The composer Valentin Silvestrov is coming to Ultima. You can experience his music at the following concerts.

Valentin Silvestrov (b. 1937) is possibly Ukraine’s greatest and best known living composer. Born in Kyiv under Stalin’s regime, the formerly avant garde composer’s music has developed into a contemplative, mournful and nostalgic elegy for lost time. It takes on new emotional depth and power in the state of war in Ukraine in 2022 – Silvestrov himself fled from Kyiv to Berlin in early March, after the Russian invasion. The single-movement Symphony no. 7 opens in a fearful atmosphere but gradually softens until it almost melts away into thin air. Silvestrov will attend Ultima from September 19th - 23rd. His music will be performed at three concerts during this year's festival.