Valery Matyukhin was considered the personification of an entire era in modern Ukrainian musical culture
About the death of an outstanding musician reported on the page of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.
“The artistic community knows Valery Matyukhin as the first performer of many works by modern Ukrainian composers. On his initiative, the National Ensemble of Soloists “Kyivska Camerata” was created, which is one of the best artistic collectives that presents Ukrainian musical art both in Ukraine and abroad. His memory is forever inscribed in the history of national culture“, the post notes.
His colleagues, acquaintances and friends reacted to the news of the eminent musician’s death:
“The staff of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is deeply saddened by the death of Valery Matyukhin and expresses its sincere condolences to the Maestro’s relatives, friends and colleagues…Thanks to Valery Oleksandrovych, many new works of Ukrainian composers appeared in the world, the first performer of which he was together with his brainchild – “Kyiv Chamber “. The chamber orchestra led by him represented Ukrainian music well in Ukraine and far beyond its borders“, the post notes on the page of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.
“A musician with a capital letter, pianist, conductor, artistic director, a colossal personality, extremely erudite and educated, but very easy to communicate with and a kind person. with a colossal sense of humor…with a Great Soul…
An artist who paved the way and helped many young talents…Extremely generous in support…A friend of all children…Fanatically devoted to Ukrainian music!!!
It was on his order that Ukrainian composers wrote a colossal number of works… A huge loss for Ukrainian culture… He played a huge role in my life… My Mentor. Friend… Indescribable pain…»
Reacted to the death of a prominent musician the team of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, on the stage of which many iconic and interesting music premieres and events took place under the leadership of the Maestro:
“Valery Matyukhin is the personification of an entire era in Ukrainian musical culture. Devoted to his work until his last breath, he was a musician-enlightener, a tireless seeker of new things and a pioneer of the most interesting samples of Ukrainian music. Probably no one has played such a number of works by modern Ukrainian composers as Matyukhin played together with the “Kyiv Camerata”. Valery Oleksandrovych was a deep connoisseur of Ukrainian music – you could always ask him for advice, he was a kind of guide for performers of modern Ukrainian music, as he knew well: what, when and by whom was written for a particular composition, in what genre, who performed, etc.
It is sad and symbolic at the same time that the Maestro left on the eve of the International Festival “Kyiv Music Premieres”. For many years, it was “Camera” led by Valery Matyukhin that was one of the main participants in the festival program. Eternal memory and the Kingdom of Heaven. Sincere condolences to the family“.
Valery Matyuhin was born on March 12, 1949 in the city of Kharkiv. Prominent Ukrainian conductor, pianist, musical and public figure, People’s Artist of Ukraine, laureate of the Taras Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine, general director — artistic director of the National Ensemble of Soloists “Kyivska Camerata”.
Together with the ensemble, he toured the countries of Europe and the world many times, popularizing Ukrainian symphonic music.
Under his leadership, premieres of works by Valentin Sylvestrov, Yevhen Stankovych, Myroslav Skoryk, Leonid Grabovskyi, Volodymyr Zubytskyi, Lesya Dychko, Hanna Havrylets, Zoltan Almasha, Yulia Gomelska, Carmella Tsepkolenko and others took place.