A guest master class by Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin.
“Distinctive charm and subtle profundity” (Daily Freeman, NY) with a “crystal clear and noble sound” (Culture and Life, Ukraine) are the hallmark of Ukrainian-born Solomiya Ivakhiv, accomplished concert violinist, chamber musician, collaborator, educator, and champion of contemporary classical music.
Beginning with a solo debut with the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine at age 12, Ms. Ivakhiv has been in much demand, making solo appearances with the Istanbul State Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Kyiv Camerata, Lviv Philharmonic, Hunan Symphony Orchestra and Charleston Symphony, as well as performing solo recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, CBC Glenn Gould Studio, and the Tchaikovsky Hall in Kyiv. She has also been featured at many prestigious national and international festivals both as a soloist and chamber musician including Tanglewood, Embassy Series, Newport Music Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, Prussia Cove, Musique de Chambre à Giverny, and Verbier Festival and Kammermusik Bodensee. Artistic Director and also frequent performer at the Music Institute Concert Series (MATI) since 2010, she is also a founding member of an ensemble in residence at the Ukrainian Institute of America, both in New York City.
Ms. Ivakhiv’s performances are often broadcast on National Public Radio, Voice of America Radio, Ukrainian National Radio and Television, and Chinese Hunan Television.
Her debut solo album, Ukraine: Journey to Freedom – A Century of Classical Music for Violin and Piano, released on Labor Records (NAXOS) on February 12, 2016, was featured in the Top 5 New Classical Releases on the iTunes billboard. Performing with “superlative and consummate artistry… [Ivakhiv] must be considered [one of the] major artists of our time.” (David DeBoor Canfield, Fanfare Magazine).
As a chamber musician, she frequently collaborates with such renowned artists as Gary Graffman, Roberto Diaz, Steven Isserlis, Philip Setzer, Gilbert Kalish, Colin Carr, Melvin Chen, Marcy Rosen and Eugene Drucker. Her passion to promote new music has led Ms. Ivakhiv to commission and collaborate with composers, premiering new works by David Ludwig, and pieces which have been written especially for her, including works by David Dzubay, Bruce Adolphe, John B Hedges, Eli Marshall, Bohdan Kryvopust, Yevhen Stankovych, and Oleksandr Shchetynsky.
Dedicated to music education, Ms. Ivakhiv frequentlyconducts master classes and chamber music coachings, including at Yale and Columbia University, Penn State, University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music, Boston Conservatory, Curtis SummerFest, University of Maryland, Bard College Prep, Guangzhou and Hunan Conservatories in China, and regularly collaborates with high schools in outreach programs throughout the United States.
International honors and awards, include the Sergei Prokofiev and Yaroslav Kocian International Competitions, the Fritz Kreisler and Charles Miller Award from the Curtis Institute of Music, the Award from the President of the Ukraine, and the 2016 New Scholar Award from the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts.
Ms. Ivakhiv is assistant professor of violin and viola and head of strings at the University of Connecticut and professor of violin at Longy School of Music of Bard College. She graduated with honors from Curtis Institute of Music, where she was concertmaster of both the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and studied with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank and the late Rafael Druian. She received her Master of Music degree from M. Lysenko Music Academy in Lviv, Ukraine, studying with Oresta Kohut, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Pamela Frank and Philip Setzer.
“It’s not often that an audience gives a standing ovation after the first movement of a concerto...,” but an impassioned performance by violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto “…twice brought the audience to their feet.” – Times Herald-Record.
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