The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova designated the famous Ukrainian conductor and Artistic Director of the “Kyiv-Classic Orchestra” Herman Makarenko as a UNESCO Artist for Peace during an official ceremony, which took place at UNESCO Headquarters on 29 November 2016.
This title was bestowed upon Mr Makarenko in recognition of his commitment to promote music as a vehicle for dialogue and mutual understanding among people, his contribution to peace and tolerance, notably through the performances of the Kyiv-Classic Orchestra, and his profound commitment to the ideals and aims of the Organization.
“The fabric of your life and career is a unique weave of music and philosophy. You are guided by a profound belief in the power of music as a force for peace, as a force to cross divides, as a force to build respect and mutual understanding”, said the Director-General, speaking at the event. She also expressed her gratitude to Herman Makarenko for his intention to support, through his Orchestra’s performances, UNESCO’s actions, notably in the framework of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022).
In his acceptance speech, Mr Makarenko said he was honored to be part of UNESCO’s prestigious family of Goodwill Ambassadors and Artists for Peace.
Oleg Shamshur, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Ukraine to UNESCO, said he was pleased that Mr Makarenko, a talented musician, is the first Ukrainian to join the prestigious family of UNESCO Artists for Peace, adding “I am equally glad that he will bring his support, in this new capacity, to support UNESCO’s work in such as important domain as the rapprochement of cultures”.
Also during the event, Mr Suvra Chakraborty, President of “Kyiv-Classic” Art Centre announced the launch of a new project to organize the performances of the “Kyiv Classic” Orchestra in the major capitals of the world, involving other UNESCO Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors, in order to further support UNESCO’s ideals and values.
The designation ceremony was followed by a live performance with the “Kyiv Classic” Orchestra entitled “Concert of Peace”, which was conducted by Maestro Herman Makarenko.