Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine Serhiy Horobets
Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine Serhiy Horobets

he Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine will make a guest appearance at Lucerne Festival on 8 August with Oksana Lyniv and Andrii Murza.

Lucerne Festival will kick off the summer with an additional concert on 8 August. The Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine will perform under the baton of its founder and principal conductor, Oksana Lyniv. This guest performance by the Ukrainian youth orchestra will launch the series featuring international youth orchestras in the Music for Future category, which serves as an introductory prelude to the Summer Festival before its official opening on 12 August.

The evening's program includes the PragueSymphony by Wolfgang Amadé Mozart and two works by Ukrainian composers, the Sinfonietta by Zoltan Almashi and the Chamber Symphony No. 1 for violin and orchestra by Vitaliy Hubarenko. The soloist will be the Ukrainian violinist Andrii Murza.

"We are very pleased that this concert could be organized at such short notice," remarks Michael Haefliger, Executive and Artistic Director of Lucerne Festival. "It is very important for us to once again take a stand in solidarity with Ukraine and on behalf of peace."

The Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (YSOU) comprises musicians aged 12 to 22 from cities including Kiev, Lviv, Odessa, Kharkiv, and Donetsk. It was founded in 2016 on the initiative of the Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv, who will make her Lucerne Festival debut with the concert on 8 August. Lyniv is one of the most sought-after conductors in Europe. She is the founder and artistic director of the LvivMozArt Festival and, as music director of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, the first female principal conductor of an Italian opera orchestra. In 2021, she became the first woman in the history of the Bayreuth Festival to conduct an opera production (The Flying Dutchman). Since the beginning of the Russian attack on Ukraine, Lyniv has been campaigning to end the war in her home­land. The violinist Andrii Murza will also make his Lucerne Festival debut on 8 August. A native in Odessa, Murza is Artistic Director of the Odessa International Violin Competition. He teaches at the National Music Academy of Odessa and is a member of the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra. Murza has previously performed at several European music festivals, such as the Heidelberger Frühling and the Santander International Festival.

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