About Khreschatyk Academic Chamber Choir
Khreschatyk Academic Chamber Choir is a multi-genred, mixed, professional chamber choir that organically combines the most diverse areas of academic and popular music in the boundless space of its technical and repertoire range.
Each artist of the choir is a brightly gifted professional who has excellent vocal and choral skills and the technique of performing solo parts, forming a completely unique, original group.
All singers are extremely mobile in the preparation of new musical material, which allows them to consistently maintain an extremely high rate of release of new concert programs. It is no surprise that since its first performance on April 9, 1994, the Khreschatyk Choir has performed (as of December 31, 2020) – 5,316 new works, including 1,576 world premieres.
The creative credo of the Khreschatyk Academic Chamber Сhoir is the performance of works by contemporary composers, primarily Ukrainian ones. The choir has earned the respect and recognition of the most demanding listeners – authors of music and has chosen the right of a permanent participant of the most prestigious festivals of Ukraine: “Music Premieres of the Season” and “Kyiv Music Fest”. It was in the programs of these festivals, performed by the Khreschatyk Choir , that the works of Lesya Dychko, Eugene Stankovych, Myroslav Skoryk, Igor Shcherbakov, Oleksandr Yakovchuk, Mykhailo Shukh, Iryna Aleksiychuk, Mykhailo Shved, Hanna Rozhdestvenska, Yevhenia Marchykh and many others were performed for the first time ofUkrainian school of composition. Foreign composers are also happy to entrust the choir with the premiere performance of their works, these are: Marek Jasinski (Poland), Krzysztof Penderecki (Poland), Rauf Aliyev (Azerbaijan), Alvie Michael Schronen (Germany), Eva Lopschitz (Argentina).
Every year the choir presents 2-3 premieres of its own concert programs and dozens of premieres of new works, every month the organization of concerts takes place with the sale of tickets, which in it self is a great achievement for the choir. The choir actively collaborates with many domestic orchestras, conductors and performers.
We have chosen “choral theater” as one of the directions of our development and now we are tirelessly experimenting, honing its manner: from theatrical choral miniatures to our own choral musicals and modern opera performances.
We will decorate any holiday, organize an unforgettable anniversary greeting, hold a unique concert or vocal show, create a song to order, make an audio recording of musical compositions.
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Andriy VOINOV – General Director of the Academic Chamber Choir “Khreschatyk” (since May 2007).
Organizer of the modern renewal of the Khreschatyk Choir. Under his leadership, the management of the main activity of the choir was restructured, separately in the administrative, economic and artistic areas, a competition was held as a result of which the position of artistic director was taken by Pavlo STRUTS. Gradually, the difficult challenges of implementing investment activities related to the construction of its own concert hall with a choral art center are being implemented, and programs for technical equipment and the purchase of new stage clothes, shoes and props are being implemented.
In December 2009, with the active assistance of Andriy VOINOV, the Khreschatyk Choir was granted the status of “academic”.
Andriy Voinov is an ideologue of the development of the Khreschatyk Choir in the direction of creating its own programs of popular choral music. Realizing this goal, the choir develops its own repertoire, collaborates with many contemporary composers, and attracts young talented directors and even choreographers to create new concert programs.
Andriy Voinov is the author and consistent adherent of the concepts of “choral theater” and “multi-genre” of the “Khreschatyk” Choir, the ideological inspirer and author of most concert programs and presentation videos of the choir.
Andriy Voinov is a talented architect and, at the same time, a tireless builder of the modern media face of the Khreschatyk Choir. He proved to be a multifaceted specialist: a speechwriter, a photographer, a video content editor, a PR leader, and so on.
artistic director, conductor
Pavlo STRUTS – artistic director of the Khreschatyk Academic Chamber Choir (since 2007), conductor, Honored Artist of Ukraine (2009).
In 1995 he graduated from Kyiv Secondary Special Music School named after Lysenko. In 2000 he graduated from the National Music Academy of Ukraine named after Tchaikovsky . In 2003 he graduated from the Department of Choral Conducting at the National Music Academy of Ukraine. Since 2009 he has been working as a lecturer (since 2018 – Acting Associate Professor) of the Department of Choral Conducting at the National Music Academy of Ukraine.
Since 1995 in the Khreschatyk choir – on an amateur basis, and since 1999 – for professionals.
Under the direction of Pavel Struts, the Khreschatyk Choir has become a regular participant in national and international competitions: Kyiv Music Fest, Music Premieres of the Season, Easter Assemblies, many philharmonic concerts, joint programs with the best orchestras and soloists of Ukraine, and also many solemn and official events of the state and capital level, in particular ceremonies of laying flowers by the President of Ukraine to the monuments to Mykhailo Hrushevsky and Pylyp Orlyk, on Independence Day and the Constitution Day of Ukraine.
Introducing new forms of choral music performance and at the same time trying not to shock the “academically” oriented audience, the Khreschatyk choir entered the phase of active experiment and became a model of a mobile, highly professional, modern music group, open to search.
Pavel Struts’ exceptional ability to work, uncompromising professionalism, allow him to prepare the most complex programs of modern music in an incredibly short time, maintaining a rich concert schedule of the band.
Oksana DONDYK – vocalist and conductor, Honored Artist of Ukraine (2012), winner and diploma winner of national and international vocal competitions, including the IV International Competition of Opera Singers named Solomiya Krushelnytska ”(2009), International Competition“ Art of the XXI Century ” (2009).
In 1998 she graduated Gulak-Artemovsky Music School from Cherkasy State. In 2003 she graduated from Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, majoring in academic choir conductor and vocalist (soloist). In 2008 she graduated from the internship at the Petro Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music of Ukraine and received the qualification “Concert performer, teacher of higher educational institution of arts of the IV level of accreditation”.
Since 2000 he has been working in the Khreschatyk Choir. Over the years, she has come a long way from becoming an artist of the highest category (2000), a leading master of the stage (2003), choirmaster (2010). During her work in the choir she had a huge creative practice as a soloist and conductor-choirmaster, she performed on various prestigious stages of the capital of Ukraine and abroad (Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Spain).
From 2012 to 2020 she worked as a senior lecturer, and later as an associate professor at the Department of Academic Choral Arts of the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts.
Since 2021, as a result of the competition, she returned to work in the Khreschatyk Choir, working as a choirmaster.