Conductor, teacher, Honored Artist of Ukraine
Madarash Oksana Stepanivna — Conductor, teacher, Honored Artist of Ukraine, was born in Buchach, Ternopil region, Ukraine.
Graduated from the Conducting and choral department of the Mykolaiv State Musical Schoolin 1989 (class teacher L. Lakisa). During the training she was a member of the choirs-laureates of international competitions: the Choir “Solar Stream” of the Mykolaiv State Music College and the Female Academic Choir named after S. Fominikh, with whom she participated in international contests (Varna, Bulgaria and Belgrade, Yugoslavia).
In 1988, she became the winner of the II prize at the All-Union Contest of Young Choral Conductors, (Mykolaiv).
During 1989-1994 she studied at the Kyiv State Conservatory named after P.I. Tchaikovsky (Choir conducting, class of People’s Artist of Ukraine, professor V. Petrichenko), as well as at the Department of Opera and Symphony conducting (class of People’s Artist of Ukraine and Russia, Professor V. Kozuhhar).
While studying, toured in Switzerland, Canada as a participant of the student choir of the faculty, under the direction of the People’s Artist of Ukraine, Professor P.Muravsky.
In 1995-1999 she studied at the National Music Academy of Ukraine named after P.I. Tchaikovsky (Opera and symphonic conducting, class of People’s Artist of Ukraine, professor E. Duschenko). Upon graduation she received a diploma with honors.
In 1998 she received the special prize “Rose of Hope” for the best performance of compulsory work (M. Ravel, Suite # 2 “Daphnis e Chloe”) at the II National Symphonic Conductors Competition named after. S. Turchak.
In 1994-2002 she worked at the National Honored Academic Chapel of Ukraine “Dumka” (Kyiv) and had active tours in Europe (France, Spain, Poland, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, etc.).
During 2000-2005, she was trained at the National Music Academy at the Opera and Symphonic Conducting Department (class of People’s Artist of Ukraine, Professor E. Duschenko).
In 2003, was assistant director of the People’s Artist of Ukraine, Professor V. Sirenko on G. Verdi’s “Rigoletto”.
During her studies she conducted works of the Opera Studio of the National Musical Academy of Ukraine named after P. I. Tchaikovsky (G. Rossini’s ” Barber of Seville “, G. Verdi’s “Rigoletto”, P. Tchaikovsky “Eugene Onegin”, S. Rachmaninov “Aleko”, C.Orff “Carmina Burana”) and symphonic programs with orchestra of the department of symphony conducting, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Mykolayiv Symphony Orchestra of the Regional Department of Culture.
Participated in other prestigious musical contests, including: International Competition for Symphonic Conductors. A. Pedrotti (1999, Trento, Italy), International Competition for Symphonic Conductors. V. Jordan (2001, Kharkiv).
Competitive awards and prizes
2012 ─ Chamber Orchestra of KDAM – Laureate of the 1st International Competition named after E. Stankovych (1st Prize, Artistic Director, Conductor)
2010 ─ prize “For the best musical performance” at the VI regional festival of comedy “Golden applause of Bukovina” (conductor of the performance of the Kyiv National Academic Theater of Operetta, “The Dinner with the Italians” by J. Offenbach)
2008 ─ Honorary title “Honored Artist of Ukraine”
2005 ─ Honorary Diploma of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine
2003 ─ Diploma of the laureate of the theatrical awards to them. M. Arkas (conductor and choirmaster – director of the premiere performance of M. Arkas’ opera “Katerina” in the Mykolaiv Academic Ukrainian Drama Theater and Musical Comedy)
1998 ─ Special prize “Rose of Hope” of the 2nd National Contest of Symphonic Conductors named after. S. Turchak for the best performance of the compulsory work (M. Ravel, Suite # 2 “Daphnis e Chloe”)
1988 ─ Laureate of the II Prize of the All-Union Contest of Young Choir Conductors (Mykolaiv).
Since 2002 she has been conducting the orchestra of the Kyiv National Academic Operetta’s Theatre.
Oksana Madarash is the directing conductor for: operetta “Die Fledermaus” by J. Strauss, operetta “Violet of Montmartre” by E. Kalman, F. Loewe’s musical “My Fair Lady”, J. S. Bach’s “Coffee Cantata”, comedy opera “The Little Bell” by G. Donizetti.
She is also the conductor of such performances as “Silva” and “Mr. X” by E. Kalman, “The Gypsy Baron” by J. Strauss, “The Count of Luxembourg” by F. Lehar, “A Dinner with the Italians” by J. Offenbach, “Such Jewish Luck” by I. Poklad, “May Night” by M. Lysenko, “An American Comedy” by M. Samoilov.
