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As part of the Ukrainian Classical Musicians Support Fund by Kyiv Contemporary Music Days, we are launching Instrumental, a program helping purchase musical instruments for classical musicians who suffered from Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. 

The program provides individual financial support in the amount of up to 5,200 euros.


Analyzing the needs of the applicants of the Fund, which has been up since March 2022, we found that many musicians who were forced to relocate due to the war need help purchasing musical instruments to continue their professional activities.

Instruments are important not only for performers: they are also necessary for education and for writing music. The availability of certain instruments in Ukraine directly informs the ability of Ukrainian composers to create works for these instruments.

Therefore, the demand for musical instruments goes far beyond the personal needs of musicians — it is an infrastructural problem that Kyiv Contemporary Music Days aims to address with Instrumental.


Instrumental may cover all or part of the cost (but only if the applicant has the funds to cover the remainder) for:



Professionals in the field of classical music — performers, composers, musicologists, music teachers, sound engineers, etc. — can apply for Instrumental.

Applicants must meet the following formal criteria:

It is possible to apply both individually and as a representative of a collective (ensemble, orchestra, educational institution, etc.) and justify the purchase of a musical instrument based on the needs of such a collective. 


To apply for Instrumental, you must fill in an online application no later than 22 January 2024, 11:59 PM Kyiv time. Please note that you need a Google Account to submit the application. Applicants who pass the formal criteria will receive a response regarding the evaluation results in February 2024.

The applications will be evaluated by a specialized Board consisting of Ukrainian experts in the field of classical music. The selection criteria include the justification of the need for a specific instrument, active professional activity in the field of classical music, professional achievements, and the applicant’s potential for presenting Ukraine at the international level.  

The selection results will be announced at the beginning of March 2024.

Contact address for inquiries and suggestions: instrumental@kcmd.eu


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Nataliia Fomenko Performer on ancient keyboard instruments, harpsichordist, organist, continuo player, soloist of Kyiv National House of Music, Liatoshynskyi Capella: Early Music Ensemble, Kyiv Chamber Orchestra at the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, and Open Opera Ukraine. Nataliia Fomenko heads the harpsichord class of the Kyiv Lysenko State Music Lyceum and the Dnipro Academy of Music.


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Roman Fotuima Saxophonist, laureate of the Levko Revutskyi prize of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and international competitions. Professor at the Kyiv Lysenko State Music Lyceum and the National Music Academy of Ukraine. Artist of the Kyiv Saxophone Quartet of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine.


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Dmytro Pashynskyi Clarinetist, saxophonist, and professor, laureate of Ukrainian and international competitions. As a soloist and artist of the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra, Dmytro performs in Ukraine and abroad. He is also a member of Ukrainian ensembles performing 20th and 21st-century music — Sed Contra Ensemble, Ensemble Nostri Temporis, and Ukho Ensemble.


Photo by Tetiana Nikolaineko

Maksym Rymar Cellist from Kharkiv. A graduate of the National Music Academy of Ukraine, Maksym is currently the concertmaster of the cello group of the Solomiya Krushelnytska Lviv State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Over the years, Maksym has been a soloist, ensemble player, and member of many national and academic orchestral ensembles of Ukraine.


Yana Shliabanska Composer and sound artist. A graduate of the National Music Academy of Ukraine, Yana is the author of the chamber, orchestral music, interactive sound installations, music for theater and performances, and electroacoustic music. She participated in more than 30 projects that were presented in sixteen countries. More about Yana Shlyabanska here.


Photo by Elza Loginova

Nazarii Stets Double bass player, composer, and professor focused on contemporary music and the promotion of new Ukrainian music, especially the one written for double bass. Laureate of the Levko Revutskyi Prize of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine. His concert geography includes more than 20 countries with solo, chamber, and orchestral performances. Nazarii collaborated with Ulysses Ensemble, Salzburg Sinfonietta, Ensemble Nostri Temporis, Sed Contra, Ensemble KNM Berlin, New Era Orchestra, Ukho Ensemble, and many others.


Photo by Elza Loginova

Valeriia Vynohradova  Composer from Berdiansk (under Russian military occupation since 27 February 2022) who creates electronic acoustic music, musical performances, and audio installations. Valeriia is currently a student at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg majoring in Electronic Composition, where she studies under the supervision of Alexander Grebtschenko. Before that, she studied composition with Yurii Ishchenko and Alla Zagaykevych at the National Music Academy of Ukraine. Valeriia Vynohradova’s works were performed in Ukraine, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Croatia.


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Alla Zagaykevych  Composer, curator of electroacoustic projects; founder of the Studio of Electroacoustic Music at the National Music Academy of Ukraine (1997), founder and head of the Association of Electroacoustic Music of Ukraine. Curator of the international music projects Elektroakustyka and EM-VISIA. More about Alla Zagaykevych here.


Program Jury

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Antonii Baryshevskyi — Ukrainian pianist and professor. Winner of the First Prize in the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, “Premio Jaen”, and F. Busoni International Piano Competition. Guest professor at Davidsbündler Music Academy in The Hague and a regular member of the Landesakademie in Ochsenhausen (Germany).

Photo by Serhii Anishchenko

Mykhailo Chedryk — composer, Ph.D. student in music history at the National Music Academy of Ukraine (supervisor Anna Hadetska). Project coordinator at Kyiv Contemporary Music Days since 2017. Classical music program manager at the Ukrainian Institute from 2019 to 2023.

Photo by Serhii Anishchenko

Albert Saprykin — composer, co-founder and head of Kyiv Contemporary Music Days.

Photo by Elza Zherebchuk

Viktoriia Vitrenko — Ukrainian soprano, conductor, and artistic director. Alumna of the German Music Council's project for contemporary music “InSzene Vokal.” Winner of the Michiko Hirayama Prize by the Scelsi Foundation in Italy (2023). Co-founder and co-curator of the InterAKT initiative, an independent collective of interdisciplinary artists based in Stuttgart.

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Anna Yuferova — composer, Ph.D. in art history, associate professor, head of the department of humanities and musical innovation of the R.Glière Kyiv Municipal Academy of Music, consultant of the Digital & Cognitive Musicology Lab (DCML) at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.


Kateryna Alymova, Dmytro Babenko, Mykhailo Chedryk, Polina Horodyska, Vasyl Lutsyk, Tetiana Melnychenko, Albert Saprykin, Mariia Tytova, Daria Vdovina, Les Vynogradov