Inauguration of the new Grieg Society in Ukraine

New Grieg Society in Ukraine
The inauguration of the new Ukrainian Edvard Grieg Society took place on May 4th and 5th 2016 in Zhytomyr. The opening concert was held in the beautifully refurbished Philharmonic hall, with introductory speeches from the Vice-principal of the Kosenko Music College, Anna Brodska; the Norwegian ambassador, Jon Elveland Fredriksen; and Beryl Foster, Vice-President of the International Grieg Society. Professsor Helmut Loos, leader of the Grieg Begegnungsstätte in Leipzig was also present, and greetings from Sylvia Eckes, President of the IGS, and other Grieg Societies were read out.Ukraine GS inauguration 2016 021
The concert opened with the Overture to Mykola Lysenko’s opera Taras Bulba, played by the college’s Folk Orchestra (from the class of Oleksandr Klymenko), conducted by Yevgen Shestakov. They then accompanied the first movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto, in which the excellent soloist was Mykola Sych, a first-year student at the college.

After the interval, the college’s Symphony Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Oleksandr Chemerys, performed the scenes from Grieg’s unfinished opera, Olav Trygvason. The soloists Yevgeniya Gintovt (mezzo), Tetiana Golovina (contralto) and Oleg Synytsia (bass-baritone) gave spirited performances, in particular Ms Golovina in the difficult part of the Sibyl.

The following day an International Research Conference was held in the concert hall of the Kosenko Music College, one of the oldest musical institutions in Ukraine. Papers were given by professors and postgraduate students from Germany, Great Britain and Poland, as well as from Ukraine. Topics ranged from overviews of Edvard Grieg and Leipzig, the place of Grieg’s vocal music and Olav Trygvason, to discussions of the music of Ukrainian composers and national styles.

The whole event was the idea of Liubov Syniak, a teacher at the Kosenko Music College and now President of the Ukrainian Grieg Society, supported by the Principal and staff, whose enthusiasm and hard work was rewarded by the success of the occasion. In the words of the Norwegian ambassador, “this is not just for Grieg, but also for Ukraine”.

We wish the new society all success and look forward to further collaboration.

Opening of the Edvard Grieg Society in Ukraine

The Opening of the Edvard Grieg Society in Ukraine
takes place on May 4-5, 2016 in Zhytomyr, Ukraine
Program for the opening
Wednesday May 4:
Philharmonic Hall – Grand Opening
17.00 – the Unfinished opera Olaf Tryggvason’s Ukrainian Opening night;
– Concert of students and professors of the Zhytomyr Music College
19.00 – Festive dinner
Thursday May 5:
The Zhytomyr Music College – Musicological conference “Norway-Ukraine: the dialogue of the cultures” – a presentation of current research of the Grieg’s and Ukrainian composers’ music
9.00: Registration
9.30: The first meeting
11.50: Coffee break
12.10: The second meeting. Conclusions. Closing of the conference.
14.10-15.00: Lunch
The cultural program:
15.30: Concert of Ukrainian music (Hall of the Space Museum)
16.30: Visit to the Sviatoslav Richter’s Memory Rooms,
the Museum of Borys Liatoshynsky

Call for Papers, International Research Conference in Ukraine

arranges an International research conference in Zhytomyr, Ukraine
May 5, 2016
Theme: Norway-Ukraine: the dialogue of the cultures
Papers should include any aspects of the creative personality of
Edvard Grieg or different characteristics of the Ukrainian composers’
Music. Subjects for papers may be related to research, methodology and analysis, but also other studies and projects relevant to the overall themes.
The time limit for the presentations is 15 minutes.
The conference languages will be Ukrainian, Russian and English.
Proposals for presentations should be in the form of one-three pages
summaries of the content to be presented.

The proposals should include the name, contact information and institutional affiliation of the author. The proposals must be submitted for translation to the conference by April 15th 2016 to the address:

Grieg Days in Bratislava November 2015

The Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Bratislava in cooperation with the International Edvard Grieg Society (IGS) organized very successful GRIEG DAYS on November 11, 12 and 18, 2015. The program included masterclasses with the singer Beryl Foster, the pianist Einar Røttingen and the violinist Ricardo Odriozola, a concert by the lecturers, a musicological seminar with Professor Patrick Dinslage, the pianist Heide Görtz, the researchers Wojciech Stępień and Mária Eckhardt, as well as a concert by students from the Academy.

In 2016, a rich illustrated anthology with the lecturers’ papers and photos from the event will be published. It will be in Slovakia the first comprehensive collection of texts about Edvard Grieg.

For more information, visit

The project was supported by EEA and Norway Grants and The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bratislava.
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News January 2016

The EDVARD GRIEG SOCIETY OF NEW YORK, will present a Grieg concert on January 16, 2016, at the Liederkrantz Club in New York with cellist and Juilliard faculty member, Darrett Adkins, performing the Grieg Cello Sonata with celebrated pianist, Ann Schein. They will be joined by Earl Carlyss of The Juilliard Quartet, (ret.) in Grieg’s Trio.   For information, please visit:

The launching of a new GRIEG SOCIETY OF THE DAKOTAS will take place at Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota on February 18, 2016. A voice concert of Grieg songs and piano works featuring Marla Fogderud and Darci Bultema and pianist Keith Teepen will serve as a kickstarter event for the new Grieg Society of the Dakotas.

Soprano and noted expert on Scandinavian art song, Anna Hersey, will perform with Matti Hirvonen, Swedish pianist and professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, in programs that include Grieg’s Haugtussa and other Scandinavian composers. Hirvonen will present master classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music on February 11, 2016, and join Anna Hersey in concerts in Portales, New Mexico and Tacoma, Washington. Hersey’s article, “Beyond Grieg: Norwegian Art Songs” was just released in the National Association of Teachers journal, Nov/Dec. issue. Her book, Scandinavian Art Song: A Guide to Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish Diction and Repertoire is forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield. More information on

THE UKRAINIAN GRIEG SOCIETY is planning its official opening in May 2016. The society will be based at the Music College in Zhytomyr, Ukraine. Liubov Syniak, who is organizing the society and events during the week before the opening, is organizing concerts and competitions between pupils of music schools and students of the Music College. For more information, please contact: