About us

The Ukrainian National Children Chorus Pearls of Odessa was founded by Larisa Garbuz in 1984.

Since that time it has been given more than 1600 concerts in different countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, the Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Mauritius & Reunion Islands, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and Ukraine itself.

The chorus appears on radio stations, television programmes as well as in the shows and musical programmes in different countries. Also, the chorus take part regularly in the performances of Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera & Ballet: Nutcracker, Carmen, Floria Tosca, Turandot, Queen of Spades, Carmina Burana, Dido and Aeneas, "Snow White and Seven Dwarfs" and others.

Larisa Garbuz. Artistic Director and Conductor.

Graduated from Odessa State Academy of Music as choir conductor in class of Professor Leonid Butenko.
In 1984 Larisa has founded the Ukrainian National Children Chorus Pearls of Odessa based in Children Musical School #1, where she is Chief of chorus department.
Since 1995, she is choir master of the children's choir in Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Larisa has got many awards and diplomas for the highest professionalism as the best conductor of the choir for different competitions and festivals.
Marvelous, this choir can sing all around the world. One of the best choruses that we'd ever heard since a long time, expressed a journalist for the BBC.

There are 80 children in the chorus, from 10 to 18 years old. Every child studies in secondary schools as well as in musical schools in Odessa. Some of them play several musical instruments. Every day of the week, exercise sessions are scheduled at the choral head office. For each tour, selection of 30-35 children, instrumentalists and accompanists, is made.
The repertoire of the chorus is very various: Ukrainian folklore, classical and contemporary works, religious orthodox songs, Christmas songs and many others. As a present for the foreign public, chorus prepares and performs several songs in the language of the country chorus visits. Often chorus sings accompanied by the Odessa Musical Academy Orchestra and Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra under direction of Igor Shavruk. The chorus has already recorded several CD disks: Ukrainian Folk Songs, Various Classical and Modern Songs, Christmas Songs as well as various DVD disks.

Our chorus is the winner of many International Competitions and Festivals.

1991 - the honoured guest at the Choral Festival (Malta)
1997 - prize-winner of XXIV International competition (Varna, Bulgaria)
2000 - prize-winner of International competition "South Palmira" (Ukraine)
2001: the winner of the VIII International competition of the association Musica Mundi (Budapest, Hungary) in the categories: Children's choirs & Folklore, the name "The best children choir of Europe" and the winner of Christmas international competition (Prague, Czech)
2003: prize-winner of VIII International Competition (Tallinn, Estonia) and silver medal of International competition named after Brams (Wernigerode, Germany)
2007 - the winner at 55th competition of Polyphonic music "Guido d'Arezzo" in nomination "Folklore" (Italy)

2008: prize-winner of the International competition "Mozart in Prague" (Czech Republic) and participant of World Folk Song Festival (Beijing, China)
2010: prize winner of International Musical Festival (Wales, UK) and participant of International Children's Choir Festival "World Vision" (Seoul, Korea)
2011: Two 1st places on Llangollen Eisteddfod of music and dance (Wales, UK)
Participant of III Choral International Festival (non-competitive) in Aveyron (France)
Participant and host choir of International Spring Choral Festival "Vivat, Odessa!"
2012: 1st place of X European Festival"Giuseppe Zeliolo" (Lecco, Italy)
1st place in nomination "Sacred" and 2nd place in nomination "Folk" of II International Choir Competition (Freamunde, Portugal)
2013: Winter concert tour: Spain, France and Italy
Participation in III Spring Open Competition "Melodious Gem" & "Bel Canto" (Odessa, Ukraine)

2014: Grand Prize and Audience Award in International Competition of Children Choirs in Paris, France. Concerts in Amsterdam, Netherlands (21-31 March)
29 April 2014:
Jubilee concert (30 years) in Odessa National Opera House
2015: Spring concert tour on Sicilia (Italy). European Peace Concert (Germany)
Concert tour on Sicilia, Italy
European Peace Concert in Germany
2016 - Prize winner of I Ukrainian junior competition of vocal and choral art "Pearls of my country" in memory of Anatoly Avdiyevsky
1st place of European Festival of Youth Choirs "Giuseppe Zelioli" in Lecco, Italy
2017 - Prize winner of XII Sacred music festival Silver bells in Daugavpils, Latvia (categories: Children's choirs & Folklore)
Participant of 2nd Leonardo Da Vinci International Choral Festival in Florence, Italy
2018 - 2nd place in International Choral Festival Wales. Category - Young voices (Cardiff, Great Britain). Prize winner of Festival International de la Voix (France)


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