Luhansk Regional Philharmonic

Luhansk Regional Philharmonic was founded in 1943. The structure included a Variety Theater and a Youth Song and Dance Ensemble. In 1945, a Symphony Orchestra was established. In the 1960-80s, the Philharmonic became the center of the musical life of the region: apart from lecture concerts and thematic programs, the variety shows actively developed and operas were produced. In 1985, the only Schuke organ at that time in Ukraine was installed in the Philharmonic. In the 1990s, the Children's Philharmonic "Rovestnik" was established. In 2008, the reconstruction of the Philharmonic was completed. In 2014, the creative team was represented by the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Instrumental Ensemble "Kyivska Rus", Song and Dance Ensemble "Legend", Ensemble of Variety and Jazz Music "SOMVO", and Ensemble of Dance "Flame Dance".

In April 20015as a result of the outbreak of hostilities in the Eastern Ukraine, the Philharmonic was moved to Severodonetsk, where it resumed its activities. The first concert of the Symphony Orchestra took place on May 7, 2015. In December 2015, the Song and Dance Ensemble "Radany" released their first program, and in November 2017, the "БеZМеЖ" group was created.

Symphony Orchestra

The Symphony Orchestra of the Luhansk Regional Philharmonic gave its first concert in November 1945. The performing style of the Orchestra was formed in cooperation with famous musicians and conductors, among them Svyatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh, Leonid Kogan, Bogodar Kotorovich, Samuel Ratner, Yuri Olesov and many others. In 1999, the first foreign tours of the Orchestra took place in Italy. In the following years, the Orchestra toured in Spain, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, France, Denmark, Germany, Norway, China, and Japan, and in 2006 was awarded the title "Academic."

In 2002, the Orchestra was led by the Austrian conductor and composer Kurt Schmid. His coming expended the repertoire and the tour map of the Orchestra, which became participant in a number of international meetings and festivals, among which:

"The Vienna Ball", Kyiv, 2004, 2005.
Festival "Salt Symphony", Soledar, Kyiv, 2004 — 2006.
"Days of Austrian Culture in Ukraine", 2007
Festival "Two Worlds" (50th Festival "Dei Due Mondi"), Spoleto, Italy, 2007.

In 2015, the Orchestra resumed its work in Severodonetsk, the main conductor was the Honored Artist of Ukraine Yevgeny Tutevich. The team laid its first tour route to Western Ukraine within the project "Let's change the country together", and in 2016 and 2017 visited Austria, where, under the direction of the honorary chief conductor Kurt Schmid, presented a program of Ukrainian music. In 2018, the Orchestra gave a whole series of New Year and Christmas concerts in Italy (conductor — Nazar Yatskiv). The Orchestra successfully cooperates with famous Ukrainian and foreign soloists and conductors, actively supports young musicians.

For the moment, Severodonetsk College of Culture and Arts named after Sergei Prokofiev serves as a place for rehearsals and concerts of the Orchestra.

In October 2017, the first joint project of the Luhansk Regional Philharmonic and the German Association VladOpera e.V. was implemented. It was a concert of the Academic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robin Engelen. Several works by V.A. Mozart: the overture to the opera "The Wedding of Figaro", Symphony No. 38 "Prague", as well as excerpts from the opera "Don Giovanni" were performed with the participation of soloists from Ukraine and Germany.