KYIV, UKRAINE – Ruslana, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 with the song “Wild Dances”, has recently announced her participation in the local version of the “Clash of the Choirs” TV show. This wasn’t a surprise for the fans as the Ukrainian singer has higher education in music and actually graduated from the L’viv Conservatory as a choral conductor.
Before the start of the show, Ruslana has visited children’s music school in Kyiv and shared secrets of her work on a big scene with the little singers that she met during the shootings of “Clash of the Choirs”. The future Ukrainian singers invited their beloved Eurovision winner for a special master class.
The audience will see Ruslana in a new role of celebrity coach of the choir. But it isn’t her first experience of working with choirs. She graduated the L’viv Music Academy “Mykola Lysenko” in 1995 as choral conducator and was the student of a prominent Ukrainian composer and conductor who is also regarded as the father of the Ukrainian Choral Conducting School, Mykola Kolessa.
Ruslana herself sang in the church choir as a child and then in the student choir of the L’viv Music Academy when she was a student. After she graduated, she started her work as conductor of symphonic orchestra and choirs.
She has a vast experience in conducting as follows:
1998-1999 –conducted orchestra within her first tour “Tour across the castles of Ukraine”
1999 – conducted the orchestra during the opening ceremony of the “Tavria Games”.
2005 – conducted children choir within the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 and recorded the song “U rytmi sertci” (In the Rhythm of the Heart)
2006 – conducted orchestra within the celebration of 750th anniversary of her hometown L’viv. It was her own suite “Energy Source”.
Ruslana alongside Zlata Ognevich will participate in the first season of the “Chash of the Choirs” TV show in Ukraine. The experimented Ukrainian Eurovision winner will take our her conducting wand and will prove to the audience that choirs can also be interesting, modern and stylish.