Svyatoslav Lunyov

Ukrainian composer Svyatoslav Lunyov is a winner of the L. M. Revyzkogo Prize (1997) and B. M Liatoshynsky Prize (2007) and a member of the Union of Composers of Ukraine. Svyatoslav Lunyov is the author of symphonic, chamber, choir, vocal and electro-acoustic musical works and also of a number of cinematic original scores.

His compositions were performed at the following festivals:
— International Youth Music Forums (1993–98, Kyiv, Ukraine)
— “Music Premieres of the Season” Festivals (1994–2010, Kyiv, Ukraine)
— Kyiv-Music-Fest (1997–2010, Kyiv, Ukraine)
— “Contrasts” International Contemporary Music Festival (2000, 2004, Lviv, Ukraine)
— “Two Days & Two Nights” International Contemporary Music Festival (2003, 2004, 2007, 2009 Odesa, Ukraine)
— “Gogolfest” the festival Contemporary Arts (2009–10, Kyiv, Ukraine)
and also on concerts outside Ukraine — in Russia, Ireland and Serbia.

Among the performers of his compositions are the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Kyiv State Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyiv, Municipal Choir of Ukraine, National Culture University Choir of Ukraine, “MusikFabrik” Contemporary Music Ensemble (Germany), “Silk Road” Duet (Germany).

Some conductors of these performances are Vyacheslav Blinov, Viktor Ploskina, Volodymyr Syrenko, Valery Matyuchin (Ukraine), Fedir Gluschenko (Russia), Veronique Laqroix (Canada) and Dermot Dun (Ireland).

Svyatoslav is one of the most talented contemporary Ukrainian composers of the avant-garde.
His recent projects are music for the author of the “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”, the films “Brothers” and “The Last Confession”.

The additional feature of this project is an opportunity to develop young Ukrainian talents.

Anastasia Bahinska
11 years, Kyiv region

This red-haired girl is a brilliant singer. Since the age of five, Anastasia decided to pursue her passion in music, entering the music school and starting to perform on stage. Anastasia sings in three languages, while her portfolio includes Ukrainian folk songs, international hits, jazz compositions as well as her own songs. She has also proved a competent character voice for films and cartoons, even though such an arduous task is usually given to experienced adult actors.

Anastasia’s marvelous voice became a gem of Ukraine’s SuperCub football championship opening and the new football season. She sang the national anthem of Ukraine, uniting the players, visitors and everyone who watched the match on TV.

Despite her tight schedule, Anastasia has time for singing, painting, horse riding and ice skating, as well as taking part in TV features. She won two Gran Prix at the international festivals in Moldova and Belarus. She is proud with her mission — to represent Ukraine in the world and bring fame to her hometown.

Oleksandr (Sasha) Podolyan
12 years, Vinnytsia region

He is called a “diamond” and a “nightingale” of Vinnytsia. Despite his young age, Oleksandr gained fame as a gifted singer. He is an avid learner and walks to the music school in a neighboring village three times a week. After participating in TV talent shows, his powerful voice was recognized on a national scale.

Oleksandr is also a keen dancer and plays piano. Different activities make up a tight schedule for him. Growing up in an ordinary family, he is not shied away to perform alongside famous singers and TV personalities. His parents closely follow the progress of their son and encourage him to focus on further self-improvement.

Oleksandr is a big fan of Peter Tchaikovsky and his romance I bless you, forests. The music and its technique reverberate with his soul. Oleksandr sings in four languages. His most cherished dream is to sing on one stage with his favorite Italian tenor Alessandro Safina.

Oleksandra Khmara
11 years, Kyiv

Oleksandra plays violin since the age of six. Her brilliant solo performances as well as part of an orchestra honed her skills as a musician. Over her music career, Oleksandra played Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Kreisler’s Prelude and Allegro, Bériot’s Ballet’s scenes.

She played in the best Ukrainian concert halls. Mozart and Bach are among her favorite composers, while concerts for violins with orchestra are her most admirable pieces. She is also a keen music student who appreciates sophisticated opera.

Another passion of Oleksandra is ballroom dances. She joined a local dance club when she was five, gaining numerous awards from the local and regional competitions. Last year, she and her partner became champions of Ukraine in Latin American dances. Furthermore, Oleksandra won several competitions in Ukrainian language and the Taras Shevchenko poetic contest. Oleksandra’s another hobby is painting and she loves her younger sister.

Varvara Vasylyeva
12 years, Kyiv

Varvara is a Ukrainian violinist and a daughter of a priest. She is very young but played a range of music masterpieces already that made listeners all across Europe hold their breath. She performed at various stages in Belgium, Germany and France, hence Varvara and her mother are always on the road to another grateful audience somewhere.

Varvara plays violin everyday for at least five hours. Her favorite composers include Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. She is fascinated by symphony and opera music, cherishing dreams of playing in Paris and Sydney operas as well as in Carnegie Hall in the future.

However, Varvara’s creativity is much wider. She also tries to write her own music and developed a great appreciation of fine arts. Thus she loves works of Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali in Paris. Varvara travelled thousands of kilometers to see them in Paris and feel the beauty of every work.

Vadim Perig
11 years, Kyiv

Since his childhood Vadym exactly knew that he wants to become a musician when will grow up. When choosing the instruments to play on, he immediately chose a violin. As of today, he got some remarkable achievements on his list: Eugen Coca International Violin Competition (Moldova, 2015), 1 st prize Young Names of Ukraine Festival (Ukraine, 2015), laureate International Balys Dvarionas Competition (Lithuania, 2016), laureate International Violists Competition (Romania, 2016), laureate Vadym is fond of history of cars, cycling, swimming and world history.

Babyn Yar