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Kremenets chamber orchestra

String quartet ‘ESPERANTO’ – O.Gonobilin, Paul Traupkus, Peter Martin




Время и место

Alina Dzheruk, Oleksandra Basarab – M.Paganini, Z.Colodub

Oleksandrav Vorobey and Yana Gordelianova – M.Ravel, R.Schuman, M.Lastovetskyi

Anna Ivaniushenko, Natalia Pavliv, Andryi Kushnir – ‘Barocco Highlights’

Vitaliy Bobrovskyi – L.Beethoven, M.Verykivskyi, F.Chopin

Arsenii Stavytskyi, Natalya Zhytnytska, Lalita Melenchuk  – L.Beethoven String trio G-dur, op.9, №1,  G.Ligeti Sonata for Solo Cello


Oleksandr Bozhyk is a composer and virtuoso violin player, the phenomenon of modern musical world. He masterfully combines exceptional performance and spectacular show, plays equally great classical music, rock, pop, ethno-music. From the age of ten years he participated in competitions and festivals in Ukraine, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland. He also performed in Lviv Philharmonic – solo and with orchestra. 

Oleksandr is a superfinalist of TV-show “Ukraine has got talent”, a record-holder of the “Records Book” of Ukraine, who played four violins simultaneously, finalist of the “Glory Minute” show, a laureate of All-Ukrainian and international competitions. He is well-known outside Ukraine as a competitor of “Britain’s Got Talent” show. After his magnificent performance on “Mam talent!” show (Poland) he was called “Jimmy Hendrix among violinists”.

The instrumental project BOZHYK DUO was created by musicians couple Alexander and Julia Bozhyk. The virtuosos’ repertoire includes many covers of foreign and Ukrainian hits in their arrangement, soundtracks to movies and original music. They post new ones on their YouTube channel, recorded both in concert halls and just in the open-air. The genre has also no thematic framework, musicians create covers for absolutely everything they like – it can be music by Scryabin and Tina Karol, as well as AC/DC and RAMMSTEIN.


Born in Kremenets, Anna is a graduate of  Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Academy of Music (class of Assoc. Prof. O. Kacheva) and assistantship-internship at LNMA (class of Professor M. Krushelnytska).

Laureate of the II prize of the All-Ukrainian competition of pianists named after G. Neuhaus (Kropyvnytskyi) and the 1st prize of the International Competition for Harpsichord named after V.Landovska (Bari, Italy).

The main area of ​​creative preferences is ancient music. She is a regular participant in the Festival of Ancient Music in Lviv.

She teaches the History of Piano and Special Piano at the Lviv National Academy of Music. Since 2014 she has been conducting the Baroque Chapel Orchestra and the author’s course basso continuo, and since 2019 she has been teaching the harpsichord elective at the LNMA.

 She has performed as a pianist and harpsichordist in Ukraine, Poland, Switzerland and Japan.


DZ’OB is an electroacoustic band founded in Dnipro in 2014 combines classical music with contemporary electronic. DZ’OB synthesizes classics, IDM, techno, dubstep, coming up with unique, eclectic sounds that blur the time and traditions lines. 

The band consists of 5 instruments: oboe, bassoon, violin, cello and electronics. Ensemble started with reimagining the tracks of the most eccentric electronic composers like Aphex Twin and Squarepusher and mixes them with Shostakovich and Haydn. Now the band’s repertory includes pieces composed by its members and collaborations with modern composers. DZ’OB’s recognizable sound, defined by the band as «electroacoustic IDM», is unique for the European scene. Their live shows are impressive: the drive and power of electronic music fortified with the accuracy of academic music.


Arsenii Stavytskyi was born in 2000 in Kyiv in a family of professional musicians, started playing cello at the age of 6 and since he was 13 became a winner of numerous cello competitions. 

In July 2013 Arsenii performed in the EU as part of the “Wonderful Youth Orchestra”. In 2016 Arsenii had solo performances in Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Frankfurt-on-Maine, Kaiserslautern, Weilrod-Hasselbach at the “Classic for Pease” II International festival.

