Ukrainian Violins Conquer the World

By Worldwide News Ukraine, PRNE
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

KIEV, Ukraine, December 22, 2010 - A Ukrainian violin master from a remote town in the west of the
country makes violins which have already brought him the title of a
Ukrainian Stradivari. His musical instruments can be heard in France,
Hungary, Russia, the USA, Spain, Germany, Mexico, and Italy.

Serhiy Holubokyi made the record number of violins in Ukraine -
280, not including cellos. Most of them have been bought by foreign
professional musicians. Holubokyi's works are rare in the territory of his
own country. In fact, he does not own one himself.

"Since the crisis, the number of orders has recently
decreased. However, I have no intention of expanding the production to lower
the price because it will impact the quality of my work," said
Serhiy Holubokyi in his interview today with WNU. Only now, after 25 years
of work and having made over two hundred violins, does he claim to have
started to head in the right direction.

The master outlined that most of his works are purchased by
professionals, musicians who participate in competitions, and play at
concerts. Therefore, they are more concerned with the sound, not the beauty
of an instrument. Holubokyi is a violinist himself, which adds to his craft.

Another outstanding fact in Holubokyi's biography has to do with the
former President of Ukraine. Serhiy Holubokyi met Viktor Yushchenko,
the President of Ukraine from 2004 to 2009, back in 2003. It was at the
philharmonic concert, and the two men sat next to each other. Back then
Holubokyi made a promise to make a violin for the future president. He
finally got a chance to present his work to Yushchenko in 2006, when he
visited a small town in Western Ukraine. It was Holubokyi's 200th

The craftsman used an old piano to make his first violin. He
described that experience as torture. When the work was finished, the future
violin master burned the instrument. He used books to teach himself to
make violins while studying at Vinnytsia music college. The violin master
from Kyiv, Oleksiy Pykhenko, singled out the young craftsman and gave him
classes on the theory of the craft.

Holubokyi mentioned that among musical instruments the violin is the one
which reaches the ideal of the human voice most closely.

For more information, please contact Maryna Khorunzha +380509151565 news at, Project Manager at Worldwide News Ukraine

will not be displayed