The effective implementation of this international music project opens up unparalleled opportunities for decent representation and presentation of the enormous cultural potential of our country. The main participants are young people, the ones that will shape our country tomorrow. Our young performers, the future artistic elite of Ukraine, will display their remarkable skills in the most prestigious concert venues, which will be a good start for their further professional development and will glorify Ukraine.

Yevhen Nyshchuk, Minister of Culture of Ukraine.

The National Youth Orchestra of Germany, as the national youth orchestra of the Federal Republic of Germany, unites young people from all over Germany, ages 14-19. We share the values of openness, tolerance and dialogue between cultures. The projects we have had, for example, in China, South America, Tunisia and Mexico showed us how important it is for young people who share the same love for music to build cultural bridges. The joint orchestra, with young Ukrainian musicians included, will be a source of inspiration for both countries. We are convinced that it will also help bring the two nations closer.

Sönke Lentz, Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Germany.

The Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is a unique project that unites the most talented young musicians, aged 12-22, from different parts of Ukraine. The idea to establish a youth orchestra was initiated by Oksana Lyniv. The members of the orchestra have the unique chance to work in close cooperation with young European musicians such as the National Youth Orchestra of Germany. Together, they will demonstrate their skills on stage while performing on numerous tours throughout Ukraine and Europe.

With the creation of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, we wanted to create a community where young musicians could gain new experience, both professional and personal. After all, the ensemble will focus on cooperation with youth orchestras from Europe and the rest of the world, - said Oksana Lyniv, the initiator of the project. ‘An orchestra is a kind of thing where the overall result depends on everyone.

IIn early 2016, three German partner institutions (Beethovenfest Bonn, Bundesjugendorchester and Deutsche Welle) reached out to Oksana Lyniv to invite her as conductor for their annual “Campus Project” that brings together young musicians from Germany and abroad. While discussing the program and participants, Oksana Lyniv suggested the idea of creating the Ukrainian Youth Orchestra, following the example of the Youth Orchestra of Germany. All the parties where in favor of this idea and developed a plan to help create a unique Ukrainian Youth Orchestra that would bring together the best young musicians from both countries.

The creation of the YsOU was supported by the Federal Republic of Germany, Goethe-Institut, Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, Beethovenfest Bonn and the German Music Council in partnership with the LvivMozArt Festival, Media Partner - Deutsche Welle.

On 11-12 December 2016, young musicians from all over Ukraine got the chance to attend audition in front of the joint Ukrainian-German jury. 166 applications from regular and specialized music schools, colleges and academies were submitted. Thirty musicians were selected to be part of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.

The first concert of a newly-founded Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine together with the National Youth Orchestra of Germany was held on 25 August, 2017 at the grand closing ceremony of the LvivMozArt festival. A day later, on 26 August, the National Philharmonic of Ukraine in Kyiv hosted the performance of the two orchestras.

On 15-16 September 2017, the two orchestras had joint performances in Germany in Bonn at Beethovenfest Bonn and in Berlin.

The orchestras presented a program with pieces by Franz Xaver Mozart and pieces by national composers of Ukraine and Germany, such as Borys Lyatoshynskyi and Ludwig van Beethoven. For the performances in Germany, Bohdan Sehin, a Lviv composer, had fulfiled the order of Deutsche Welle (the media partner of the project) and composed “Galician Fantasy” for seven accordions and orchestra.

On 9-10 December 2017, young musicians from regular and specialized music schools, colleges and academies from all over Ukraine are invited to participate in the audition. Thirty musicians will be selected to join the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Young musicians will display their remarkable skills in the most prestigious concert venues and have a chance to represent Ukraine at international events.

Two festivals that carry the names of two great composers, Mozart and Beethoven, are planning a joint project: to create the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. It is a promising event of a high artistic level. We are happy that Ukrainian musical traditions will become a part of our festival this year. This will enable a creative exchange between young people of the two countries, an exchange reaching far beyond just music.