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23 February 2024, 20:00


Orest Smovzh, violin

Space Meduza Bar
Skalitzer Str. 80, 10997 Berlin

Free entry


“This patchwork-like program cumulates extra-short solo violin works that are condensed into a surge performed in one go. It features something around 80 pieces and improvisations from 4 to 110 seconds long that resist elaboration, compress dramaturgy, or freeze in a brief moment. It’s a bit punk a bit crazy a bit contemplative a bit inebriated a bit nostalgic for unseen Berlin.”

— Orest Smovzh 


On 23 February 2024, at 20:00 Kyiv Contemporary Music Days presents a solo concert Condensed Music by Ukrainian violinist Orest Smovzh in Berlin. A one-off event introducing a program specially curated by Smovzh for this occasion will feature several dozen pieces of contemporary classical music by composers from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, the UK, Ukraine, and the USA.

Orest Smovzh plays Thomas Mellan's Invention No. 6: the worst death scene everfrom his Six Inventions for solo violin.


Peter Ablinger, Läjä Äijälä, Anna Arkushyna, Kalle Autio, Paul Ayres, Carlos González Bolaños, Philip Brownlee, John Cage, Mykhailo Chedryk, Oleksandr Chornyi, Didem Coşkunseven, Juan Ortiz de Zarate, Malcolm Dedman, Jason Eckgardt, Einar Torfi Einarsson, Ray Evanoff, James Gardner, Marta Haladzhun, Jarkko Hartikainen, Tristan Heinicke, Dick Higgins, Samuel Holloway, Colin Holter, Maksym Ivanov, Tom Johnson, Evan Johnson, Oleksandra Katsalap, Maxim Kolomiiets, Anton Koshelev, Boris Loginov, Paul Méfano, Jon Rose, Albert Saprykin, James Saunders, Meiko Shiomi, Yana Shliabanska, Orest Smovzh, Lauri Supponen, Jukka Tiensuu, Serhii Vilka, Nicholas Vines, Les Vynogradov, Christian Wolff, La Monte Young, Alisa Zaika, Ihor Zavhorodnii, John Zorn, Akim Zvarych, and a bit more.


Ukrainian-born violinist Orest Smovzh is taking the most interest in artistic collaborations, recital repertoire, creating unusual programs, and solo violin performances. In addition to performing, Orest is dedicated to organizing festivals, conceptualizing music projects, and historically informed practice.

Orest’s repertoire spans over 800 years. While actively commissioning and performing contemporary music across Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia, Orest has been relevant to a majority of important Ukrainian works for violin written since 2008.

He performed and worked with Midori, Ferenc Rados, Leon Fleisher, Fazıl Say, Masaaki Suzuki, Nigel North, and Stefano Gervasoni among others. Orest managed projects together with Kyiv Contemporary Music Days and Jauna Muzika Festival, as well as participating in outreach projects in Mexico, USA, Japan, and Italy. His recordings were broadcast by Medici, Danish Broadcast Corporation, Kol Ha Musica, WXQR, Lithuanian National Radio and Television, and The National Radio Company of Ukraine.


Daria Vdovina, Les Vynogradov, Albert Saprykin