Special Symphonic Concert Filharmonia Narodowa

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Special Symphonic Concert
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, photo: Oleksandr Ivanov

Maxim Berezovsky, dubbed the ‘Ukrainian Mozart’, wrote his Symphony in C major in 1770–1772. This work was long considered lost. After it was rediscovered in the Vatican’s archives at the beginning of the twenty-first century, it was soon hailed as the ‘first Russian symphony’, since from 1759 Berezovsky sang with the Italian opera troupe in Oranienbaum. This composition is an eminent example of just how advanced Ukrainian musical practice was in the eighteenth century, while at the same time manifesting tsarist Russia’s imperialist ambitions, including in the domain of culture.

Yevhen Stankovich, in his Second ‘Dramatic’ Symphony, from 1975, presented a mature and unusual vision of heroism. We find here both militaristic rhythms and restless sonorities characteristic of Borys Lyatoshynsky, as well as lyrical cantilena phrases that skilfully transpose the legacy of eighteenth-century Ukrainian music, including the music of Berezovsky, into contemporary realities.

Jan Lech


Dmytro Udovychenko

Born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Dmytro Udovychenko began studying music at the age of five, and aged six he started attending music school in Kharkiv, under the tutelage of Lyudmila Varenina.

He has won prizes in many international music competitions, including first prize in the 24th Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition (Fermo, 2018) and 2nd International Odessa Violin Competition (2021), second prize in the 5th International Jascha Heifetz Competition (Vilnius, 2017), 1st International Odessa Violin Competition (2018) and International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition (Hannover, 2018), and third prize in the 12th International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition (Helsinki, 2022).

Dmytro Udovychenko has played with various orchestras, such as the Kharkiv Philharmonic Orchestra, Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, National Philharmonic of Ukraine in Kyiv, NDR Radiophilharmonie (cond. Andrew Manze), Bergische Symphoniker, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Würth Philharmoniker, Slovak Sinfonietta, Branderburger Symphoniker, South Jutland Symphony Orchestra and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

He has attended masterclasses given by Leonidas Kavakos, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Natalya Boyarskaya, Ana Chumachenko, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Christian Tetzlaff and Sergey Ostrovsky. He has participated in various projects organised by The Violin Channel, Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz and Kronberg Academy. In 2013 he was accepted for a junior course at the Folkwang University of the Arts, and in 2016 for a bachelor’s degree course in the class of Boris Garlitsky.