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BIOGRAPHY

Chief Conductor of the Kyiv Chamber Orchestra (part of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine)
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Sought after for her emotionally charged interpretations and dynamic presence, Natalia Ponomarchuk is one of the most prominent Ukrainian orchestra conductors. She has been the Chief Conductor of the Kyiv Chamber Orchestra (part of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine) since 2018. Previously she served as the resident conductor at the Ukrainian National Radio Company (1996-1998), Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Dnipro Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Dnipro Philharmonic of Ukraine (2003-2020), Principal Conductor of the Ukrainian Academic State Symphony Orchestra (2006-2009) and the National Ensemble of Soloists “Kiev Camerata” (2007-2009), and the Resident Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (2009-2011).

In Ukraine, she has regularly appeared with the National Odesa Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lviv Academic Philharmonic Orchestra “INSO-Lviv” as well as at the major Ukrainian international music festivals: “Kiev Music Fest,” “First Performances of the Year,” “Kiev Summer Music Evenings,” “Youth Music,” and “Contrasts.”

Ponomarchuk regularly appears with top orchestras all over the world, including the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (Germany); Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (USA); Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado do Espirito Santo (Brazil); Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, and Presidential Symphony Orchestra (Turkey); Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra (Greece); Chongqing Philharmonic Orchestra (China), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (Estonia); Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonietta Riga (Latvia).

She has performed at major concert halls and opera theaters including, in Spain, the Teatro Real, Auditorio Nacional, and Teatro Zarzuela (all in Madrid); the Palau de la Musica Catalana (Barcelona), Teatro Colon (Coruña), Queen Sophia Palace of the Arts (Valencia), Conference Centre and Concert Hall (Bilbao), Kursaal (San-Sebastian), and Auditorio de Galicia (Santiago); in Portugal she has performed at the Teatro Monumentale (Lisboa) and Casa da Musica (Porto). Other performance venues include the Sala Verdi Conservatorio (Milan), Congress Hall (Warsaw), Thessaloniki Concert Hall (Greece), and The Presidential Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall and Choir Buildings and Bilkent Concert Hall (Turkey).

Natalia has collaborated with internationally renowned artists Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Sergei Nakariakov, Vadim Rudenko, Alexander Knyazev, Qian Zhou, Benjamin Schmid, Lukáš Vondráček, Eggner Florian, László Fenyö, Denis Severin, Otto Sauter, Simonide Braconi, Leticia Moreno, Dominique De Williencourt, Valery Sokolov, Alexey Semenenko, Dima Tkachenko, and Alexei Grynyuk.

Ms. Ponomarchuk received her Master of Music in Orchestra Conducting from the National Music Academy of Ukraine (1997). In 2001, she was named an Honored Artist of Ukraine. In March 2022, after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, she managed to escape from Kyiv and is now residing in London, regularly guest conducting and traveling back to Kyiv on a monthly basis to conduct her orchestra there.