Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

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The Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is a unique project which brings together talented young musicians aged 12 to 22 from all parts of Ukraine and supports their education. The Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv initiated this project, which is modelled upon the German National Youth Orchestra, with which the Ukrainian orchestra has a close cooperation, after the three partner institutions Beethovenfest Bonn, National Youth Orchestra and Deutsche Welle had gotten in touch with her early in 2016 to engage her as a conductor for their annual Campus Project. IN December 2016, 30 young musicians were selected by a Ukrainian-German jury. The first concerts of the project took place in the fall of 2017 at the grand closing of the LvivMozArt Festival in Lviv, at the National Philharmonic of the Ukraine in Kiev, in Bonn and Berlin. Now the Ukrainian musicians appear for the first time as their own independent youth orchestra at Young Euro Classic.

August 16, 2018 8 pm

Konzerthaus, Berlin

Barbara Schneider-Kempf

Director General, Berlin State Library

Barbara Schneider-Kempf was born in Trier in 1954, studied architecture in Hanover and Aachen and then qualified for the senior administrative service at scientific libraries. After holding positions at the University Libraries in Hanover and Duisburg, she became director of the new-founded University Library in Potsdam in 1992. In 2002 she was appointed permanent deputy to the director general, in 2003 temporary director general and in 2004 general director of the Berlin State Library. Apart from serving on many other committees, she was a member and chairwoman of the Library Commission of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) from 1995 to 2001 and has been a board member of the FrauenMediaTurm in Cologne since 2006. Her love of music is reflected by the fact that Barbara Schneider-Kempf has been president of the Brandenburg Bach Society since 2010 and a member of the advisory council of the Mendelssohn Society in Berlin since 2011. As the concert patron for the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Barbara Schneider-Kempf has invited the entire orchestra to visit the music collection of the Berlin State Library and view an original manuscript of a symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven.


Patron of the Evening
Oksana Lyniv

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The Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv, herself the daughter of two musicians, received her musical education at the music academy of her hometown in Lviv. In 2004 she won the 3rd Prize at the Gustav Mahler Conductor’s Competition of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and was thereupon appointed assistant to its chief conductor, Jonathan Nott. At the same time, she began studying at the Dresden Music Academy and was supported by the German Music Council’s “Conductors’ Forum” from 2007 to 2009. In 2013 Oksana Lyniv was appointed assistant to the general music director Kirill Petrenko at the Bavarian State Opera, where she conducted La clemenza di Tito, La traviata, Die Fledermaus and Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, among others. Since the beginning of this season, the 40-year-old conductor has been chief conductor of the Graz Opera. Furthermore, last year she founded the international festival LvivMozArt in Lviv year, which was inspired by the historical work of Mozart’s son Franz Xaver in Lviv.

Valeriy Sokolov

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The 31-year-old violinist, a native of Kharkiv in the Ukraine, moved to London at the age of 13, where he studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School. In 2005 he won the International George Enescu Competition in Bucharest, followed by many invitations from orchestras in Europe and the USA, working with conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Ashkenazy and David Zinman. Recent concerts have included appearances with the Orchestre de Paris, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the NDR Elbphilharmonie. He is artist-in-residence this season at the Staatskapelle Weimar with its chief conductor Kirill Karabits. A passionate chamber musician, he dedicated much of 2016 to a Europe-wide tour project with the violinist Lisa Batiashvili, the cellist Gautier Capuçon and other musicians, commemorating the 100th birthday of the composer Henri Dutilleux. The music filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon shot the film un violon dans l’âme / Natural Born Fiddler about one of Sokolov’s recitals in Toulouse in 2004.



“Slavic March” Op. 31 (1876)


Chamber Symphony No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra Op. 14 (1967, German Premiere)


“Ukrainian Poem” for Violin and Orchestra (1997, German Premiere)


Symphony No. 7 in A-Major Op. 92 (1812)

7 pm: Pre-Concert Talk with Anne Kussmaul at the Werner-Otto-Saal
Free admission for ticket holders at 6:45 pm


Everything began in 2016 when the German National Youth Orchestra acted as “midwife”, supporting the founding of this Ukrainian ensemble in several ways. In the meantime, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is able to stand on its own feet. In focusing on the armed struggles this country is currently suffering, its great musical tradition is often overlooked and ignored. Thus, it is all the better that the young Ukrainian musicians introduce two works by native Ukrainian composers, Vitaliy Hubarenko and Yevhen Stankovych, which have never been performed in Germany before. It is hardly surprising that the orchestra is led by Oksana Lyniv, a self-confident conductor who perfected her craft in Munich assisting Kirill Petrenko, the future chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. For the finale of their performance at Young Euro Classic, the Ukrainians have chosen a work that tests the mettle of every ambitious orchestra: Beethoven’s exuberant Symphony No. 7.




This concert is recorded by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and broadcasted nationwide – via FM, DAB +, Kabel, online and app. The date of the broadcast is August 19, 2018, 20:03-22:00.


The concert will be streamed LIVE and ON DEMAND on ARTE CONCERT:

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