Lviv Personality

Leondard Bernstein: A Once-in-a-Century Talent of Ukrainian Descent

Issue 118, December 2018.
From his birthplace in Lawrence, Massachusetts to New York, Berlin, South Africa, China, Israel, and Ukraine, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was a larger-than-life conductor, pianist, composer and all-around bon vivant. His fame was derived from his long tenure as the musical director of the New York Philharmonic, from conducting for many of the world’s leading orchestras, and from his iconic music for productions such as West Side Story, Peter Pan, On the Waterfront, and Candide.

Music as a Choice - An interview with composer and conductor Matthias Georg Kendlinger

Issue 113, June 2018.
In movies, symphony conductors are portrayed as unsmiling, intense men in coattails that lead a stuffy – but beautiful – musical performance by unsmiling, intense musicians. Matthias Georg Kendlinger may have intensity, but he’s anything but unsmiling or stuffy. A native of Tyrol, composer and conductor Kendlinger is also the founder of the K&K Philharmoniker Orchestra. Created in Lviv in 2002, the K&K is now one of Europe’s leading orchestras as they perform over 100 concerts on Europe’s biggest stages every year. Kendlinger brings his orchestra back home to Lviv several times each year and even created his own Matthias Kendlinger Music Festival last year.

New Wave Exhibition & Festival

Issue 112, May 2018.
New Wave Exhibition & Festival 25-27 May at !FESTRepublic Club (24-36 Staroznesenska St.) Lviv’s !FESTRepbulic club will play host to the New Wave Exhibition, a weekend festival of the creative industries, from 25-27 May. With panel discussions, exhibitions, talks, and gigs by artists, innovators, and industry leaders, this three-day event Lviv’s !FESTRepublic club will play host to the New Wave Exhibition, a weekend festival of the creative industries, from 25-26 May. With panel discussions, exhibitions, and talks and gigs by artists, innovators, and industry leaders, this three-day event examines the creative and business connections between art and industry. The event explores income-generating opportunities for artists and creative entrepreneurs across a variety of disciplines, including fashion, music, film, animation, and digital media. More festival than conference, the event is a celebration of Ukrainian artistic endeavor as well as a networking opportunity for collaborative sharing between artists and creative entrepreneurs. Festival highlights will include performances by NovaЯ – the world’s one and only laser harp player, DJ Raft Tone, the Garage Drum Show, the Duo Eos aerial gymnasts, and the spectacular ILuminad light show. Tickets are 100-250 UAH. For more information, please visit facebook.com/newwaveexhibition/. Prior to the NWE (New Wave Exhibition), festival organizer Olenka Royuk took time from her schedule to answer some questions for Lviv Today.

Global Events – a leader in event management

Issue 106, November 2017.
The modern event management industry is a universe where contractors and clients live according to their own very specific rules. Each event is truly unique, like a piece of a construction kit where each detail can change everything. To learn about Ukraine’s current event management market, Lviv Today sat down with Global Events founder Denys Rynsky.

Lviv Was Always the Home of Polish Star Bogdanska

Issue 103, July 2017.
Renata Bogdanska-Anders may be a Polish diva and national icon, but did you know that this remarkable woman was actually Ukrainian? Her marriage to Poland’s legendary military and political leader General Wladyslaw Anders turned her into the First Lady of the postwar Polish anti-communist diaspora, but her birth 100 years ago (12-May-1917), formative years, and rise to stardom were all spent right here in Lviv.

Stefan Behnisch: “Good universities are built around a good idea”

Issue 103, July 2017.
Stefan Behnisch, together with his partners from the firm Behnisch Architekten, has designed dozens of buildings during his successful career. His most recent project, the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Centre at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine, will open September 10, 2017. In terms of design and concept, the Centre is a unique structure in Ukraine which has generated great excitement in advance of the grand opening and consecration of the new Centre. We met with architect Stefan Behnisch and spoke with him about the project, and the specific challenges he faced designing the Centre.

The New Musical Heights of Matthias Kendlinger

Issue 102, June 2017.
Nearly 100 musicians in the orchestra, about the same amount of concerts every year on Europe’s top stages, over 40 studio recordings, and thousands of fans eagerly awaiting their next live concert – that’s how best to describe the K&K Philharmoniker orchestra, founded in Lviv in 2002 by Austrian Matthias Georg Kendlinger. In addition to creating his own symphony orchestra, this Tyrolean native is its conductor and composer. With the stated goal of becoming one of Europe’s top orchestras, the K&K Philharmoniker touring schedule is planned nearly two years in advance. Tickets often sell out even when the group has two concerts on the same day, so it looks like the orchestra has nearly reached their goal! Lviv Today met up with Mr. Kendlinger to learn more about the man, his orchestra, and a new musical festival coming to Lviv very soon.

Lviv’s best conference hub

Issue 101, May 2017.
Lviv is known for its hospitality – not just for unforgettable ancient-city atmosphere highlighted with the sweet aromas of coffee and chocolate, but also for its high-quality conference services. You can find that level of quality and professionalism at Ramada Lviv, now celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Lviv’s Outstanding Artistic Phenomenon – Yaroslav Bryn

Issue 99, March 2017.
Yaroslav Bryn began his art education at Lviv’s Ivan Trush Art College before studying in the Department of Monumental Painting at Lviv’s Art Academy. The talented young artist then took the opportunity to work on stained glass panel layouts at a Spanish company before moving to Lviv’s S. Krushelnitska Opera & Ballet Theatre in 2004 as the artistic director for scenery design of the ‘Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs’ ballet.

The Hardkiss Lands in Lviv

Issue 95, November 2016.
Lviv’s Ukraine Sports Palace is proud to present Ukrainian rockers The Hardkiss live in concert on December 9th. Founded in 2011 and fronted by Yulia Sanina and Valeriy Bebko, the popular group mixes rock, pop, and electronic music into a style the group labels as ‘progressive pop’. The Hardkiss is known as one of Ukraine’s top acts, having won 5 national Yuna Awards (including for Best Album, Best Song, and Best Video), for being nominated for Best Ukrainian Artist at the 2012 MTV Europe Awards, and for finishing as runner-up to Eurovision champion Jamala at last year’s national Eurovision song contest with their hit ‘Helpless’. More than that, Sanina was named one of the 30 Most Successful Ukrainians Under 30 by Ukrainian Forbes. In honour of their 5th anniversary, the group will travel Ukraine on the Perfection Tour to promote their newest singles. The Hardkiss has combined unmistakeable vocals and a unique look with top-quality live performances to become one of Ukraine’s top musical acts. Prior to her arrival in Lviv, frontwoman of the Hardkiss Yulia Sanina took time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for Lviv Today.