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Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra
The Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra was founded at the beginning of the 19th century. One of the orchestra's first conductors was the Russian composer Konstantin Vilboa.
The early history of the orchestra, which then performed under a different name, includes concerts conducted by the composers Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Alexander Glazunov, Sergei Taneyev, Sergei.Rachmaninov, Anton Rubinstein, Alexander Scriabin and the legendary Serge Koussevitsky. They have also presented many of the great soloists of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Henryk Wieniawski, Pablo Sarasate, Leopold Auer, Feodor Chaliapin, Mario Battistini and Tita Ruffo.

The orchestra's debut as the Kharkov Philharmonic was in October 1929 under the direction of J. Rozenstein, a professor at the Kharkov Conservatory. In the next ten years, a number of renowned Soviet conductors worked with the orchestra, including Nikolai Malko, Alexander Klimov, Nicolai Golovanov, Alexander Gauk, Konstantin Ivanov, Konstantin Simeonov, Natan Rakhlin and Evgeny Mravinsky, as well as many outstanding European masters, including H. Adler, Ene. Sencaire, Paul Kletsky, Kurt Sanderling and Friedrich Stiedrie. During the 1930s, many of the great international soloists of the day performed with the orchestra, including Pablo Casals, Joseph Szigeti, Artur Rubinstein and then-young performers who later won worldwide recognition such as David Oistrakh, Jacob Flier, Lev Oborin, Jacob Zack and Emil Gilels.

The KPO quickly gained the reputation of being one of the best orchestras in the Ukraine and attracted many more world-class soloists in subsequent decades, including Sviatoslav Richter, Leonid Kogan, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daneel Shafran, Rudolf Kerer, Pavel Serebryakov, Dmitri. Bashkirov, Igor Bezrodny, Vladimir Kraynev, Oleg Krysa, Bogodar Kotorovich; conductors such as Kiril Kondrashin, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Evgeny Svetlanov, Stepan Turchak and Odisei Dimitriadi, and many other international performers.

The orchestra has premiered and presented many new works and has worked with the Russian composers Isaac Dunayevsky, Reinhold Gliere, Tikhon Khrennikov, Dmitri Kabalevsky, Rodion Schchedrin, Andrei Eshpai and Boris Chaikovsky, the Ukrainian composers Andrei Shtogarenko, Nicolai Skoryk, Lesya Dychko, Vladimir Silvestrov and, of course, composers from Kharkov - Vitaly Gubarenko, Valentin Bibik, Valery Zolotukhin, Nicolai Stetsun and Vladimir Ptushkin.

Conductors have been an invaluable resource to the orchestra across the years. Two especially bright periods have been the 1946 to 1957 tenure of Israel Gusman (1946 - 1957), when the house was full not only during concerts but also during rehearsals, and the years 1976 to 1983, when the KPO was headed by the prize-winner of The International Contest of Herbert von Karajan Foundation, Vakhtang Jordania. Maestro Jordania has since returned to the KPO as its Chief Conductor and Artistic Director and continues to lead a period of significant growth and international recognition of the orchestra. Under his direction, performances were given in Kiev, Moscow, and cities throughout Georgia and Armenia and the orchestra appeared regularly on radio and TV. Together with Maestro Jordania, the orchestra recorded its first CD - compositions by the American composer James Oliverio. They next recorded Felix Mendelssohn's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G-minor (soloist - Virginia Shao, Taiwan) and Nicolai Stetsun's Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra (soloist - Michael Long, USA). While on tour in France with conductor Michel Piquemal, they recorded W. A. Mozart's Great Mass in C-minor, with flutist Alan Daboncourt, and concertos by Franz Joseph Haydn, Stamitz and, Hoffmeister with the conductor Volf Gorelik.. They have also recorded Kabir Sings by American composer Janice Hamer. 

Maestro Jordania and the KPO have recorded a series of CDs of 20th Century Ukranian orchestral music for the American Angelok1 label that will be internationally released in early 2001.

