Who’s who ?
The Board of Directors for AIDA comprises a dynamic team where creative and administrative personnel have the same desire to share: to share experiences, knowledge and expertise to ensure the association’s projects are well thought-out and run.
Mykhailo Kulyniak | President
A violinist by training, this Ukrainian musician from the Kiev Music Academy began his career in the prestigious Red Army Choir, before promoting his country’s culture as Ukraine’s Minister of Culture from 2010 to 2012. During his time as minister, his projects where were aimed at modernising Ukraine’s cultural policy for further Euro-integration, were recognised as being the most revolutionary since Ukraine independence.
The best illustration of the effectiveness of his policy was the mounting of a big exhibition by Ukrainian Baroque sculptor Jogan Pinzel at the Louvre Museum in Paris (Nov.2012-Feb.2013). He was also behind the organisation and patronage of the first International Biennial Contemporary Art event, ‘Arsenale’, in Kiev (June-July 2012) and introducing contemporary dance to the stage at the National Opera in Kiev. He achieved this by inviting Denis Matvienko to be the artistic director to introduce Ukrainian contemporary composers to the public by promoting new trends in choreography.
Now a Monegasque resident, Mykhailo Kuliniak has not forgotten his roots and is still passionate about music for its beautiful melodies and the scope of its heritage as the common ground uniting the two communities. He is also a staunch defender of the wealth of Slavic arts culture in all its forms, Ukrainian in particular, which he wants to introduce to the world through shows and exhibitions to encourage a dynamic common to all nations.
Calypso de Sigaldi | Vice-president
Born into one of the oldest Monegasque families, Calypso is also a descendant of a line of artists who embraced contemporary means of expression. Her grand-mother, Emma de Sigaldi (1910/2010) was one of the great sculptors of her era. After a first career as a Prima Ballerina in the Munich Opera where she revolutionised established codes with her affiliation to the expressionist trend, she joined the Bauhaus movement and then trained as a sculptor.
Her father, Fabien de Sigaldi (1934/2005), was a talented illustrator in Paris working in the world of fashion and advertising, which at the time was a favourite playground for those who succeeded in getting illustration recognised as a major art form. With such a diverse cultural background in her family, it was only natural that Calypso should turn to a form of artistic expression from her generation, fashion photography, before moving into art photography. She started as a privileged spectator during her modelling career, then became a photographers’ agent before picking up a camera herself in 2006. Since then, she has been expressing her view of society in a series of exhibitions (galleries and museums) where her experience of the fashion world remains palpable. A big fan of Pop Art, she is an ardent supporter of the move to gain recognition for applied arts as a Major Art form, as the former are often the first to attract new converts into becoming art lovers, thereby opening them to culture.
Mykhailo Kuliniak and Calypso de Sigaldi want to pool their different approaches and arts cultures to enrich a core curriculum with the aim being always to foster a sharing dynamic between nations and people.
Jeanne Kostenko | Tresurer
An art lover to the core of all forms of art and wife of the manager of the Monaco jewellery brand ‘Kalina’ which draws all nationalities, she is particularly active in the community and involved in cultural exchanges.
Jeanne Kostenko brings her administrative skills to AIDA to ensure projects are well run.
Frederic Garcin | Director of memberships
In parallel of his role at AIDA, Frédéric is President at Monte Carlo Superieur Capital perpetuating a 4 generations old family tradition of real estate investments in and around Monaco. He is also a director at a Zurich based Family Office focusing on alternative and liquid investments.
Previously in London, as a principal at Argenthal Private Capital, Frédéric developed private equity projects with his brother François after gaining experience as a European sales manager at Structured Retail Products ltd advising in particular regulators, among which the AMF. Prior to this, he was a strategic analyst in Milan for a merger project in the field of health insurance for which he received the first prize of Financial Performance from the French Ministry of Foreign Trade. Frédéric studied in Prépa HEC, at Bocconi in Milan and holds a master’s degree in business from Sciences Po Paris. Frédéric speaks French, English, German, and Italian and his passions are philanthropy and art. Frederic actively participates in the Monegasque artistic and philanthropic agenda.
Lessia Oliinyk | our representative in Ukraine
Art Historian. Doctor of Philosophy.Vice-Rector at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine on scientific and creative work and foreign relations. Secretary of the National Union of Composers of Ukraine on Foreign Relations. The Secretary General of the National Committee of Ukraine of the International Music Council (IMC). Member of the National Committee of Ukraine for UNESCO. Co-founder and board member of the International NGO “New Music Association”.
The representative of Ukraine in the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation (1997-1999). Artistic Director of the International Festival “Musical Dialogues”. Creator and organizer of the international project “Musical Dialogues”, running since 1991 to this day in cooperation with the embassies accredited in Ukraine. Co-founder of the International Festival of Contemporary Art “Two Days and Two Nights of New Music” (Odessa). Co-organizer of several international music competitions and festivals. Author of scientific books and publications. As a music journalist and critic, she is the author of over 200 articles and more than 700 radio and television programs, including ones for the “Free Europe” radio station. Music producer of a number of CDs and CDRs. Honoured Artist of Ukraine. She was awarded the Order of St. Barbara Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Alexander Bazhenov | our representative in Germany
Born in 1969, his father is the distinguished violin professor, Anatol Bazhenov (Kiev). He started his musical training at a very young age from 1976 to 1987 at the Ukraine Ministry of Culture’s Special Music School and at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Professor O. Krysa, assistant to David Oistrakh, and Professor A. Korsakov, assistant to Leonid Kogan. He completed his post-graduate education at the Ukrainian Academy of Music where he became a music teacher.
From 1988-1990 he assisted Professor Shirinsky at the Moscow Conservatory, then Professor Bazhenov from 1992-1993 at the Ukrainian Academy. Meanwhile, he successfully completed his diplomas and State exams as a violinist (soloist and quartet), the State qualification, and his diploma to teach violin. From 1992 he performed as a soloist and chamber musician as a member of the Ukrainian Lysenko Quartet. From 1994 to 2004 he was a member of the Beethoven and Bonn Philharmonic Orchestras. In 1997 he founded the Prometheus Quartett for strings in Cologne which he manages and plays first violin. Since September 2003 he has been director of the Cultural Education Institute. Alexander Bazhenov performs in concert tours throughout Europe, the USA, Japan, Turkey and Korea, and has appeared on TV programmes and recordings in Germany, Ukraine, Finland, Russia and The Netherlands.
Alain Sarfatti | Correspondent in the USA and Asia
Based in Shanghai since seven years, Alain Sarfatti has spent most of his professional career outside of France, his native country... and especially in the USA, a country where he became a citizen. For over 30 years he has been associated with various International Business Clubs, including his own one in California, all vested in the defence of a certain Lifestyle.
Thanks to this very international route, he defines himself as a world citizen who has spent his life promoting the European traditions, its culture and arts. Through his involvement with AIDA, Alain Sarfatti, wants to build a bridge between Asia and Europe in order to boost cultural exchanges between two continents that prove, through their current trade, how much everyone is hungry for a better knowledge of each other.