Theatre Management


People’s Artist of Ukraine,
People’s Artist of Russia

Volodymyr Kozhukhar graduated from Kyiv State Conservatory named after P. Tchaikovsky (M. Kanerstein course) and finished post-graduate course in Moscow Conservatory (course by the People’s Artist of the USSR H. Rozhdestvensky).
In 1964 he began working as a conductor and later became the chief conductor of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. World-class artists performed with the Orchestra conducted by Volodymyr Kozhukhar – D. Oystrach, L. Oborin, Y. Flyer, G. Kremer, S. Richter, S. Neuhaus, M. Rostropovych, O. Krysa, B. Kotorovych to name a few. He also worked as a conductor in the Kyiv Opera and Ballet Theatre from 1973 to 1977. For more than 10 years he headed the Moscow Academic Music Theatre named after Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko. From 1989 to 2011 he was the Chief Conductor of the Shevchenko National Opera and now he continues his work as a regular conductor.
He took part in the staging of operas “Taras Bulba” by M. Lysenko, “The Golden Ring” by B. Liatoshinsky, “Mazepa”, “The Queen of Spades” and “Iolanta” by P. Tchaikovsky, “Aleko” by S. Rachmaninoff, “Aida”, “Nabucco”, “Macbeth”, “A Masked Ball” by G. Verdi, “Turandot” by G. Puccini, “Lohengrin” by R. Wagner, “La Gioconda” by G. Ponchielli, “The Elixir of Love” by G. Donizetti, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Faust” by C. Gounod, “Carmen” by G. Bizet, “Cinderella” by G. Rossini, “Love for Three Oranges” by S. Prokofiev, “Kateryna Izmaylova” by D. Shostakovich, and ballets “The Sleeping Beauty”, “The Swan Lake” by P. Tchaikovsky, “Suite en blanc” by E. Lalo, “The Fairy Kiss”, “Petrushka”, “The Rite of Spring” by I. Stravinsky, “A Fantastic Symphony” by H. Berlioz, “Vikings” by Y. Stankovych, “Scheherazade” by N. Rimsky-Korsakov, “Pictures at an Exhibition” by M. Mussorgsky and others. Volodymyr Kozhukhar has also worked a lot with symphonic, chamber and instrumental music. He compiled concert programs consisting of Tchaikovsky works (Symphonies № 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, Concerto for a Violin with Orchestra № 1, 1812 Grand Overture), D. Shostakovich (Symphony № 1, Concerto for Violin with Orchestra № 1, vocal and symphony poem “Stepan Razin’s Execution”), S. Rachmaninoff (“Bells”), S. Prokofiev (“Alexandr Nevsky”) and many more.
The National Opera of Ukraine conducted by Volodymyr Kozhukhar triumphantly toured in Germany, France, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Poland, the Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Lebanon, Canada and Japan. The 1992 performance of the Tchaikovsky opera “Mazepa” in Paris by the theatre from Kyiv was a remarkable event in the European music life. Verdi’s “Nabucco” performed in 1993 at the prestigious 55th International Music Festival in Strasbourg was also a great success. In the year 2002 Volodymyr Kozhukhar conducted “Kateryna Izmailova” by Shostakovich in Naples, Italy as a part of M. Rostropovych project.