The most exciting recent events in the life of the Kharkov Philharmonic have been their tours of France in 1997, their tour of Spain in 1999, and their tour of Germany in 2000, and participation in international festivals and contests. Since holding the Kharkivski Assamblei (Kharkov Assemblies) International Contest in 1991, the orchestra has performed several important programs of the great masters - Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, and concerts of musics by modern Ukrainian and international composers. Conductors at the Assemblies have included Vakhtang Jordania, Alexander Alekseyev, Vitalky Kutsenko, Igor Palkin, Urs Schneider (Switzerland) and Burghardt. Rempe (Germany). Soloists have included a number of Russian pianists - Aleksandr. Sevidov, Naum Shtarkman, Lev Shugom, Pavel Yegorov, the Austrian Peter Lang and Switzerland's Steven Manz , as well as the violinist Bogodar Kotorovich.. The Assemblies have also featured jubilee concerts of the music of Mikhail Skoryk, Vitaly Gubarenko and the Macedonian composer V. Nikolovsky.

The orchestra has works extensively with young musicians - both as co-participant in the final tours in Vladimir Kraynev and Bogodar Kotorovich, in honor of the Vladimir Horowitz International Contests, and as a presenter of talented young performers at its concerts. For many years the Young Musicians Play subscription series has been an important part of our season. Young players from Moscow and St.-Petersburg (including Victoria Mullova and Sergei Stadler) and Kharkov: (including Olena Kolesnichenko, Nana Mamayeva, Nana Kravchenko, Alexander Bidenko and Valery Sokolov) have made their debuts with the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra.

Concerts are given at the lovely and intimate Philharmonic Hall. Performances here are a very special experience, bringing the enthusiastic, overflow audiences into close contact with the performers and the music.

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Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition




The Kharkov Philharmonic Society of Kharkov, Ukraine, announces the first Vakhtang Jordania/New Millennium International Conducting Competition. To be held in September 2001 in the beautiful, historic city of Kharkov in the northeastern Ukraine, this competition will be open to conductors from around the world who wish to enhance their careers through international competition, expand their network of global contacts and have a wonderful experience working with the musicians of this superb orchestra.

These are the contestants selected from the international field of almost 60 applicants for the first Vakhtang Jordania/New Millennium International Conducting Competition.
James Allen Anderson American, Lives in Missoula, Montana Music Director/Conductor, Butte Symphony Orchestra, Butte, Montana and Director of Orchestral Activities at University of Montana in Missoula
Rodolfo Bonucci Italian, Lives in Rome, Italy - Conductor, Bilkent Symphony of Ankara, Turkey and Second Principal conductor and Principal Soloist of I Solisti Aquilani
Oscar Bustillo American, Lives outside of New York City Music Director, Pan American Sinfonica, Miami, Florida and Assistant Conductor, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Connecticut
Fernando Condon Uruguayan, Lives in Montevideo, Uruguay Assistant Director, Orquesta Sinfonica de Sodre and Member, Comision de Programacion del Nucleo Musica Nueva de Montevideo
Sandra Dackow American, Lives in New Jersey Music Director and Conductor, Ridgewood, New Jersey and Hershey, Pennsylvania Symphonies
Lance Friedel American, Lives in Baltimore, Maryland 18 years as Professional Symphonic Conductor and Founder, Providence Chamber Orchestra, Rhode Island
Gabriel Hwang Korean, Lives in Strongsville, Ohio Guest Conductor, Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra and San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra
Giorgi Jordania Georgian, Lives in Tbilisi, Georgia Conductor, Tbilisi State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet
Takao Kanayama Japanese, Lives in Arlington, Virginia Assistant Conductor, National Symphony, Washington, DC and Conductor, LEnsemble Nouveau
Jin-Hyung Kim Korean, Lives in Seoul, Republic of Korea Assistant Conductor, Seoul Arts Center Opera Festival and Lamont Opera Theater
Mycola Lysenko Ukranian, Lives in Kyiv, Ukraine Conductor, State Concert Orchestra of Ukraine and Saint Trinity Ionas Monastery Choir, Kyiv, Ukraine
Oksana Madarash Ukranian, Lives in Kyiv, Ukraine Conductor, National Choir of Ukraine and Assistant Conductor, National Academy of Ukraine
Maria Makraki Greek, Lives in Berlin, Germany Conductor, Academy of the Bergische Symphony Orchestra, Remscheid-Sollingen, Germany and recordings with the Radio Symphony of Athens, Greece
Mark Allen McCoy American, Lives in Baltimore, Maryland Music Director/ Conductor, Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Leesburg, Virginia and Orchestra Director, Towson University, Maryland
Rebecca Miller American, Lives in London, England Conductor and Music Director, The New Professionals and Sine Nomine Singers, London
Michael Mishra British, Living in Edwardsville, Illinois Associate Professor, Director of Orchestra Activities, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois
Viktor Ploskina Ukranian, Lives in Kyiv, Ukraine Principal Conductor of Serbian National Opera Theater, Novy-Sad, Serbia
Myron Romanul American, Lives in Stuttgart, Germany Music Director/Conductor, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Fairbanks, Alaska and Guest Conductor, Aalto Musiktheater, Essen, Germany
Ho Chung Yeh Taiwanese, Lives in Chicago, Illinois Principal Conductor, Sochi Symphony Orchestra, Russia and The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, Illnois
Ignacio Yepes Spanish, Lives in Madrid, Spain Permanent Conductor of the Orquesta Clasica de Madrid and the International Orchestra of the European Centre of Music and Nature, Spain
Our 2001 international jury:
Marcello Abbado Milan, Italy Pianist, composer, former Director of the Milan Conservatory and founder of the Symphonic Orchestra Verdi in Milan, Juror in international competitions, including Van Cliburn, Tchaikovsky, Leeds and Ibla
Vakhtang Jordania Fairfax, Virginia - Chief Conductor/Artistic, Director, Russian Federal Orchestra, Moscow, and Chief Conductor/Artistic Director, Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Director, Angelok1 Records
Eugene Sarbu Bucharest, Romania Violinist, First Prize in Paganini Competition, Italy and Flesch Competition, London, Master classes in the U.S. and Europe, has own Foundation at Bucharest Academy of Music
Nikolay Stetsun Kharkov, Ukraine Composer in Residence and Music Director of the Kharkov Philharmonic Society, Honored Art Worker of Ukraine
Jonathan Sternberg Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Renowned conductor and leader of conducting workshops throughout Europe, former Professor of Conducting at Eastman School and Professor Emeritus at Temple University in Philadelphia
David Winkler New York, New York Executive Director, Chamber Players International and widely renowned Composer of works premiered by National Symphony in Washington DC, Aspen Festival Orchestra and many others
Linda Worsley Mountain View, California - American Composer, Record Producer and Founder/Principal Artist, Ganymede Productions, Sundance for Orchestra one of two competition selected contemporary compositions
Judith Lang Zaimont (Not Part of Competition Jury) Edina, Minnesota American Composer, Professor of Music, University of Minnesota, Elegy for Strings one of two competition selected contemporary compositions

