“The artistic image of Vasylenko – conductor is attractive for me by the width of his musical views, careful attention to singers, bright figurativeness and dramatic interpretation of opera scores”
“It has always been a real pleasure to work with this conductor. He has a wonderful professional gesture. He is very attentive to singers and possesses an excellent feeling of musical phrase. It is easy to work with him, he is open to any interesting proposals of a soloist and, as a conductor and musician he always has something to say in reply. Working with him is a real creativity process”
“I paid attention to Vasyl Vasylenko during his training in the Bolshoy Theatre in Moscow at the courses of the famous maestros Mr Eugeniy Svetlanov and Mr Fuat Mansurov. I was not able to imagine then that later on I will get to know this Ukrainian conductor not only as a gifted musician who has staged a lot of brilliant productions in the theatres of Donetsk and Odessa, but also as a distinguished public figure, talented organizer and enlightener-enthusiast. I’d like to make a special emphasis on the two successful initiatives realized by Vasyl Vasylenko – the S. Prokofiev Charity Foundation set up by him and the International Festival of Opera Art named “The Golden Crown” in Odessa which for the period of five years has become an interesting event of musical life not only in the Ukraine, but also in CIS”.
The President of the International Union of Musicians, the People’s Artist of the Soviet Union, the Hero of the Socialist Labour, the Laureate of the Lenin Award , the Laureate of the State Awards of Russia, Academician
“I took part a lot of times in opera performances directed by Vasyl Vasylenko. It has always been a real pleasure to work with this conductor. He has a wonderful professional gesture. He is very attentive to singers and has an excellent feeling of a musical phrase. It is easy to work with him, he is open to any interesting proposal of a soloist and as a conductor and musician he has always had what to say in reply. To work with him means a real creativity process, which is not always possible to say about his colleagues. His distinguished abilities as an organizer of a creative process can a rouse the feeling of admiration ”
The first Vice-President of the International Union of Musicians The People’s Artist of the USSR, Academician