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Officially, our organization is called the Lviv House of Organ and Chamber Music. Too long... That's why we are known in Lviv and beyond as the Lviv Organ Hall (Lviv Concert House - official english vers)).
Concerts are held here, new art projects are launched, and the modern history of Ukrainian music is being created here.
To be a meeting place for the best artistic traditions, what time-tested. Thanks to innovative approaches in the creative industries, the team provides a wide range of offerings and services. We use the synergy effect to revitalize key art ideas in our work with tangible and intangible heritage.
The steady development of the cool concert hall as a creative hub
in the renewed Ukraine after the victory over the Muscovites.
A cultural ecosystem that provides a quality and unique experience, as a result of which emotions and impressions from communication with art remain for a long time.
to introduce, motivate, inspire
in the context of culture and music
to create the image of a cultural city
to develop its tourist potential
Develop organ education
because it is very important
Three ABOUTs of the Lviv Organ Hall
Here we want to briefly and wittily talk about the most important thing.
One of the key concert halls of Lviv, an important center for the development of organ music. It's unique in its musical instrument, the organ, and unique acoustics. Since the end of 2018, a gallery has been opened here. The works of painters, photographers, and collectors are exhibited there. There is a collection of grand pianos dating from the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century in the concert hall. You can see paintings by the famous Secession master Jan Henryk de Rosen that were opened and restored here in 2019.
The Organ Hall became a platform for the collaboration of the arts: music, cinema, fine arts, theater, etc. Famous musicians from Ukraine and the world regularly perform in the concert hall. We are also always looking for young talented performers.
In recent years, dozens of all-Ukrainian and international music projects and festivals have been held in the Organ Hall.
A team of artists and cultural managers who will co-create, changing the cultural landscape of our city and country.
The Organ Hall in strategic partnership with the Galician Music Society and the music agency Collegium Management forms a unique cultural hub with the strategy of popularizing Ukrainian classical music Ukrainian Live implementing large-scale artistic projects of national importance and international cooperation.
History of the building
Lviv Organ Hall on Stepana Bandera Street, 8
The Lviv House of Organ and Chamber Music is located in a 17th-century building, the former Church of Mary Magdalene. It was built by Dominicans outside the city fortifications, where they received land from a patron. During the national liberation struggle led by Bohdan Khmelnytskyi, the monastery was damaged.
In the middle of the 18th century, the church was rebuilt by Martyn Urbanik in the Baroque style and supplemented with towers, and the sculptures were made by Sevastyan Fesinger. Among the sculptures, we see the patron saint of the order - St. Dominic. In the 1780s, a women's prison was placed in the monastery, which operated until 1922.
At the end of the 19th century, the building acquired a modern appearance under the leadership of the outstanding Ukrainian architect Yulian Zakharevych.
In the 20th century, the ensemble of Dominican buildings became part of the Lviv Polytechnic, which carried out a major restoration, and the former monastery was adapted to the needs of the Polytechnic and one of the departments was placed in it. In 1932, the "Gebrüder Rieger" company installed a powerful and innovative pipe organ here.
The largest musical instrument for hundreds of kilometers around
The organ was inaugurated on June 5, 1933. It was produced by the Gebrüder Rieger organ-building company. Before the beginning of the WWII, there were 40 organs and 5 organ workshops in Lviv. Today, there are only four organs in Lviv. The instrument in the Lviv Organ Hall is one of them. After the restoration of the organ by the Czech company "Rieger-Kloss" in the 1960s, the organ received new concert opportunities, becoming one of the best and largest in Eastern Europe.
During its more than 90-year history, it has preserved unique musical qualities and still delights listeners with its powerful and unique sound.
The organ has 60 registers and almost 5 thousand pipes, three manuals. A unique feature of the instrument is the so-called Fernwerk, a 12-register organ located at the opposite end of the hall (and is actually the fourth manual). The organ hall plans to restore the Fernwerk in the near future.
Soloists-organists Nadiya Velychko, Svitlana Pozdnysheva, Olena Matselyukh, Mark Novakovych, Vitalii Dvorovyi, and Olha Striletska give up plenty of concerts every month, constantly delighting listeners with new programs and interesting musical projects. Since 2010, the annual Lviv International Organ Festival has been held there, the guests of which are the best organists of Ukraine and the world.
Famous organists such as Ula Krigul, Bernard Struber, Johann Trummer, Jean-Marie Leroy, Olha Dmytrenko, Denis Wilke, Stefan Donner, Thomas Mellan, Michal Szostak, Liga Deus, Michael Grill, Josef Kratochvill, Edmund Boritz-Andler, Volodymyr Koshuba, Petro Sukhotsky, Valeriya Balakhovska, Natalia Moldavan, Stanislav Kalinin, Olha Zhukova, Olga Chundak and many others played here.
A place of synergy of image and sound
The Organ Hall Gallery is a unique place that demonstrates the synergy of different types of art. Every month you can see a new author's exhibition here: painting, photo art, historical documents, and even a collection of butterflies. Each exposition is thought out to the smallest detail, united by a big idea, and quite often — supplemented by other performances of the Organ Hall.
Each element of the exhibition is highlighted separately thanks to niches and special lighting. Aesthetics in detail is the most important thing for us.
The only criterion for selecting projects for exhibition in the Organ Hall Gallery is high artistic quality. More than ten thousand people visit the Organ Hall every month.
The Organ Hall Gallery is open for collaboration with artists and collectors.
The exhibition is working from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day.
Paintings by Rosen
Cozy chamber space and not only that
The unique paintings, the author of which is the famous artist of the 20th century, Jan Henryk de Rosen, were discovered after being forgotten in 2019. They are dated 1931.
This is the third "Rosen" place in Lviv.
During Soviet times, the paintings were covered with tiles and painted with plaster. That place was turned into toilets. Probing the walls in the restrooms showed that paintings were buried under layers of lime, paint, and tiles.
Restoration work was carried out by a Ukrainian-Polish group of restorers. Today, Rosen's paintings are open for viewing. Chamber concerts and lectures are held in this space.