Ukrainian conductor Herman Makarenko to be appointed UNESCO Artist for Peace
Herman Makarenko, the distinguished conductor of the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine and chief conductor and artistic director of the orchestra Kyiv-Classic, will become a UNESCO Artist for Peace in a ceremony at the Organization’s Headquarters on 29 November (Room II, 6 pm). After the ceremony, Mr. Makarenko will conduct a live performance with the Kyiv Classic orchestra.
Mr. Makarenko’s appointment comes “in recognition of his commitment to promote music as a vehicle for dialogue and mutual understanding among people, his contribution to peace and tolerance, notably through the performances of the Kyiv-Classic Orchestra, and his profound commitment to the ideals and aims of the Organization.”
As well as performing all over the world, Mr Makarenko has published important works including a monograph on Music and Philosophy: Schopenhauer, Wagner, Nietzsche and another, The Conductor's Creative Work: The Dimensions of Aesthetics and Art History, as well as a manual for higher education students.
As a promoter of cultural diversity, Mr. Makarenko’s musical repertoire spans folklore and classical works from North and Latin America, Asia and the Pacific, as well as those of Europe and his own region.
UNESCO Artists for Peace are internationally-renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote UNESCO’s message and programmes. UNESCO works with these distinguished personalities to heighten the public’s awareness of key development issues and inform it of the Organization's action is in these fields.
Journalists wishing to cover the ceremony and concert are invited to request accreditation from:
Djibril Kebe, d.kebe(at)unesco.org +33 (0)1 45 68 17 41
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