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Alexey Bbotvinov and Daniel Hope


Danel Hope: "Thrilled to announce a closer artistic relationship with the splendid Odessa Classics Festival from 2019. Alexey Botvinov and his team have done a wonderful job of building up this festival in a beautiful and historic city. And it is both extremely humbling and inspiring to think of many of my musical heroes and their role in Odessa‘s musical life: Pyotr Stolyarsky, David Oistrakh, Nathan Milstein, Boris Goldstein, Emil Gilels, Sviatoslav Richter, Zakhar Bron and many more. Looking forward to more music in Odessa!"







June 1 - 10, 2018

Odessa - the pearl of the the Black Sea - is going to present its fourth edition of „Odessa Classics“, which has already become a serious competitor to the established high-level cultural and musical European Festivals.


In the past three years the promoters took great effort in organizing an impressively versatile program of highest standards. Its enormous success justifies to spread the news as a precious insider tip to the Western world.


The venues of next year’s Festival will include not only the concert hall of the Philharmonia Odessa, but will further extend to the wonderful Opera House of the city and to the breathtaking Potemkin‘s Stairs with a classical Open Air concert. Exciting fringe events like exhibitions, lectures, youth competitions and world music concerts will complete the Festival.



At the beginning of June, since 2015, representatives of the world musical elite and the leading Ukrainian artists comes to Odessa to visit the International music festival ODESSA CLASSICS.




At the heart of the festival lie different types of art forms. Musical, graphic, theatrical and literary arts can be found here.


However, the leading role in the ODESSA CLASSICS program is assigned to music. Outstanding masters of classical art – musicians, singers, conductors, orchestras are presented for the city with the help of the festival. A lot of them for the first time act in Odessa in particular and in Ukraine as a whole.


The concerts of stars of classics from many European countries have already been held in our city. Guests of a festival listened to resident performers of the world famous centers of classical and opera music, such as Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Pleyel Hall, La Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden and the others.


Also among the participants of ODESSA CLASSICS are popular Ukrainian artists and talented creative youth from Odessa and the other cultural centers of our country.

The annual opening of a festival is preceded by a thematic exhibition of one of the leading Ukrainian painters, and the readings from famous modern writers and poets takes place in the Literary museum.


On an equal basis with classics the festival is a scene for new creative art forms, modern music and informal approach to concert tradition.

Original projects

ODESSA CLASSICS is open for the embodiment of absolutely unique genres. The premiere, held within the first festival, was the project of the leading Ukrainian director and producer  Vlad Troitsky, and the pianist Alexey Botvinov. The project is called "Art of War" and is based on the famous book of the Chinese commander and thinker Sun Dzi. This performance really became the new word for cultural Odessa.


Gala concert under the open sky

One of the milestone events of ODESSA CLASSICS is the grandiose free open-air concert. Thousands of people gather at a historical Vorontsov Colonnade under the open sky to listen to delightful music, accompanied by fascinating video installations.



Concerts and events of ODESSA CLASSICS take place at the main concert venues of the city: at the Opera House and the Big Hall of Odessa Philharmonic, the Literary Museum and the Museum of the Western and Eastern Art.



Organizers of ODESSA CLASSICS are sure that after every held festival Odessa appears on the map of the leading musical cities of the world with a brighter contour. And formation of new generation of the listeners and audience, who understand and appreciate true art, gives a chance to our city to become the cultural capital of Ukraine.




The ideological inspirer and the president of the festival is the People's artist of Ukraine Alexey Botvinov. He is widely known as the leading Ukrainian pianist at the international level, he acted in the best concert halls of 44 countries of the world.


Alexey Botvinov is personally familiar with the heads of many leading European festivals – Salzburg, Lucerne, Chopin, Zurich Festivals, whose experience is the basis for ODESSA CLASSICS. On the pianist’s account there is a successful implementation of significant musical, cultural and educational projects, such as "Visual reality of music", "Letter-writer. The elegy", "Ad Libitum" or "In the free flight", "Bach. Reloaded", "Music of Love",”4 Elements”.


Important is the fact that Alexey Botvinov has accurate vision and producer understanding of how to make ODESSA CLASSICS truly modern, highly professional festival which will be interesting for both tempted music admirers, and to a wide range of listeners, including youth, and also will promote the involvement of foreign tourists to Odessa.



"Successful history of the first years of ODESSA CLASSICS project gives a possibility to say that musical Odessa is coming back to the festival map of cultural Europe again. Together with the ODESSA CLASSICS team we work hard over every year to increase the set high level of a festival, and in the long term we hope that Odessa Classics will become one of the landmarks of Ukraine in the world".

Alexey Botvinov
pianist, People's Artist of Ukraine

initiator and president of the international music festival ODESSA CLASSICS




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