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Ukrainian musicians will perform at musikprotokoll in Austria


The 55th edition of the ORF musikprotokoll will take place in Graz from October 6 to 9. This year, in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute, the festival will present performances by violist Kateryna Suprun and composer Katharina Hryvul. The festival programme is held under the motto Whodentity.

Photo: Kateryna Suprun


Whodentity is a made-up word we are using at the musikprotokoll 2022 to shed light on pressing current questions of belonging. Who is “we”? Who ascribes what identity to whom in our society? The musikprotokoll 2022 wanted to turn things around completely in the most structurally conservative: after almost 55 years, the festival will present premiere performances of music exclusively by female composers. 

  • Katharina Gryvul – Zemlya 

6 October  

21:00 (GMT+2) 

Dom im Berg, Graz 

Zemlya is the first piece that Katarina Gryvul composed after the outbreak of Russia’s war of aggression. It is an homage to her home country of Ukraine, and at the same time, the expression of a profound personal crisis. Her musical starting point was a recording of her own breath during a night-time panic attack—voice is one of Gryvul’s primary instruments. Katharina’s performance will be part of “Spacial Adventures”. This year, SHAPE+ artists have once again been invited to use the Ambisonics system at the Dom im Berg. 

  • Kateryna Suprun – Constellation 

7 – 8 October,  

19:00 (GMT+2) 

Helmut List Halle, Graz 

In 2019, Ukrainian string quartet Danapris celebrated its premiere at the musikprotokoll with contemporary Ukrainian music. Violist Kateryna Suprun fled to Berlin at the beginning of the war. In March, she released her solo album Constellation, which she recorded in Kyiv during the coronavirus pandemic. It is a finely shimmering, delicate compilation of contemporary music from Ukraine that is waiting to be discovered.