The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
(known as Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra till 1994)
The NSOU is one of the best symphony orchestras from the Eastern Europe. It was formed in November 1918 by Counsel of Ministers of Ukraine. The first conductor was Oleksander Horilyj. Natan Rachlin was Artist Director of the orchestra from 1937 for 25 years. Stefan Turchak, Volodymyr Kozhuchar, Fedir Hlushchenko, Igor Blazhkov and Theodore Kuchar consequently conducted the orchestra as Principal Conductors. Other conductors who worked with the NSOU included Leopold Stokovsky, Igor Markevitch, Kurt Sanderling, Evgeny Mravinsky, Kirill Kondrashyn, Evgeny Svetlanov, Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Soloists who have performed with the NSOU included Artur Rubinstein, Yehudy Menuhin, Isaak Stern, David Oistrach, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Emil Gilels, Leonid Kogan, Gidon Kremer, Oleh Krysa, Monserrat Kaballe, Jose Carreras, Juan Diego Florez.
The NSOU was trusted with the premier performances by the works of following composers: Sergiy Prokofiev, Dmitriy Shostakovich, Aram Khatchaturian, Boris Lyatoshynsky, Valentyn Silvestrov, Myroslav Skoryk, Evgen Stankovych.
The Orchestra has gained international recognition over remarkable short period of time. After an appearance in Moscow, Dmitri Shostakovich commented: "This orchestra has as distinguished a group of performers as one would be likely to find anywhere. The ensemble of the orchestra is of the highest level. In addition, the various soloist and instrumental groups within the Orchestra play exceptionally and complement each other beautifully - as would greatest of the world's symphony orchestras."
Since from the 1993th, the NSOU has recorded more 80 compact discs included
Ukrainian and International repertoires. Most of these recordings have received the highest international acclaim. In the 1994th, the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) rated NSOU's recording of Boris Lyatoshynsky's Symphonies No.2 and No.3 as "The Best Recording of the Year". The CD of Silverstov’s “Requiem for Larissa” was nominated for the 47th Grammy Awards; the CD of Bloch and Lees’s Violin Concertos was nominated for the 51st Grammy Awards.
The NSOU had concert tours to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, England, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and United Arabian Emirates.
"BRAVOS HAIL ORCHESTRA VIRTUES."
...A program rich with energy and unusually adventurous placed the National Symphony orchestra of Ukraine in a highly favorable light when it gave its only Sidney concert during an II concert Australian tour on Friday. This is an orchestra with many virtues. Its strings can conjure up a vibrant songfuiness; the woodwinds have a fruity, penetrating ripeness; the brass could endanger the walls of Jericho; the percussion might wake the dead...
“The Sydney Morning Herald”
Since from April 1999, Volodymyr Sirenko is Artistic Director & Chief Conductor of the NSOU. Since from June 2006, Alexander Hornostai is Executive Director & Producer of the NSOU.