Since 2013 to 2017 Arsenii studied composition with honored art worker of Ukraine Ludmila Shukaylo. In 2017 Arsenii entered Kharkov Kotlyarevsky the National University of the Arts.

In May 2020, Arseniy won the Grand Prix of the first international online competition “Odesa Music Olymp”. 

Arsenii took lessons from Kirill Rodin, Gary Hoffman, Aleksey Shadrin, Martti Rousi, Natalie Clein,  Attila Pasztor, Maria Bader-Kubizek and Eugene Lifschitz.

Arsenii is the winner of a special prize from the association “Art without Borders” (Basel).

Arsenii studied conducting with Roman Uschapovskyi andi conducted Prokofiev symphony with the symphony orchestra of Kharkov the SSMS.


Andriy Kushnir graduated from Krushelnytska Lviv Specialized Music School and Lysenko  Lviv National Music Academy. Participant in various festivals, including the Festival. G. Venyavsky (Szczawno-Zdroj), the Festival of Invented Music (Tarnow), the Festival of Early Music (Lviv), “Virtuosos” (Lviv), “Jadwigensis” (Krosno Odzhanske), projects “A puro tango” (Cairo), “Bach -marathon “(Lviv). He has toured with the orchestras “Leopolis”, “Junge Philharmonie”, “Virtuosos of Lviv” in Europe, Asia, North and South America. He participated in stage productions of G. Purcell’s operas “Dido and Aeneas”, G. Handel’s “Acis and Galatea” on copies of historical instruments.


Oleksandra Vorobey is an artist of the orchestra of the National Opera of Ukraine, a laureate of all-Ukrainе and international competitions. A graduate of Petro Tchaikovsky NMAU  (class of Acting Associate Professor T.G. Mukhina). Participated in international music projects as a member of an orchestra and quartet (I, Culture Orchestra, Orkester Norden). She played solo with chamber and symphony orchestras of Kyiv, Rivne, Mykolayiv. She was a participant of master classes of leading musicians in Europe.


Yana Gordelyanova – assistant trainee of Petro Tchaikovsky NMAU (class of professor O.V. Rydenko), winner of all-Ukraine and international competitions. She graduated from Vasyl Barvinsky DSMU (class of Kosynska E.G.). In her repertoire there are contemporary and Ukrainian composers, B. Lyatoshynsky, V. Barvinsky, M. Lastovetsky. She also played solo with symphony orchestras, the State pop symphony orchestra and “Kyiv Soloists” string orchestra.


Folk amateur chamber orchestra

In 1981 on the basis of M.Verykivsky Kremenets Music School a chamber orchestra was created under the direction of Kozachko Volodymyr. The ensemble performed pieces of foreign and Ukrainian classics. In 2003, the orchestra was gained the title of “chamber”, and the leader (at the same time a member of the band) became Raisa Dyachuk. Soloists Volodymyr Dzyuma, Natalia Polishchuk, an ensemble of Ukrainian songs work closely with the orchestra, promoting vocal classics and Ukrainian folk songs.

Today there are 15 members in the ensemble. His repertoire includes music of different eras and styles: from works of Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart to pieces by modern Ukrainian composers.

The team is a regular participant of the city and district events, as well as the annual report in Ternopil. They took part in the International Festival of Spiritual Song “Ave Maria” in Kremenets. They have also performed in the hall of the music school in Brody (Lviv region). 

During InStrum Fest 2020 they will play contemporary program.


Natalia Zhytnytska was born in Rivne region, she graduated from Kremenets School of Arts (teacher Natalia Shevchuk) and Ternopil Music School (teacher Iryna Vorobel).

In 2016 and 2017 she became a laureate of the First Prize of the All-Ukrainian competition Kharkiv Assemblies. Since 2017 she studied at Kharkiv National University of Arts (Professor Leonid Kholodenko). During her studies she took an active part in the concert life of the conservatory and the city of Kharkiv, played as a member of student symphony and chamber orchestras “Slobozhansky”, Chamber Orchestra “Nova Sinfonietta”. She took part in the Kharkiv music fest 2019, cultural and artistic events of the New Acropolis organization.

