Photo: Alexandr Shamov
"INSO-Lviv" Symphony Orchestra
“ІNSO-Lviv” (International Symphony Orchestra Lviv) was founded in 1998.
A very important part of the orchestra’s activity is the collaboration with the world-renowned musicians and conductors. The orchestra concert programs have featured such outstanding soloists as Francois Leleux, Lisa Batiashvili, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Alexander Zemtsov, Sergey Nakariakov, Otto Sauter, Valeriy Sokolov, Vadim Neselovskyi, Simon Trpčeski, Ilya Grubert, Alan Bern, Lorin Sklamberg, Andriy Bielov, Leopold Kozlowski, Claude Delangle, Alessandro Safina, Maria Prinz, Philippe Pierlot and many others. INSO-Lviv has successfully collaborated with outstanding guest conductors, including Georg Kugi, Sir Dirk Brossé, Krzysztof Penderecki, Oksana Lyniv, Raymond Janssen, Simon Camartin, Reinhard Seehafer, Fahraddin Kerimov, Steven Decraene, Anna Skryleva, Nicolás Pasquet, Dalia Stasevska, Christian Schumann, Yaroslav Shemet and others.
Annually “INSO-Lviv” sets on concert tours in Europe. Its tour geography has also expanded as far as Colombia and China. It regularly takes part in numerous international festivals both home and abroad.
Orchestra CDs have Radio Swiss Classic awards. In June 2017, Paramax Films, a French production company, recorded a film with INSO-Lviv performance at the International Alfa Jazz Fest featuring the world-renowned Avishai Cohen Trio. The film is broadcast by Mezzo Classic-Jazz TV. In 2018 the orchestra performed on the main stage of Leopolis Jazz Fest featuring the outstanding bassist of the world fame Lars Danielsson and his Liberetto III Group.
In 2017 the orchestra established a fruitful collaboration with the British recording company Toccata Classics. In autumn 2018, the “Skoryk: Paganini by Arrangement”CD saw its release featuring the 24 Caprices by Niccolò Paganini in arrangement for the big symphony orchestra by Myroslav Skoryk, dedicated to the 80th anniversary of Maestro Skoryk. There was also made a recording of the world premieres of the two pieces by the Hungarian-Jewish composer Pál Hermann.
“INSO-Lviv” is a bearer and promoter of the idea of peace, in its projects the orchestra fulfils the key mission of cultural diplomacy due to the uniting power of music. In March 2014, “INSO-Lviv” initiated and carried out the all-Ukrainian cultural project «Shared Sky» when seven leading orchestras of Ukraine simultaneously performed Beethoven’s «Ode to Joy» at the major airports of Ukraine (Kyiv, Odesa, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv) emphasizing the unity of Ukraine and marking the Ukraine-EU Political Association Agreement signature. In 2015, “INSO-Lviv” organized a wide-scale international music event «BACH Marathon – Ready. Steady. BACH!» participated by more than 600 musicians from different countries having set the record for the longest live performance of Bach music in Ukraine. Annually the orchestra fulfils music projects under the motto “Classic for Peace”, one thereof took part in Kyiv on November 15, 2015, and was highly acclaimed, featuring Sir Dirk Brossé as a conductor, the world-renowned composer, principal conductor of the Star Wars in Concert World Tour. On a yearly basis the orchestra presents concerts from series “Symphonic Pearls of Vienna”, “Music of the Danube Region”, “INSO-Lviv Orchestral Academy” in collaboration with an Austrian conductor Georg Kugi.
Recognition of “INSO-Lviv” high professional level is proved by the fact it was invited to serve as an orchestra-in-residence at international festivals, namely, “LvivMozArt” International Classical Music Festival (Ukraine), the 24th Johannes Brahms International Competition in Poertschach (Austria). In 2017 and 2018, the orchestra went on successful concert tours in the Netherlands (concert venues including Concertgebouw Amsterdam and De Doelen Rotterdam among others) under direction of a Dutch conductor Raymond Janssen, founder and director of Cadenza European Art Productions.
The orchestra implements active volunteer and educational activity.
“INSO-Lviv” is a bright palette of emotions which the musicians share generously with the audience while implementing its artistic and educational mission, as well as the one of cultural diplomacy.
The orchestra Artistic Director is the People's Artist of Ukraine, laureate of Taras Shevchenko National Prize, Academician of Ukrainian Academy of Arts, Professor, Candidate of Art History, the Hero of Ukraine – Myroslav Skoryk.
Since 2007 the orchestra’s Chair of the Board, creative advisor and initiator of many projects and programs has been Iolanta Pryshlyak.
“… an orchestra with young, motivated and curious musicians” – Lisa Batiashvili
“Their enthusiasm, commitment and professional attitude impressed me a lot” - Sir Dirk Brossé
“… INSO-Lviv is something special - it combines with very professional ethics an open youthful soul!” – Alexander Zemtsov
In 2018, the orchestra is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Its repertoire is rich and versatile, ranging from classical music to jazz. “INSO-Lviv” is a regular participant of international festivals both in Ukraine and abroad, including “Virtuosos”, “Contrasts”, “Leopolis Jazz Fest”, “LvivMozArt”. In 2017 the orchestra had successfully performed at the 24th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, at “Rethinking Europe: Ukraine” Festival in Sweden, in the Netherlands with the “Carmina Burana” international concert tour that united the Netherlands, Romania, and Ukraine.
In January – February 2018, the orchestra performance featuring Avishai Cohen Trio was broadcast by MEZZO Classic-Jazz TV. Earlier this year “INSO-Lviv” made a recording of music of its Artistic Director, Maestro Myroslav Skoryk; the CD to be released by the British label Toccata Classics for the Maestro’s 80th Anniversary.
The orchestra mission – cultural diplomacy.