ANIMA Student Academic Choir of Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts was founded in 1968 as a creative laboratory for choir masters and as an active choir.
Throughout its history, the choir was led by different significant Ukrainian conductors: Anatolii Markhlevskyi, Dmytro Radyk. Since 2005, the choir has been headed by Nataliia Krechko, associate professor and the Honoured Artist of Ukraine.
WINNER OF THE FOLLOWING CHORAL COMPETITIONS:
- International Sacred Music Competition in Bydgoszcz, Poland (1995, Grand Prix);
- Ukrainian Lesia Ukrainka Choral Competition in Lutsk, Ukraine (1996, Grand Prix);
- All–Ukrainian Choral Competition named after M. Leontovych in Kyiv, Ukraine (1998, 2nd place);
- 30th International May Choir Competition named after Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgaria (2008, 2nd place);
- 14th Neuchâtel International Choral Festival, Switzerland (2012, special prize For the best performance and interpretation of the national program);
- Gavriil Musicescu International Choral Music Contest in Iasi, Romania (2016, 2nd place);
- International Bortnianskyi Competition in Kyiv, Ukraine (2018 р, 1st place).
INTERNATIONAL AND UKRAINIAN FESTIVALS:
LAST INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS:
- International creative and educational project between Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts and Robert Schumann Hochschule (Düsseldorf) including several concerts and workshops in Ukraine and Germany (2017-2020);
- Film Music Ennio Morricone (Palace “Ukraine”, 2011);
- Music Parallels “Ukraine – Mexico” (“Bésame Mucho” José Galvánа and “Cielitolindo” Carlosa Farfána) (Kyiv, 2018).
LAST SIGNIFICANT UKRAINIAN PROJECTS:
- Ihor Shamo. Postlude documentary directed by Yuliia Lazarevska. Production by Inspiration Films at the request of Ukrainian State Film Agency (premiered at Kinopanorama Hall, 2014);
- Baroque Perls concerts at the National Philarmonic of Ukraine in the cooperation with Philarmonic soloists and Kyiv Camerata National Soloist Ensemble (2017-2019);
- “MOZART L‘Opera Rock”, “Notre Dame de Paris” (Palace “Ukraine”, 2019-2020).
- ANIMA CD album. Compositions of Ukrainian authors from 18th century till these days (2007);
- Performance at 22nd International Festival Kyiv Music Fest supported by National Union of Ukrainian Composers (2012).
- Anthology of choral compositions based on Taras Shevchenko poems, project of the National Union of Ukrainian Composers (Ukraine, 2016).