The music scene has its own laws which are at the same time connected with invisible verges of the feeling when everything is permitted and of creative excitement. It’s enough to close your eyes and feel the special atmosphere during each performance of the young virtuosos from Ukraine. Then you realize at once that it is worth experiencing such moments as often as possible. Let the whole world know.
The Ukrainian mozarts Khrystyna Mykhailychenko and Yevhen Motorenko performed at the Ukrainian Institute of America where they represented their country with dignity in front of the numerous ambassadors of foreign countries to the UN and heads of the Ukrainian organizations in US, and yet again they showed to the whole world that Ukraine is extremely rich in talent, and that Ukrainian culture is unique and varied and, most importantly, that it continues developing despite all the difficulties and the war, there are sounds of faith and a bright future.
The Ukrainian musicians performed the works by Frederick Chopin, Nestor Nyzhankivsky, Valentin Silvestrov, Ferenz List and everyone tried to convey the main mission of the performance – music against the war.
Young artists were incredibly impressed just by understanding of representing Ukraine in the U.S., as they had traveled around Europe before this performance.
Talented Ukrainian youth with support of Center of cultural initiatives “Responsible Future” gave concerts on the best European stages – the Korto Hall (Paris, France), the BOZAR hall (Brussels, Belgium), the concert hall in Antverpen, organ hall of the Conservatory in Bruges. The main mission of the fund is uniting the various interested parties in order to support musically gifted children from Ukraine and internally displaced people from the east and Crimea. Classical music performed by talented children proves all the stereotypes wrong, destroys the verges of wars and conflicts, and gives faith and peace to the people.
“I enjoyed playing to the public who can listen,” said the young pianist Khrystynka Mykhailychenko. “I had been preparing for these performances very thoroughly, as when I learned that we would play in America, I was very happy. It is really pleasant that we have been received so warmly here, I just felt at home.”
The nine-year-old Khrystyna was born in the city of Simferopol in Crimea. The girl’s family moved to Kyiv after the annexation of the peninsula by the Russian Federation. Khrystyna has been studying music since the age of 5 and even today we will need several sheets of paper to write down all the awards the pianist has received. In 2014, Khrystyna got the Grand-Prix at the Con Amore Festum All-Ukrainian Contest, and she also became the laureate of the diploma of the stage at the Holland piano competition, International Contest in The Hague, The Netherlands. After this honor, the girl received offers from the organizers and jury of the International Contest and gave three charity concerts during the spring festival in Holland.
Khrystyna also performs with the Kyiv Kamerata National Band, the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Zaporizhzhia National Philharmonic, Kyiv Soloists National Chamber Band, as well as with the concerts “For the future of Ukraine. We are your children, Ukraine.” Today the girl still believes that her dear Crimea will return to Ukraine, there will be peace in the country and music will defeat any evil.
Sixteen-year old Yevhen Motorenko was born and lives in the city of Kyiv. In 2005 he entered Kyiv the special secondary music school named after M. Lysenko. Since the first year of his studies, he has been playing in various concert grounds of Ukraine. In 2007 on the stage of the Lviv Philharmonic, he performed the concert for piano with the orchestra by D. Bortniansky accompanied by the Lviv Chamber Orchestra. He performed two solo concerts accompanied by an orchestra in the town of Melitopol, Kamyanka in the Cherkasy Region, on the stage of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine.
Taking part in various contests, Yevhen received a range of awards, including the first prize at the International Contest of Young Pianists and the “Best Virtuoso” prize in Tbilisi, Georgia (2011), third prize at the international contest of Chopin, Estonia, Tallinn (2011), second prize of the international contest of Volodymyr Kraynev, Kharkiv (2012), first place at the contest of young pianists, “Music without borders,” Lithuania (2012), and winner of the contest for receiving a master class from the famous pianist Dmytro Bashkirov in Lichtenstein (2013).
In order to pass the main message to the world public, “Make music, not war,” a famous Ukrainian pianist Dmytro Sukhoviyenko, currently living and working in Belgium, agreed to support the young musicians.
“This is my first performance in New York since 1994. We are performing today on the occasion of the celebration of Ukrainian Constitution Day. This country is young and it has strength and energy; it shows how it is possible and necessary to be worthy one’s own life. The young talent performing at the concert represented Ukraine wonderfully on a serious level and I was very pleased to add to this symbolic connection between generations,” says Dmytro.”We must remember that life is very short and instead of destroying we should build something amazing. Art and music are the parts of life, which support us in difficult moments and show that we should always return to the nice things. We should support each other and be strong together. Only this way we will win!”
Visiting the U.S. the Ukrainian musicians also performed at the World Bank in Washington. On the same day, the young talent performed in a wonderful concert for the Ukrainian Diaspora at The Lyceum History Museum, where they had a chance to see how many Ukrainian natives currently live in the U.S., and who painfully worry about all the sufferings of the Ukrainians or their native land. Understanding the meaning of unity and spiritual power is truly special in this moment, as never before.
Khrystyna Mykhailychenko and Yevhen Motorenko had an opportunity to attend a performance by famous American virtuoso musicians at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York. There is no doubt that it would not take much time until we will see the names of these young and talented Ukrainian Stars featured at the musical Olympus.
The tour by young musicians in U.S.A. was extremely successful and once again Ukrainians demonstrated their amazing talent and their rich musical culture, thanks to the Center of cultural initiatives “Responsible Future,” The World Bank, Ukrainian Permanent Mission to the UN, InLove Magazine, and Ukrainian Diaspora of New York and Washington who all together made it possible.
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