It is hoped the agreement will help organise performances by the Kyiv Symphony and Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine 

The Berlin Philharmonic at a recent performance of Die Frau ohne Schatten. Photo: Monika Rittershaus

The Berlin Philharmonic at a recent performance of Die Frau ohne Schatten. Photo: Monika Rittershaus

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The Berlin Philharmonic has announced that it has become a patron of both the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. The agreement will see the German ensemble support the orchestras in organising performance opportunities and the procurement of instruments. Both orchestras have already performed at the Philharmonie Berlin in 2022, at the invitation of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation.

‘After our colleagues from the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra contacted us, we decided to take on patronship of the orchestra,’ said violinist Eva-Maria Tomasi, a member of the orchestra’s board. ‘We would like to express our solidarity with the musicians in Ukraine who are trying to maintain musical life in Ukraine under terrible circumstances. The Kyiv Symphony Orchestra also acts as an important ambassador for its country by giving concerts outside Ukraine. We want to support the musicians in this as much as possible.’

Last year, members of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine played alongside their counterparts in the National Youth Orchestra of Germany. The ensemble is made up of musicians aged 12 to 22. ‘We would like to thank the Berliner Philharmoniker sincerely for their patronship,’ said Alexandra Zaitseva, director of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and manager of the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra. ‘It is very important for us both symbolically, as a strong sign of support for our home country, and practically. It offers us the prospect of a close exchange. Together with the founder and chief conductor of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Oksana Lyniv, with all colleagues of the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and the chief conductor Luigi Gaggero, we are committed to the European integration of Ukrainian culture, the support of the young generation of Ukrainian artists and the further development of this unbroken musical tradition, especially in today’s challenging times.’


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