Oksana Lyniv
(c) Oleg Pavlyuchkiy

Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv, Music Director at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and who is also the founder and art director of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and the LivMozArt International Classical Music Festival, has won the Helena Vaz da Silva European Award for Raising Public Awareness of Cultural Heritage 2022. This high European recognition pays tribute to Oksana Lyniv’s exceptional art of communicating European culture and values through music to a wider public, in particular the younger generations, the press release says.

The Helena Vaz da Silva European Award, which this year celebrates its 10th edition, was established by the Centro Nacional de Cultura in cooperation with Europa Nostra and the Clube Português de Imprensa and with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Portugal, the Gulbenkian Foundation and Tourism of Portugal. The Award Ceremony will take place on 24 November at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.

The Jury of the Helena Vaz da Silva European Award emphasized: “We wish to pay tribute to the extraordinary combination of artistic excellence, precision and temperament of Oksana Lyniv’s conducting; the fascinating depth and width of her musical knowledge and understanding, as well as her profound approach to art, her meticulous study of works of Europe’s cultural heritage and her leading role in raising public awareness of Europe’s cultural values and diversity. Moreover, Oksana Lyniv is passionately committed to supporting young musicians and to promoting classical music in Ukraine and across Europe. In these dark times of war on our continent, we wish to emphasize the cohesive and healing power of music and heritage to promote peace and to build lasting bridges between the citizens and communities from Ukraine, Europe and the rest of the world.”

Oksana Lyniv’s international career started in 2004 when she won Third Prize at the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition in Germany. From 2008 to 2013, she worked at the Odessa National Opera and, from 2013 to 2017, she was musical assistant to the General Music Director Kirill Petrenko and conductor at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

Between 2017 and 2020 she was principal conductor of the Graz Opera and the Graz Philharmonic Orchestra (Austria).

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