First Prize and Orchestra Prize winner of the 2018 Dichler Conducting Competition in Vienna! Taras Demchyshyn is a native of Lviv, Ukraine, born on March 3, 1984. Currently, the Chief Conductor of the Beethoven Sinfonietta in Japan, since 2014.
He’s conducted and worked with professional symphony and chamber orchestras such as the Savaria Symphony Orchestra in Hungary, the Hibiki Strings of Japan and the Leopolis Chamber Orchestra in Ukraine. Taras was raised in a prominent musical family, his father is a conductor/composer and his mother a classical singer. After graduating from the Solomiya Krushelnytska Music Boarding School and the Mykola Lysenko Lviv State Academy of Music in Conducting and Clarinet, he furthered his music education studying Clarinet in Germany, at the Academy of Music (Akademie für Tonkunst) in Darmstadt.
With the aid of a Villa Musica Scholarship, he moved to Berlin where he graduated with distinctive honors from the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin. Principal Clarinetist with The Kyushu Symphony in Japan from 2007 to 2018, Taras has recently changed direction and is focusing on his conducting career and solo performances as secondary.
In 2010 he made his conducting debut with Tschaikowski Symphony No. 5, with the Kitakyushu Symphony Orchestra. He studied Conducting diligently under the guidance of Professors Johannes Wildner, Alan Buribaev, Kazuyoshi Akiyama and Tatsuya Shimono. His noted Clarinet instructors were Professors Ralf Forster, Michael Schmidt, and Diethelm Kühn.
In 2014, together with the Hibiki Strings of Japan, his older brother Nazar Yasnytskyy playing the violin and Oskar Martin on harpsichord released an album on Kojima ALM RECORDS, Johann & Carl Stamitz Orchestral Music of the Manheim School. On this CD Taras conducted Johann Stamitz’s Three Mannheim Symphonies and performed clarinet concertos.
Taras Demchyshyn founded the professional symphony orchestra Beethoven Sinfonietta, in Fukuoka, Japan, 2014. With this orchestra, Taras conducted: Beethoven-Symphony No.9, Mozart-Requiem, Haydn Cello Concerto No.1, Mozart – Symphony No.29, Beethoven – Symphony No.5, Beethoven No.3, Beethoven – Violin Romance No.2and the Weber Concertino.
In December of 2017 at the Fukuoka Bank Hall, Taras conducted the same concert program with the Beethoven Sinfonietta and the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra Chorus Program, which included W.A. Mozart – Requiem KV626 and L.V. Beethoven Symphony No.9 op. 125. Soloists were Yumi Morino, Oleksandra Demchyshyn, Tetsuya Ohno and Denys Vyshnia. In 2016 at PTNA (Piano Teachers National Association of Japan), he conducted Chopin, Mozart – Piano Concertos and the Schumann Piano Concerto with the renowned Japanese pianist Rintaro Akamatsu.
He conducted and performed a charity concert in November of 2016 with the Beethoven Sinfonietta, ‘With Love to Kumamoto’ Mozart – Symphony 29 / basset clarinet concerto / and Beethoven – Violin Romance. Conducted the Kitakyushu Symphony Orchestra, in January of 2017, Shostakovich Symphony No.5 and an orchestral work of his father, Composer Rostyslav Demchshyn, a symphonic poem called Peace.
In February of 2017 he conducted the Kumamoto Symphony Orchestra at the Mashiki City Hall (2016 earthquake zone) a Memorial Concert with an outstanding program of Wagner, Badelt, Tschaikowski, Anderson, Bizet, Elgar and Pachelbel. Conductor Demchyshyn with the Beethoven Sinfonietta, participated in the Kitakyushu International Music Festival ‘Waki Agaru Ongakusai’, in August of 2017. At this festival, he conducted a program of Beethoven – Symphony No.5 and performed Mozart – Clarinet Concerto. I
n February of 2018 Kojima ALM Records released the third CD, Taras was the conductor and clarinet player ‘Love, Love, Love, That is the Soul of a Genius’, orchestral works of Mozart and Beethoven. The program consisted of Mozart – Basset Clarinet Concerto K.622, Mozart – Symphony No.29 K.201 and Beethoven – Romance No.2 with a violin soloist and Concertmistress Asami Takeuchi.
As a clarinet player, he has won a number of international competitions such as the Osaka International Competition Grand Prix in Japan, the Bida International Competition in Ukraine and the Schloss Waldhausen in Germany. Taras has performed in orchestras with legendary conductors as Kurt Sanderling, Valery Gergiev, Radomil Eliska, Radek Baborak, Daniel Barenboim, Ken Ichiro Kobayashi, Daniele Rustioni, Andrea Battistoni, Golo Berg, Alan Buribaev, Tatsuya Shimono, Kazushi Ono, Kazuhiro Koizumi, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, and others.
As a conductor/clarinet player he has released four official CDs and given concerts in the countries of Japan, Spain, Ukraine, and Germany. As a soloist, he’s performed Clarinet Concertos of Mozart, Weber, Copland, Crussell, Mendelssohn, Dimmer and Stamitz. He’s been a clarinet soloist with the professional Japanese orchestras of The Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Kobe in Japan, Hibiki Strings of Japan, Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra in Ukraine among others, under the batons of Conductors Alan Buribaev, Tatsuya Shimono, Golo Berg and Leon Spierer. Occasionally performs concerts conducting orchestras and performing as a solo clarinetist.