The first Jordania International Conducting Competition is scheduled to take place between Sunday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 18, 2001. Contestants will be screened in a process that will begin with submission of a curriculum vitae, repertoire list and a performance videotape (in NTSC format) along with a non-refundable processing fee of $50. Deadline for receipt of these materials is July 1, 2001.

Entries will be screened by an international panel of judges. 24 people will be selected to compete in the first round.


Round 1 - The 24 contestants, 12 on each of two successive days, will be allowed
20 minutes to prepare and present a selection from the following enclosed list of required pieces:

Beethoven - Symphony No. 4
Mozart - Symphony No. 40

Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4
Brahms - Symphony No. 4

12 contestants will be selected to move on to the next round.


Round 2 - The 12 contestants, 6 on each of two successive days, will be allowed
45 minutes to prepare and present a selection from the following enclosed list of required pieces:

R. Strauss - Don Juan
Ravel - Daphnis et Chloe
Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra
Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5

6 contestants will be selected to move on to the next round.


Round 3 - The 6 contestants, 3 on each of two successive days, will be allowed
90 minutes to prepare and present a selection from the following enclosed list of required pieces:

Rossini - La Gazza Ladra or Barber of Seville
Weber - Oberon Overture or Der Freischutz Overture
Stravinsky - Firebird Suite
Contemporary composition to be announced

3 contestants will be selected to move on to the final round.

Round 4 - Final Concert Round - The 3 finalists will rehearse and conduct the Kharkov Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in concert at Philharmonic Hall. The jury will decide which pieces are to be performed at the final concert. Prizes will be announced immediately after the concert

The final concert will be videotaped and DAT recorded. Copies of these recordings will be presented to the 3 finalists.

The day after the final concert will feature a special day tour of the area for contestants and jury, culminating in a gala banquet and prize award ceremony that evening.

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Full concert with the Kharkov Philharmonic orchestra in the 2002-2003 season Live concert DAT and video recording of the concert.

Full concert with the Kharkov Philharmonic orchestra in the 2002-2003 season Live concert DAT and video recording of the concert.

Full concert with the Kharkov Philharmonic orchestra in the 2002-2003 season Live concert DAT and video recording of the concert.

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