It is about the Ukrainian-Polish conductor Yaroslav Shemet whose nomination as the new Artistic Chief of the Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice is announced today. Born in 1996 (the same year as Klaus Mäkelä taking over Orchestre de Paris, and a year after Patrick Hahn who takes over the orchestra in Wuppertal), Yaroslav Shemet becomes thus the youngest music director of a philharmonic orchestra in Poland ever.

Youngest ever: 25-year-old conductor Yaroslav Shemet (Foto: Wojciech Mateusiak)

Yaroslav Shemet adds this new function to his position as the First Guest Conductor at the Neue Philharmonie Hamburg and of the Principal Conductor of the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra INSO-Lviv.

‘By starting a shared artistic journey with this artist, full of mutual inspirations, I prioritise professionalism, creativity, and originality,’ Adam Wesołowski, Director of the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic thus justifies this choice. So far, Shemet has performed in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, China, Poland and Ukraine, conducting such ensembles as the Prague Symphony, Philharmonie der Nationen, NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Łódź Philharmonic, Poznań Philharmonic, Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Baltic Opera, Silesian Opera or National Opera in Odessa. He has performed in Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Shanghai Grand Theatre, National Forum of Music in Wrocław or Harbin Opera House, as well as at festivals in Bayreuth, Munich, and Hong Kong. Currently, he also holds the position of the first guest conductor of Neue Philharmonie Hamburg and of the principal conductor of the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra INSO-Lviv. Since his graduation Yaroslav Shemet is also the youngest academic lecturer at the I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań in the Institute of Conducting. The range of Yaroslav Shemet’s repertoire goes beyond the canons of symphonic and operatic music. He excels in contemporary music, boasting over 40 first performances, including many with the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
‘The energy that this young conductor spreads onto his orchestra is truly astonishing!’ – this is what Sebastian Koik wrote about the artist in the German magazine Klassik begeistert. According to critics, Yaroslav Shemet is able to breathe new life into compositions well known to listeners, who consequently experience them as if there were listening to them for the first time in their lives. Yaroslav Shemet has been working with the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra for several months now. When talking about his experiences with this ensemble, he says, ‘We have had a chance to test ourselves in the direst pandemic reality, as well as with a full audience. I greatly appreciate this ensemble for their professionalism, for their extraordinary urge to look for new ways of artistic expression, and for the attention they pay in the preparation of each piece’. ‘There is a good energy between me and the musicians, and this energy brings about what is the most important in playing music: the joy of creating music together. I am thrilled I will have a chance to be part of this excellent ensemble,’ announces the new Artistic Chief of the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.