Head of the Project, Germany
Dr. h. c. Peter Schwarz — Chairman of the German non-profit organisation VladOpera e.V., initiator and head of the project Music Overcomes Walls.
Grew up in Western Germany. After the fall of the Iron Curtain he travelled to former „Eastern Bloc" and the Soviet Union to explore another part of the world. He was an exchange student for one year in Krasnoyarsk (Sibiria) and worked two years within a program of the Robert Bosch Foundation in Vladivostok (Russian Far East). Since 2003 he is realizing cultural projects. In 2009, he was appointed chairman of VladOpera e.V.
In 2010-2011 he was artistic production manager of the German Festival "Die Ruhrtriennale", one of Europe´s biggest cultural festivals.
Peter Schwarz came first to Luhansk Region and Severodonetsk in spring 2015. He understood that it was very important to work in this region to understand better what is going on in East Ukraine. After this first visit VladOpera e.V. together with varying partners realized several theater and musical projects: Theater Festival everything´s different in Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Dnipro, Kharkiv and Severodonetsk in 2015, a documentary theater production Bajki Severa in Severodonetsk in 2016, and a Don Giovanni-concert in Severodonetsk in 2017.