In 2019 she won grant to participate in the Erasmus+ International Program and during the 2019-2020 academic year she studied at the Conservatorio Superior de musica de Vigo, Spain (Professor Mario Peris). She played in the youth orchestra OSV430 in programs with soloists Rosanne Phillippens, Ruben Simeo, Maxim Rysanov. In May 2020 she became the winner of the first prize of the International online festival-competition “Gems of Transcarpathia”. Participated in master classes with Mark Komonko, Stanislav Kucherenko, Rosanne Phillippens.


Lalita Melenchuk was born in Luhansk, where she started taking violin and piano classes at the age of 5.

In 2012, she won the Musical Talent Award at the Gifted Youth International Competition.

At the age of 14 she entered Kharkiv Secondary Special Music Boarding School, majoring in viola, in the class of teacher Emma Kupriyanenko.

In May 2017, she won the II Prize at the XIV International “Kharkiv Assemblies” and entered Kotliarevsky Kharkiv National University.

In 2018 she won the second prize in the first international competition – Tchaikovsky Festival in Trostyanets. Lalita took part in master classes of Y.Tkanov (Kyiv), A. Belov (Austria,Graz), M.Risanov (Great Britain), V. Mikitka (Germany).

Now she works at the department of chamber and instrumental ensemble.


Vitaliy Bobrovskiy graduated from Lysenko Lviv musical academy. Now works at Ternopil Krushelnytska College and Shevchenko Dram Theater. He is the author of musical projects: Music nights in theater foyer, Music salon of art song. Vitaliy participates in the recording project “Ukrainian Art Song Project” by Pavlo Gunko.




Natalia Pavliv is a young performer on the Ukrainian longitudinal flute, a graduate of the M.Lysenko Lviv Music Academy (class of B.Korchynska), winner of All-Ukrainian competitions. In her creative activity she successfully combines solo and ensemble performance, in particular as a constant member of the bagpipe consortium “Dudalis”, as well as in various chamber and orchestral ensembles (Open Opera Baroque Orchestra, Kyiv, others). In addition to concert activities, she continues the pedagogical tradition of the Lviv school of professional performance on the longitudinal flute (bagpipes), educating young bagpipers, including many winners of city and regional competitions. Founder and leader of the children’s quintet of bagpipers, as well as the first Ukrainian researcher of the role of longitudinal flutes in the work of Bach.



“Esperanto” Quartet will perform pieces by O.Honobolin, P.Traupkus, and P.Martin.

This performance with the following line-up: Victoria Boguta (violin), Vitaliy Hrytsak (violin, piano), Khrystyna Makukh (violin) and Anastasia Dutka (violin) – will be a common debut for young performers, although separately they all have unique performing experience.

Victoria Boguta graduated from M. Verykivsky Kremenets Music School, S. Krushelnytska Ternopil Music College. She is a 3rd year student at the M. Lysenko Lviv Music Academy  in the class of Professor Pylatyuk.

She was a member of the string quartet “Infinito”, with which she toured several Ukrainian cities. Victoria plays in the chamber orchestra “Academy”, as part of which she participated in the International Forum “Beskids without Borders” (Poland).

She has repeatedly won regional competitions and contests in educational institutions, participated in tours to various countries, orchestral recordings with famous performers.

Khrystyna Makukh graduated from Zbarazh Music School, Ternopil Music College. She studies at the Lviv Academy of Music in the class of teacher M. Gavyuk. She is a laureate of regional and all-Ukrainian competitions (“Fine Ukraine”, Ternopil; “Kharkiv Assemblies”).

She was a member of the orchestra of the Lviv Organ Hall and the Lviv National Philharmonic, which she went on tour with to Germany in 2019. She played during master classes of Bogdana Pivnenko, Lidia Futorska, Nazar Kozhukhar.

