kot (piano), winners of international piano competitions Olena Voronova and Antoniy Baryshevsky; Andriy Ilkiv (trumpet), an American of Korean origin Grace O (piano), the world-famous - Canadian Richard Stewart (trumpet), Norwegian Oysten Baadsvik (tuba), French Bastien Boma (euphonium), American pianist David Witten. As conductors of the orchestra appeared: a member of the National Association of Conductors of Netherlands Bert Langeler, Professor of University in Toronto Stephen Shenett (Canada), famous Ukrainian conductor, People's Artist of Ukraine Ivan Gamkalo, Honored Artist of Ukraine Victoria Zhadko, Honored Artists of Ukraine Dmytro Antoniuk and Gennadiy Grygoriev, conductors Andriy Kibita, Petro Tovstukha.
National Academic Symphonic Band repeatedly appears with various concert programs on stage of the Lysenko Concert Hall of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, at the other known concert venues in the capital of Ukraine. Since 2002, during every its season, the National Philharmonic of Ukraine includes a special subscription with concerts-lectures of our Band for schoolchildren in Kyiv.
The possibility to hear well-known pieces of music arrenged for wind instruments is attractive for growing number of listeners that is certified by full houses during concerts of the Band in the city of Kyiv and during the team tours in various regions of Ukraine and abroad.
Today the National Academic Symphonic Band of Ukraine, which unites talented creative young people, have great professional potential. It is in a constant state of creative search and is ready to reach new heights of development one of the oldest and most democratic genres of music - brass music - in Ukraine.
Web site of the Band is www.symphonicband.org.ua
General Director Oleksandr Pirozhenko
tel. (044) 278-64-71
General Director and Art Director Oleksandr Pirozhenko
Born on June 3, 1959 in the city of Pervomaisk in Mykolaiv region (Ukraine).
In 1993, got his higher musical education diploma at the Prokofiev Donetsk State Conservatory.
Since the date of creation of the National Academic Brass Band of Ukraine (1 October, 1979) has been working for it. Till 2002 vent the way from actor to concertmaster of the group of percussion.
In 2002-2005 held the position of Managing Director. At that time studed at the State Academy of Leadership in Culture and Arts. Graduated from it in 2003.
Since July 2005 has been working as a Director of the Band. Today he is CEO of the National Academic Brass Band of Ukraine.
During the years of Pirozhenko’s leadership:
- For the first time, two (2) licensed audio CDs, booklets and banners were released.
- Since 2002, a music library of the Band has been enriched by more than 1,500 works because of cooperation with foreing orchestras. Now our library has no analogues in Ukraine.
- Ukrainian television showed programs about the team, and the radio broadcasted the live performances of the Band.
- National Academic Brass Band of Ukraine was established as a methodical center of wind music in Ukraine. It is constantly improving its high artistic level, showing it at sold-out concerts.
- In 2004, the Band obtained its Academic status, in 2008 - the National one.
- The Band visit to the Netherlands and Germany was realized.
For personal contribution to the socio-economic and cultural development of Ukraine and for labor achievements, Pirozhenko was awarded with honorary title "Honored Worker of Culture of Ukraine" (2008).
In 2009, the National Certificate proclaimed Pirozhenko as "State Leader of the Year", and he was awarded with Order 'Status Award "Professional of Field" from the National Business Rating.
The same year, the relevant National Certificate confirmed that the "National Academic Brass Band of Ukraine" took the 6 (sixth) place and was recognized as "State Enterprise of the Year" resulting from ranking of over 300,000 enterprises of Ukraine and according to official data of State Statistics of State Enterprises.
Mikhail Moros - Conductor of the National Academic symphonic band of Ukraine. Was born in Kiev in 1958.
He is graduator of Kyiv P.I. Chaikovsky State Musical Academy, where he was studing at first as choral conductor (1981) and after that as conductor of symphony orchestra (1986). His teacher - outstanding conductor Roman Coffman is now in the head of Philarmonic Orchestra in Bonn.
From 1994 M. Moroz is conductor of Kyiv Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
In his theatre repertoire are various performances, such as operas “Rigoletto” and “La Traviata” by G. Verdi, “A Child and Sorcery” by M. Ravel, “A Tale about Saltan, the Czar” and “Kashchei Bessmertnyy” by N. Rimsky-Korsakov, “Iolanta” by P.Chaikovsky and others operas from Russian and Ukrainian classics, ballets “The Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker” by P.I. Chaikovsky, “Romeo and Juliet” and “Peter and Wolf” by S. Prokofiev music, “Les Sylphides” by F.Chopin music, “Carmen-Suite” by G.Bizet - R. Shchedrin, “A Lady and a Hooligan” by D. Shostakovich music, “Little Humpback Horse” by R. Shchedrin and others; big symphonic scores such as “Requiem” by V.A. Mozart and “Requiem” by A.Shnitke, “Stabat Mater” by G.Rossini, “Stabat Mater” by K.Shimanovsky, “Carmina Burana” by C. Orff .
