Ukrainians form new orchestra in Germany

Ukrainians form new orchestra in Germany


norman lebrecht

May 10, 2022

Not many orchestras get to give their very first performance at Berlin’s famed Philharmonie.

A new orchestra called Mriya, the Ukrainian word for dream, will do so tomorrow.

There are 30 musicians so far and the conductor is Margaryta Grynyvetska, formerly of Odesa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. She says: ‘I did not imagine that our first meeting would take place on a big stage like the Berliner Philharmonie,’ she told DW.


  • John Borstlap says:

    Great story with symbolic value.

    And: with such eyes, the fortes are bound to be particularly incisive.

    • Achim Mentzel says:

      Yes, and as we all know from the past, symbolic gestures have always stopped dictators doing dictator things. So let‘s found some more orchestras and play more Ukrainian composers, it will stop Putin for sure.

  • Russell Platt says:

    Remember the Philharmonia Hungarica? Similar situation.They did great work.