Issue 9, January 2009.
Swiss maestro Gunhard Mattes is the founder and conductor of Lviv’s internationally-acclaimed INSO Lemberg orchestra, which celebrated its tenth anniversary at the close of 2008. A child prodigy who went on to perform alongside some of the greatest figures in modern classical music and lead the Chinese National Symphony Orchestra in Beijing, Mr. Mattes has formed a special bond with Lviv and created one of the most sparkling orchestras in the region.
Issue 1, May 2008.
Thanks to her 2004 Eurovision Song Contest victory Ruslana is probably the most famous Ukrainian recording artist in the world, with a fan base in all five continents and regular concert tours throughout Europe, Asia and North America. However, despite the excitement of international fame, she remains a patriotic Lvivyanka at heart who is passionate about her native town and says she is inspired by Ukraine’s most quintessentially European city. She believes that Lviv’s long historical association with the changing tides of Central European empires has helped create a uniquely European mentality among the people of the city, and says that as a result of growing up in the West Ukrainian capital she now feels at home pretty much anywhere she travels throughout Eastern Europe.