Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine | Oksana Lyniv © mutesouvenir/Kai Bienert
Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine | Oksana Lyniv © mutesouvenir/Kai Bienert
Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine | Oksana Lyniv



Evgeni Orkin (*1977)
Requiem for a Poet for baritone and orchestra
world premiere
Edward Elgar (1857–1934)
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
Symphony No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 38 Spring Symphony

This concert is kindly supported by a music-loving couple from Lucerne


The Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine received a standing ovation when it made its first guest appearance at Lucerne Festival two years ago, just a few months after the brutal Russian attack on Ukraine began. Now, while the war is still raging in their homeland and claiming countless victims every day, these young musicians return. The concert will therefore begin with the world premiere of a requiem by Evgeni Orkin, who was awarded the European Composition Prize in 2023. It is dedicated to the young writer Maxim Krivtsov, who was killed at the front at the beginning of January, one day after the publication of his first volume of poetry. Edward Elgar’s elegiac Cello Concerto, his final masterpiece, also reflects the effects of war, namely, the First World War. The second half of the concert then brings us “out of the darkness into the light” with Schumann’s animated Spring Symphony. For conductor Oksana Lyniv, who founded the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in 2016, music proves to be “an indestructible force capable of having an effect that is louder and more articulate than any bomb or machine gun.”

Event Venue

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
CH-6005 Luzern

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