National Ensemble of Ukraine
National Chamber Ensemble "Kyiv Soloists
L'National Chamber Ensemble "Kyiv Soloists is the realisation of a long-held dream of the eminent Ukrainian violinist and teacher Bogodar Kotorovych (1941-2009). The orchestra is composed of renowned musicians from all over Ukraine, most of whom are winners of national and international competitions, representing the traditions of the founder. Anatoli Vasylkovskii is the artistic director of the NCE "Kyiv Soloists" since 2017.
The ensemble has gained a reputation for promoting internationally renowned composers. Among others, the Military Requiem from Benjamin Britten, the Double Concerto from George Palmer and the Concerto for marimba d'Erkki-Sven Tüür were performed for the first time in Ukraine by the Soloists of Kiev.
The ensemble also makes considerable efforts to popularise modern Ukrainian composers such as Myroslav Skoryk, Yevgeni Stankovych and Valentin Silvestrovamong others.
The diversity and potential of the ensemble has attracted the attention of renowned performers of different styles such as Valery Sokolov (violin, Ukraine), Kirill Karabits (conductor, Ukraine-England), Oksana. Lyniv (conductor, Ukraine-Austria), Erki Pehk (conductor, Estonia), Stéphane Réty (flute, France), Maxim Rysanov (viola, England), Naum Grubert (piano, Netherlands), Gary Hoffman (cello, USA), Claudio Martínez Mehner (piano, Spain), Julian Milkis (clarinet, USA), Denis Severin (cello, Switzerland), Dimitri Ashkenazy (clarinet, Switzerland), Oxana Yablonskaya (piano, Russia/USA), Vag Papian (piano, Armenia/Israel), the jazz singer Nino Katamadze (Georgia), the founder of the band "Deep Purple Jon Lord and the jazz pianist Konstanty Wileński (Poland).
The expressive and poetic style of the "Kyiv Soloists", combined with Ukrainian musical traditions, has captivated audiences around the world: Luxembourg Palace and theUNESCO in Paris, Komische Opera in Berlin, National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Place Flagey in Belgium, Radio Kulturhaus in Vienna, Concert Hall Esplanade in Singapore and World Exhibition in Japan. The ensemble has been invited to international festivals: David Oistrakh Festival (Estonia), Modern Music Festival "Warsaw Autumn". (Warsaw, Poland), Krakow Festival of Modern Music (Poland), Ruhr Classical Music Festival (Germany), International Festival of Symphony Music (Algeria), Ankara Music Festival (Turkey), International Ludwig van Beethoven Music Festival (Poland), but also Ukrainian festivals such as "Season Music Premiers", KyivMusicFest, GogolFest, ChamberArtMusic.
In recognition of the orchestra's activity representing Ukrainian culture abroad, the "Kyiv Soloists" were awarded the title of National Ensemble of Ukraine.
For its outstanding achievements in representing Ukrainian culture in the world, the ensemble was awarded the title of Ambassador of Ukrainian Culture in the World by the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.