Anastasia Dutka graduated from I.Geret Ternopil Regional School of Arts, Ternopil Music College. She is a 2nd year student of the Lviv Academy of Music in the class of Professor  Pilatyuk.She has repeatedly won various regional and national competitions in the solo category and as part of the violin duo “Vivo” (for example, in regional competitions in memory of Telenko brothers and “Creativity of Youth”, Ternopil; Regional competition of performers on strings, Kamyanets-Podilsky; Third Yevhen Stankovych Instrumental Competition, Kyiv, etc.). She was a member of the violin trio “Con fuoco” and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine under the direction of the famous conductor Oksana Lyniv, with whom she toured in Germany and recorded the National Anthem with Dzidzio.

Vitaliia Hrytsak graduated from Koropets Art School, Ternopil Music College. She studies at the P. Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in the class of D. Tkachenko. She is a laureate of regional (Ternopil) and all-Ukrainian competitions of performers on strings (Dnipro, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kharkiv, Kropyvnytskyi).

In 2018, as part of the project “60th anniversary of the Ternopil Music College” she played solo accompanied by the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Ternopil Regional Philharmonic. She participated in master classes of several leading Ukrainian performers. She has repeatedly performed in the orchestra of Ukrainian music TV shows. She recently toured in Spain with an orchestra (conductor – V. Vrublevsky). In 2019 she performed her own interpretation of the folk song in the studio “Breakfast with 1+1” live.

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Why Kremenets?

InStrum Fest Kremenets is dedicated to the Centenary of the great violinist and public activist, Isaac Stern, who was born in this town.

The golden disc of the sun rises from behind the mountains and rays of enchanting light fall on the ruins of an ancient fortress on the hill. Steep slopes, covered with silk grass, made it inaccessible in ancient times. The fortress has survived Mongol-Tatar raids, attacks and sieges. After that it became a stone castle which was donated by a bastard son of a king to his beautiful wife.

All of this sounds like a fairytale but these are real historical events.

Read more about Kremenets

In the north of Ternopil region, among  Kremenets mountains, there is a town – Kremenets. It is little-known and mysterious. 

The first known written mention of Kremenets is dated 1227. This town amazes not with its size, infrastructure or comfort, luxury or pomp, but with the halo of glory, history, rich culture, traditions, nature.  

The greatest city decoration is a mountain Zamkova (or Bona), towering in centre with the fortress on its top. According to one of the versions, this mountain is called “Bona” in honor of Bona Sforza (1536-1556), during whose reign the town has become one of the main economic centres of region.

In the first half of XVII century Kremenets was an important center of culture and religion in South Volyn. In 1648 kozaks ruined it completely. That was the first and the last fall of the fortress. Since that time it hasn’t been rebuilt. 

Standing on the edge of the mountain Zamkova, you feel amazingly well, you feel so much that you can’t even say a word. The only thing you can do is to stand there and look, look, look… Here it is: the town of power, of glory, of inspiration.

At the end of 18th century Kremenets has become a part of Russian Empire. It was the time when Kremenets thrived in opening Higher Volyn Gymnase with large library (over 50000 volumes) and one of the first botanical gardens. They called Kremenets “the Athenes of Volyn” at that time. Over the uprisal supported by the students and professors in 1834 the Lyceum was closed and its library, gallery, some of the professors were moved to Kyiv, where Taras Shevchenko University was opened. As well as botanic garden was moved and now it is known as Fomin botanic garden. 

This town was visited by Taras Shevchenko, Franz Liszt, Honoré de Balzac, Mary Shymanovska. 100 years ago a world-famous violinist Isaac Stern was born here.

In the beginning of XX century Mykhaïlo Kotsiubynskiy, Lesya Ukraïnka, Amvrosy Zhdakha, Andronik Lazarczuk lived here. 

The modern history of Kremenets is being created now, with every new artist, musician, writer visiting town. 

Welcome to Kremenets, come and touch the history, listen to the birds singing, smell the forbs covering mountains.


How to get?

Kremenets is located 418 km from Kyiv, 201 km from Ivano-Frankivsk, 239 km from Chernivtsi, 71 km from Ternopil, which is quite convenient for the tourists to get from all over Ukraine. The European highway E85 passes through the city.

