National  Philharmonic in Kiev

Wooden columns covered with horsehair and faux marble veneer – allegedly, the legendarily good acoustics of the hall of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine is due to this mixture.

From 1917 the building served as the Proletarian House of Arts and since 1923 it has given place for the National Philharmonic of Ukraine as well. Concerts were held here even during the German occupation; German officers have installed a small backstage entertainment corner for themselves and their lady guests. Balázs Fülei will give a solo recital on March 29th between these walls that have seen so much with the works of Liszt, Chopin, Janáček, Cikker, Kodály and Bartók on the programme and, on the previous day, will held a chamber music masterclass at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine.

Cover photo: National Philharmonic in Kiev

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