In his repertoire are also musical masterpieces of G.F. Handel, F.I.Haydn, L.Beethoven, F.Schubert, K.M.Veber, F.Mendelssohn, I.Brahms, I.Strauss, I.Stravinsky, C.Franck, B.Britten, etc.
Was on tours and conduct performances on International Musical Festivals in Moscow (Russia), Italy, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia and other countries.
From 1989 M.Moroz is lecturer of Kiev R.Glier High Musical College, now he is professor and has many talented students.
He is well-known in Ukraine and abroad conductor and teacher. Conducted with the orchestra of Kyiv Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and symphony orchestras. Maestro has participated in many tours to Switzerland, France, Belgium, Spain, Japan, Holland and other countries with different opera performances and concert programs.
Zhadko Victoria Anatolievna, born in Kiev (Ukraine).
Merited Artist of Ukraine (1994), an opera and symphony conductor, a teacher and a performer (classical guitar). Victoria is laureate of many international and national competitions
She graduated as a guitarist in 1991 and in 1993 as an opera and symphony conductor from Kiev State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with honors (now known as the National Musical Academy of Ukraine). During her time at the Academy she actively practices teaching and performs quite a bit both in Ukraine and abroad.
She is the first prize - winner in classical guitar in National competition.
- Zhadko is the first Ukrainian orchestra conductor - laureate of several international competitions:
1993 - I S. Prokofiev International Competition for Conductors (St-Petersburg, Russia, the president of the jury Y.Temirkanov) – 1 prize
1993 – V A. Toscanini International Competition for Conductors (Parma, Italy, the president of the jury R. Barshai.)
1994 – III K. Kondrashin International Competition for Conductors (Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the president of the jury G. Rozhdestsvensky)
1994 – I Turchak National Competition for Conductors (Kiev, Ukraine, the president of the jury Y. Stankovich) – 1 prize
1995 – XI N. Malko International Competition for Conductors (Copenhagen, Denmark, the president of the jury L. Segerstam )
1995 – V G.Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors. (Katowice, Poland, the president of the jury K. Stryja) – 1 prize and Gold Medal
1995 – XII N. Malko International Competition for Conductors (Copenhagen, Denmark, the president of the jury M. Shonwondt)
Starting 1989 she records in television and radio a lot in Ukraine and abroad both as a guitar player (solo, chamber ensemble, as a soloist with an orchestra) and conductor. Since 1993 until now she actively records as a conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the National Ukrainian Radio.
Zhadko is a bright interpreter and a propagandist of modern music, she pays special attention to the art of modern Ukrainian composers while partnering with leading symphony and chamber orchestras of Ukraine:
- National Radio
- National Operas (Kiev, Lvov, Kharkov)
- National Symphony Orchestra (Kiev)
- National Symphony Orchestra (Odesa)
- symphony and chamber orchestras of Donetsk, Lugansk, Lvov, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Kharkov, Khmelnitsky and other philharmonics
- «Kiev Kamerata»
- «Kiev Soloists»
- National Academic Brass Band
- 1997-2000 worked as a chief conductor for Kharkov Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
- She went on tour both as a guitarist and a conductor in Austria, Belarus, Great Britain, Venezuela, Hungary, Germany, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Denmark, Israel, Spain, Italy, China, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Finland, Croatia, Czech republic, Switzerland in partnership with:
- Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
- -Netherlands Radio Symphony
- Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
- Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestras of Aarhus and Odense (Denmark)
- St. Petersburg, Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Nizhniy Novgorod Symphony orchestras (Russia)
- Philharmonic Orchestra of Białystok, Bydgoszcz, Wrocław, Rzeszów, Katowice, Krakow and other Polish philharmonics.
- Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
- Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra
- Symphony orchestra of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus, National Symphony Orchestra ow Belarus, Symphony orchestra of Gomel Philharmonic ( Belarus)
- Philharmonic Orchestra of Sibiu (Romania)
- London Shubert Players (Great Britain)
- Neue Streicher (Austria)
with such a soloists:
- Alicia de Larrocha (piano, Spain)
- Lutoslawski Piano duo (Poland)
- Аndrzej Kulka (violin, Poland)
- Кrzysztof Jakowicz (violin, Poland)
- Gorgy Pauk (violin, Romania)
- Тorleif Theden (cello, Denmark)
- Аdam Klocek (cello, Poland)
Victoria combines her performance activities with teaching in musical academies and universities of Ukraine. She leads numerous workshops and works as a jury member in numerous prestigious competitions both in Ukraine and abroad. She is the only Ukrainian conductor invited as a jury member to the International conductor’s competition outside of Ukraine (Katowice, Poland, 2007, VIII G.Fitelberg International Conductors Competition).
Yurіj Chimbru - bass clarinet
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