We suggest to choose the convenient means of travel and plan your trip:

If you travel from Kyiv, Vinnytsia, Ivano-Frankivsk or Lviv, the train to Ternopil is a nice choice. It leaves the capital daily at 06:50 am (№715К), 2:48 pm (№357К), 6:30 pm (№081К) and 8:21 pm (№049К).  It departs back to Kyiv from Ternopil at 11:44 am (№74), 5:43 pm (№715 Intercity) and 11:43 pm (№358)

In case there are no tickets available for the train Kyiv-Ternopil, we suggest to get tickets to Rivne (Kyiv-Kovel train №097К departing from the capital daily at 11:08 pm, arriving to Rivne at 5:57 am; tickets) and it is only 88,4 km to go by bus. A lot of buses go from Rivne to Kremenets from 6:05 am till 5:55 pm (schedule and tickets). In the opposite direction – at 3:00 pm on tuesdays, thursdays and saturdays.(schedule). Telephone (bus station in Rivne):  0362 636 914.

You can also get from Kyiv to Kremenets by bus. They go daily from 5:10 am till 11.30 pm (schedule and tickets). Back to Kyiv: from 12.50 am till 11:30 pm (schedule and tickets).

The only way to get to Kremenets from Ternopil is by bus.

There are a lot of them daily: from 5:45 am till 10:05 pm. (schedule and tickets). 

The opposite direction: from 5:05 am till 5:40 pm (schedule and tickets).

Quite many regional and international busses pass Kremenets, so it is quite easy to get here from Lviv, Lutsk, Chernivtsi, Khmelnytskyi, Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr and other Ukrainian cities.

Lviv-Kremenets: 7:15 am, 7.55 am, 1:45 pm, 3:35 pm.

Lutsk-Kremenets: 10:15 am.

Khmelnytskyi-Kremenets: 6:30 am and 1:30 pm..

A lot of busses go to Kremenets from Chernivtsi, starting from 4:05 am till 5:45 pm (schedule and tickets). 

Ivano-Frankivsk – from 5:10 am till 4:15 pm (schedule and tickets). 

Bus station telephone (Kremenets): +38-03546-22244.


Where to stay?

In Kremenets you can most comfortable stay at the complex Panorama. This is a family resort located on the outskirts of Kremenets. The hotel has a summer playground, fitness center, sauna, billiard, bowling alley, art gallery, restaurants, banquet halls.

Booking systems offer other options in Kremenets and the nearest towns – Pochayiv, Dubno, Zbarazh and Brody. If you prefer to stay in a bigger city, the distance from Rivne and Ternopil is nearly the same.

What to do?

Kremenets is a city of exceptional historical value. It has experienced really different times from being a prosperous educational center to very tragic destructive events:

  • castle mountain Bona (ruins of the fortress of the XII century),
  • Jesuits collegium complex – heritage asset of Ukraine with outstanding history,
  • Juliusz Slowacki father’s house where the famous Polish poet used to live, now a museum.


  • Kozak cemetery with the tombs Ukrainian cossacks, who died who died in battles to liberate Kremenets from Polish rule (1648-51),
  • old Polish catholic cemetery from 1890,
  • Tunnytskiy Cemetery, where Juliusz Slowacki mother is buried,
  • Monastery Cemetery, where Willibard Besser is buried,
  • during the Second World War Jewish ghetto was here. Over 15000 Jewish people were killed here. Today the cemetery and the monument to the victims of nazi regime is here.

The city is surrounded by the hills and has really special natural landmarks:

  • national park “Kremenets mountains”,
  • Kremenets botanical garden from 1806 (its plants were sent to Kiev and started Fomin botanical garden),
  • silicic buildups – natural landmark at the foot of Divochi hills.

Kremenets is for the ones who enjoy active leisure and provides peculiar opportunities:

  • wooden sleigh trail 1000 meters (olympic sleight training base camp),
  • 3 working trampolines (olympic training base camp and competitions location for ski jumping and biathlon),
  • nordic walking, trekking and orienteering opportunities.


We do recommend to stay in Kremenets extra time to be able to visit the other important touristic spots in the area:

Pochaiv – 22 km

Dubno – 30 km

Zbarazh – 50 km

Brody – 60 km

Ostrog – 80 km

Pidgirtsi – 80 km


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