Guitar movement in Ukraine at the beginning of the XXIst century

UDC 787.61:7801

Kostyantyn Chechenya

National Pedagogical Drahomanov University, Kyiv.

ORCID 0000-0001-9284-2747


Keywords: guitar art, Association of Guitarists, competition, festival, pedagogue.

Abstract. The article studies the development of guitar art in Ukraine at the beginning of the XXIst century. This topic is virtually not researched in domestic musicology. All the research is primarily devoted to pan-European trends or regional school.

For the first time, this study analyzes various aspects of the activity of the Guitarists Association of the NUMU (National All-Ukrainian Music Union) presenting historical material on the formation of guitar art in Ukraine, and information on outstanding musicians of the past.

Factual material on the history of the National All-Ukrainian Music Union and the Association of Guitarists as its creative center has been gathered. The article traces the development of the guitar movement in Ukraine at the beginning of the new century from the First All-Ukrainian Festival-Competition of Guitar Art of Valery Petrenko to the presentday events. It emphasizes ways of development of competitive activity, the case of Oleg Stefaniuk Open Competition of Music Masters (2019), online competitions of performers “Guitar Play” and competition “Compoguitar”.

The only specialized magazine Guitar in Ukraine, published regularly since 2008, facilitates the promotion of the guitar art.

Hence, the active and diverse activities of Guitarists Association of the NUMU have significantly contributed to the development of Ukrainian guitar art in the performing and academic-pedagogical aspect.

Author Biography.

Kostyantyn Chechenya, Ph.D. (Art History), Professor, National Pedagogical Drahomanov University, Kyiv.


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Published: November 19, 2020.

Vol 19 No 1 (2021).