In 2003, as a conductor and choirmaster, she participated in the premiere performance of M. Arkas’ opera “Katerina” in the Mykolayiv Academic Ukrainian Drama Theater and Musical Comedy until the 150th anniversary of M. Arkas’ birth.
In 2010, a concert staging of Jean Bizet’s “Carmen” (Mykolaiv) was performed.
In the VI Regional festival of comedy “Golden applause of Bukovina” in 2010, she had conducted the performance of the Kyiv National Academic Operetta’s Theatre – “A Dinner with the Italians” by J. Offenbach, for which the theater received two major awards – “For the best musical performance” and “For the best Execution of the lady’s part “.
Since 2012, the conductor is the director of the annual symphonic concert “Strauss in the Operetta” on the stage of the Kyiv National Academic Operetta’s Theatre.
Since 2013 is a permanent guest conductor of the chamber orchestra “Ars-Nova” of the Mykolayiv Regional Philharmonic.
Member of the jury of following contests: IV International competition of vocal ensembles named after Bortnyansky (Kyiv, 2014), I and II All-Ukrainian open contests of choir conductors “Solar Stream” (Mykolayiv, 2015-2016).
President of the jury: III All-Ukrainian open contests of choir conductors “Solar Stream” (Mykolayiv, 2017)
Conductor of the international projects: Grand Final of the 6th International Festival “Discovering Paderewski” – Symphonic Concert (2017, with the support of the Polish Institute), “Vivat, Offenbach!” (2016, with the support of the French Institute), Hungarian Music Night “The Pearl of the Danube” (2016, an international project with the support of the Hungarian Embassy in Ukraine), “Blues Symphony Cocktail” (2016, soloist Florian Feilmayr, with the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum), “Vivat, L’Operette” (2017), Gala Concert (2017, international project with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Ukraine), Anais Constan concert (2017, within the framework of the French Spring Festival), Ferenc Lehar (2015, within the framework of the international project Kyiv National Academic Operetta Theater with the Budapest Theater of Operetta and Musical.
Participated in the VII, X, XI, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI International Operetta Festival (Kaunas, Lithuania), in the Gala Concerts (2011, Kaunas, Lithuania and the city of Kyiv) as part of the international joint project of Kaunas State Musical Theater and Kyiv National Academic Operetta’s Theatre on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and the Republic of Lithuania. In 2014, she was the conductor of the performance “Seville Barber” by J. Rossini at Kaunas State Musical Theater.
Also participates in other international festivals: “O-Fest” (Kyiv/Bucha), “French Spring” (Kyiv), “Golden applause of Bukovina” (Chernivtsi city), “Melpomene of Tavria” (Kherson), “Gogol Fest” (Poltava) and others.
Cooperates with orchestras: National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Symphonic Orchestra Programs of the Kyiv National Academic Theater of Operetta, Symphony Orchestra of the Kaunas State Musical Theater, St. Petersburg Festival Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Ternopil Regional Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra of the Mykolaiv Regional Department of Culture, Chamber Orchestra “Ars-Nova “of the Mykolaiv Regional Philharmonic, orchestra of the Symphonic Conducting Dept of the National Music Academy of Ukraine named after P. I. Tchaikovsky and others.
Together with the troupe of theater, she conducts active tours both in Ukraine and abroad.
Conductor Oksana Madarash successfully combines the main creative activity with the teaching, working at the Kyiv Children’s Academy of Arts since 2003 as an artistic director of the youth chamber orchestra at the Faculty of Music.
a teacher Oksana Madarash pays much attention to the development of orchestral thinking in young students, educating them on the best samples of the world repertoire. The teacher’s experience is known both in Ukraine and abroad. Her students systematically enter higher education in the artistic direction in different countries.
The orchestra under the direction of Oksana Madarash has repertoire of concert programs on musical compositions of both great scale and orchestral miniatures.
The last performances of the orchestra with the programs “The Mystery of Mozart”, “Stabat mater” (Pergolesi), “Eternal harmony in dialogue with oneself”, composed of works by J. S. Bach, and others, had wide publicity in the press, radio, television and received approval reviews.
In 2012, the orchestra becomes the winner of the 1st prize at the 1st International Instrumental Competition named after E. Stankovych (Kyiv).
The orchestra is a staunch participant in large-scale artistic events held both in the academy and in many professional scenes of the city.
Constantly raises the level of his qualification. Participant in scientific and practical conferences, including: “Traditional Culture of Ukraine in the XXI Century. As a component of cultural policy: the state and prospects of development” (2015) and others.