Orchestra Music Performers

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Theodore Kuchar

The multiple award-winning conductor Theodore Kuchar is the most recorded conductor of his generation and appears on over 110 compact discs for the Naxos, Brilliant Classics, Ondine and Marco Polo labels. He has served as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of two of Europe’s leading orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Czech Radio Orchestra) while also serving as the Principal Conductor of the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra and Slovak Sinfonietta. In the 2011-12 season he commenced his tenure as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela and prior to that served as the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia. In addition to his conducting activities he has served as the Artistic Director of two of the world’s most important chamber music festivals, The Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine

The Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine headquartered in the Medieval city of Lviv was officially established on September 27, 1902 as, on this day, the first concert of the newly formed orchestra took place in the Philharmonic Theater of Count Stanislav Skarbko (presently known as the Ukrainian National Academic Theater of Drama named after Maria Zankovetska). The Principal Conductor of the orchestra was Ludwik Vitezslav Czelianski (1870-1931).  Henryk Jarecki and Henryk Meltzer-Szczawinski worked alongside him as conductors of the orchestra.

During the first season, the orchestra performed nearly 115 concerts, the total number of audience members exceeding 115,000. The concert programs featured the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven, symphonic works by Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, Antonin Dvorak, Anton Bruckner, Gustav Mahler, Camille Saint-Saëns, Peter Tchaikovsky. Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Ruggiero Leoncavallo and Mieczyslaw Karlowicz performed as invited conductors with the Lviv orchestra during its first season. 

In 1933, the orchestra became incorporated as the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine . According to the announcements, the “Inaugural” symphony concert of the newly formed orchestra of Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine took place on November 20, 1933. Adam Soltys led the orchestra, in particular in the first season he combined the functions of director and artistic director. He actively worked with the orchestra until 1938. During this period, the symphony orchestra was performed by prominent composers – Maurice Ravel, Bela Bartok, Karol Szymanowski, soloists – Anton Rubinstein, Ferruccio Busoni, Wanda Landowska, Leopold Godowski, Jacob Milstein, Eugene Isai, Pablo Corvadam – Szymanowska and many others.

With the advent of the Soviet regime, the orchestra was led by Isaac Pain.  Lviv conductor and composer Mykola Kolessa was also invited to work in the orchestra. During the German occupation, in 1941-1944, the Philharmonic did not operate. In the postwar period, the orchestra had to be re-assembled, which was the joint effort of Isaac Pain, Dionysius Khabal, Nestor Hornytsky and Mykola Kolessa. The team resumed work in August 1944. The first concerts featured works by Stanislav Liudkevych, Vasyl Barvinsky, Mykola Lysenko, Stanislav Monyushko, Camille Saint-Saens, Peter Tchaikovsky, Carl Maria von Weber.

During 1953-1957 and later – in 1987-1989 the conductor of the orchestra was Yuriy Lutsiv. From 1964 to 1987, the symphony orchestra was led by Demyan Pelekhatyi, who worked fruitfully with colleagues Roman Filipchuk and Ihor Simovich. From 1989 the principal conductor of the orchestra was Ivan Yuziuk, the conductors were Roman Fylypchuk and Yarema Kolessa.

Some of the world’s greatest musicians have been performing with the orchestra since the 1950s including: Sviatoslav Richter, Heinrich and Stanislav Neuhaus, Emil Gilels, Maria Yudina, Moisey Greenberg, Dmytro Bashkirov, David and Ihor Oistrakh, Mstyslav Rostropovich, Yuriy Lysychenko, Mariya Chaikovska, Viktoria Lukyanets, Gidon Kremer, Leonid Kohan, Natalia Gutman, Oleh Polyansky, Dmytro Tkachenko, Roman Hrynkiv, Myroslava Kotorovych, Oleksandr Slobodyanyk, Bohodar Kotorovych, Oleh Krysa, Olga Batystyuk, Lidia Shutko, Jozhef Ermin, Oksana Rapita, Etela Chupryk.

Some of the most famous conductors in classical music, including Kirill Kondrashin, Fuat Mansurov, Nathan Rakhlin, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Reinhold Gliere, Yevgeni Mravinsky, Nikolae Popescu, Kurt Masur, Saulius Sondeckis, Theodore Kuchar and Mariss Jansons as well as Ukrainian conductors Stefan Turchak, Fedor Glushchenko, Igor Blazhkov, Roman Kofman, Volodymyr Kozhukhar, Volodymyr Sirenko Viktor Ploskina, Yuriy Yanko and Victoria Zhadko.

The Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine  is a regular participant in international festivals, including, the International Festival of Musical Art “Virtuosos”, the International Festival of Contemporary Music “Contrasts”, the Ukrainian-Polish Festival “Discovering Paderewski.”

The Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine  has toured extensively around the world including Poland, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and The People’s Republic of China. During the past several seasons they have completed highly-acclaimed recordings for major international labels including Naxos and Brilliant Classics.

Theodore Kuchar, Principal Guest Conductor

The multiple award-winning conductor Theodore Kuchar is the most recorded conductor of his generation and appears on over 140 compact discs for the Naxos, Brilliant Classics, Ondine, Marco Polo, Toccata Classics and Centaur labels. He has served as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of two of Europe’s leading orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Czech Radio Orchestra) while also serving as the Principal Conductor of the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra and Slovak Sinfonietta. In the 2011-12 season he commenced his tenure as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela and prior to that served as the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia. He presently serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine. Lviv In addition to his conducting activities he has served as the Artistic Director of two of the world’s most important chamber music festivals, The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (1991-2007) and the Nevada Chamber Music Festival (2003-2018).

Bulent Evcil

Bulent Evcil is an exceptional flutist who is devoted not only to his craft but also to the creation of programs featuring the traditional Turkish repertoire.

He started his flute education at the MSU State Conservatory in 1980 in Turkey and continued in the Brussels Royal Conservatory and Heidelberg-Mannheim School of Music. In 1992 he had an opportunity to be a student of Sir James Galway. He described Evcil as ‘one of the best flutists of his generation.’

Between 2000-2005 he worked as a flute group conductor in Istanbul State Opera and Ballet. Currently, he is a flute group chief at the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and a solo flutist at the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra. Evcil, also took part in many international orchestras such as Italian International Symphony Orchestra, Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra and Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra under the conductor of Lorin Maazel as a solo flutist and 1st flutist.

Evcil is internationally-acclaimed for his expressive skills, had been invited as a guest artist, and gave many solo festivals worldwide. Some of the most prestigious festivals are the Italian International Flute Festival, Flautomania Teatro Alla Scala in Milano, Italy, Slovenian international flute Festival, Slovenia, French flute festival in Nice and Serbian int. Flute festival Belgrade, Serbia. Pristine flute festival, Kosovo, NFA flute conventions Head Liner concerts in San Diego and New York, America. He also conducted many masterclasses worldwide.

Evcil has significant contributions to expand the popularity of his instrument, Flute, and has the ambition to represent his music and his country, Turkey, at the international music arena. He is awarded by” Classical Music Magazine ANDANTE” The Best woodwind player of 2010 in TURKEY.

As a prodigious recording artist, and he has three main recordings. His first CD named “TANGO TIME” came out by KALAN MUSIC in Turkey, His second CD called “Middle Eastern Miniatures” and the third one was recorded in 2015 with a world-famous accompanist Phillip Moll and named as “The Flute Virtuoso.”