Herman Makarenko

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Herman Makarenko
Герман Макаренко
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Background information
Born (1961-06-29) 29 June 1961 (age 59)
Lviv, Ukraine
GenresOpera, ballet, symphonic music, chamber music
Associated actsNational Opera of Ukraine, Kyiv Classic Orchestra

Herman Makarenko (born 29 June 1961, Ukraine) is the conductor of the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine named after Taras Shevchenko, the chief conductor and artistic director of the orchestra «Kyiv-Classic», Honored Artist of Ukraine, PhD, Doctor of Arts, Professor, Ambassador of the Ukrainian culture.

The author of the annual exclusive projects – «Concert Premier», «New Year Strauss Concert», «Declaration of Love».

He has toured all over the world - United States, Canada, France, Italy, Iran, Russia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia, Macedonia, Belgium, Serbia, and others. Performed in prestigious concert halls of Europe: UNESCO Headquarters Hall, the Madeleine Church Hall in Paris, Bedřich Smetana Hall in Prague, Cercle Royal Gaulois in Brussels, etc.

Has recorded more than 15 CDs with works of Western European, Russian, Ukrainian composers (including full music for Tchaikovsky's ballets Swan Lake, Nutcracker and others).

Author of monographsMusic and Philosophy: Schopenhauer, Wagner, Nietzsche, The Conductor's Creative Work: the Dimensions of Aesthetics and Art History and a manual for students in higher education.


Among connoisseurs of classical music Herman Makarenko is well known as the Ukrainian conductor - philosopher, who gave a new lease of classical music from different eras due to his tireless work.

Herman Makarenko was born on 29 June 1961 in the city of Lviv in the family of musical theater artists.

Beginning his study at the Kiev music specialized school named after Mykola Lysenko (the part of the National Music Academy of Ukraine) in 1976 (in those days - State Conservatory), Herman graduated from the piano faculty of this Academy in 1986. In 1985, during his study, he became a student of conducting faculty of the Department of opera and symphony conducting.

Among the mentors who had a great influence on the formation and fate of a young musician were national actors of Ukraine Roman Kofman and Oleg Ryabov, and principal conductor of the National Opera of Ukraine - Stephen Turchak. It was he who in 1987 invited, then a young intern at the Opera House, where Herman, as well as all new conductors, went through all the stages of formation - from assistant-trainee to the lead conductor.

He has toured with various symphony orchestras and opera theaters around the world, including United States, Canada, France, Italy, Belgium, Serbia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovakia, Iran, Cyprus, Russia and others.

Headed by Herman Makarenko "Kyiv-Classic" Symphonic Orchestra has been widely recognized in Ukraine as well as abroad. High professional status of the collective in many aspects supported by his exclusive music projects, including "Concert Premiere", "New Year’s Strauss Concert", "Declaration of love".

The program of the orchestra includes a large number of works by composers of different eras and nations. The musical compositions by Ukrainian composers such as S. Gulak-Artemovsky, N. Lysenko, V. Gubarenko, M. Skoryk, E. Stankovich, M.Chemberdzhi, I. Shcherbakov, Y. Shevchenko etc. take a special attention in the creative portfolio of "Kyiv-Classic" Orchestra.

Maestro Makarenko efficiently combines an active conductor's practice activities with the theoretical comprehension of the philosophical and aesthetic essence of the musical art form, the phenomenon of the complex and multifaceted problem of creativity and, in particular, the creativity of opera and symphony conductor.

The writing of his PhD thesis " The Irrational Aesthetics of the 19th Century: The Musical Point" became the consequence of symbiosis of theory and practice, the defense of which was held at the Philosophical Faculty of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University (May 2000), and Doctoral thesis - "Creativity in the context of a conductor’s integrative approach ", the defense of which was held at the National Music Academy of Ukraine (June, 2006). Professor Makarenko has been efficiently transmitting his experience to rising generation of young conductors during the last 25 years.


  • Order of Merit of the Third Degree (28 November 2006) - for significant personal contribution to the socio-economic and cultural development of Ukraine[1]
  • Ambassador of Ukrainian Culture (22 December 2006)
  • The People's Artist of Ukraine (27 June 2015) - for a significant personal contribution to state construction, socio-economic, scientific, technical, cultural and educational development of Ukraine, significant labor achievements and high professionalism[2]
  • UNESCO Artist for Peace (29 November 2016)[3]

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