The ensemble of dulcimer players ”ULYBKA” (”The Smile”) was created in 1994 by Larissa Levkovich, music teacher of the Musical College attached to the Belorussian Academy of Music (the city of Minsk, the Republic of Belarus).
It is represented by the children of the highest musical talent, who shows an unique level of performance, mastering the exotic instruments. The ensemble is unique not only because it is represented by rare musical instruments, which are played virtuously by the girls but as Italian and German papers write, because a lot of famous orchestras of the world could envy their repertoire offered by the ensemble to their listeners.
The constant accompanist, author of the majority of the arrangements is Olga Levkovich – graduate of the Belorussian Academy of Music (piano), laureate of the International competition in Greate Britain (2010).
We would like to cooperate in the field of culture with all the countries of the world and in this way to enrich and propagate our culture.
Achievements, participation in competitions, festivals:
”The Smile” is the unique children's group of Belarus which had the honour of having a meeting with Pope Johann Paul Second personally in Rome for our contribution to the strengthening of international cultural connections (2000).
repeated victories in international competitions and festivals, including the Grand Prix and Senator award - in 2001(Poland), Polish Minister of Culture Award (2007), I prize and the Gold Medal at the International Competition in the UK (2010), I prize at the International Internet-contest in 2011 and others – certify the musical level of the group.
The ensemble grew up a number of multiple winners and the owners of the Grand Prizes of the national and international competitions. Most of them are numerous scholarship holders of the President`s Fund supporting talented youth. Moreover, recently Alexandra Denisenya the winner of 10 international competitions had the honour to represent our country on prestigious competition of young musicians “Eurovision-2012” (Vein) and got to the final tour.
The ensemble has intensive charitable and concert activity (Italy, France, Austria, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Lithuania, UK and others)
The repertoire of the ensemble is very vast and various: it consists of classical and modern music, jazz, country-music and dances and songs of the nationalities of the world as well.