25-year-old Yaroslav Shemet announced as Artistic Chief of the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Yaroslav Shemet's musical path started at the age of 3, when he began his education at the music school in Merefa, Ukraine. After graduating, at the age of 11, he was offered to continue his education at one of the four eminent Ukrainian talent schools at the Kharkiv Conservatory. At the age of 13, he made his debut with an orchestra. As a 20-year-old, he embarked on his first Asian tour, conducting at the Shanghai Grand Theater and at the Harbin Opera House. A year later, as a music director, he made his debut at the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk in the production of Georges Bizet's Pearl Fishers. At the age of only 24, he performed, for the first time, at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
Yaroslav Shemet has just been appointed the Artistic Chief of the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. 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.
So far, Shemet has performed in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, China, Poland and Ukraine, conducting such ensembles as the Prague Symphony, Philharmonie der Nationen, Polish Baltic Philharmonic, NFM Wrocław 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.
On March 26, he will conduct the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra again [live broadcast on YouTube channel]. On June 9, he will perform for the second time at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.