Illia Bondarenko – Violinists Across the World Play for Ukraine

Illia Bondarenko – Violinists Across the World Play for Ukraine


Ukrainian violinists are joined in harmony by top violinists across the world. 94 violinists. 29 countries. Please donate and help us provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Violinist Kerenza Peacock; “I befriended some young violinists in Ukraine via Instagram and discovered some were in basement shelters but had their violins. So I asked colleagues across the world to accompany them in harmony. And I got sent videos from 94 violinists in 29 countries in 48 hours!! An astonishing collaboration forming an international violin choir of support for Ukraine. 🤝🎻🤝🎻

Illia Bondarenko had to film this between explosions, because he could not hear himself play. Nine other young violinists sheltering in Ukraine join in unison, and are accompanied in harmony by world class players from the London Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, the Hollywood Studios, and renowned violinists from all over the world including Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Belgium, Georgia, Poland, South Korea, South Africa, Moldova, Denmark, India, including the entire violin section of the Munich Chamber Orchestra! We have famous fiddlers from different violin traditions including Indian, Scottish, bluegrass. And soloist Daniel Hope who had, by coincidence, once coached Illia Bondarenko . Ryan Dilmore worked overnight(s) to make everyone’s contributions into this beautiful video and Jake Jackson mixed the sound so beautifully, you can hear all 94 praying with our violins. So we play an old Ukrainian folk song together across continents, called Verbovaya Doschechka.

Never before have violinists gathered together from so many countries. Or collaborated across so many different styles of violin playing. Violinists are a fellowship who all have rosin and broken E strings in common, but sadly some are currently having to think about how to arm themselves, and hiding in bomb shelters instead of playing Beethoven or bluegrass. Some more Ukrainians wanted to take part, but now have guns in their hands instead of violins” #violinistssupportukraine #playforpeace

Amy Hershberger USA Anastasiia Mordak UKRAINE Anders Melhus NORWAY Ann Matviienko UKRAINE Archie McAllister SCOTLAND Arve Moen Bergset NORWAY Barbara Lamb USA Ben Baker NEW ZEALAND Brittany Haas USA Carly Frey CANADA Carmine Lauri MALTA Carrie Kennedy USA Chandra Meibalane USA Charlie Bisharat USA Chris Stout SCOTLAND Clare Duckworth UK Clio Gould UK Daniel Bhattacharya CANADA Daniel Hope IRELAND Darragh Morgan IRELAND Dorette Nolte SOUTH AFRICA Elisabete Gomes PORTUGAL Erika Walczak USA Gabe Witcher USA Gemma White UK Hanna Helgegren SWEDEN Illia Bondarenko UKRAINE Ina Tevdoradze GEORGIA Jen Simone USA Joe Harrop NEW ZEALAND Joel Pargman USA Jonathan Morton BELGIUM Julian Gil Rodriguez COLOMBIA Kathleen Robertson USA Ken Aiso JAPAN Kerenza Peacock UK Larisa Morgulis UKRAINE Leah Andonov NORWAY Leah Zeger USA Lynda O Connor IRELAND Manas Kumar INDIA Marc Sazer USA Maria Borud NORWAY Mariam Maghradze NORWAY Mariia Klymenko UKRAINE Marije Ploemacher NETHERLANDS Magnus Johnston UK Mark O Connor USA Maggie O Connor USA Maxine Kwok UK Maya Magub UK Melissa Drake UK Mette Tjaerby Korneliusen DENMARK Michelle Shin SOUTH KOREA Mio Kobayashi JAPAN Molly Rogers USA Naomi Rump UK Natalia Lomeiko UK Niels Aschehoug NORWAY Nina Evtuhov USA Oleksii Pshenychnikov UKRAINE Olena Romaniuk UKRAINE Paul Cartwright USA Phillip Levy ISRAEL Philip Nolte SOUTH AFRICA Raja Halder WALES Robert Taylor USA Rusanda Panfili MOLDOVA Sandip Halder INDIA Sara Watkins USA Sarah Quinn IRELAND Sarah Sexton IRELAND Tania Aliekseeva UKRAINE Tatia Gvantseladze GERMANY Tatmar Ebralidze GEORGIA Temo Jaiani GEORGIA Tristan Thery FRANCE Valentyn Yembryk UKRAINE Varvara Vasylieva UKRAINE Violins of the Munich Chamber Orchestra GERMANY Vitaliia Hrytsak UKRAINE Yoshiyuki Asami JAPAN Yuko Kawami JAPAN Yun-jin Cho SOUTH KOREA

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Violinists: We encourage you to download the score here… and create your own recording, playing along with our video. Post your video to social media using the #ViolinistsSupportUkraine hashtag.

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