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Solomiya Ivakhiv

About Solomiya


Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv is praised for her “crystal clear and noble sound” (Culture and Life, Ukraine) and acclaimed for her “distinctive charm and subtle profundity” (Daily Freeman, New York). She is celebrated as a soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator, as a champion of new music and as a dedicated educator.
Solomiya Ivakhiv has performed in solo and chamber recitals at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, CBC Glenn Gould Studio, Curtis Institute Field Concert Hall, Italian Academy in New York City, Pickman Hall in Cambridge, MA, San Jose Chamber Music Society, Old First Concerts in San Francisco, Astoria Music Festival (Portland), Tchaikovsky Hall in Kyiv, Concertgebouw Mirror Hall, and at UConn’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.
She has performed concertos with the Istanbul State Symphony, Charleston Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Hunan Symphony Orchestra in China, the AACC, and the Bach Festival Orchestra.
Featured appearances at prestigious national and international chamber music festivals include Tanglewood, The Embassy Series in Washington, Emerson Quartet Festival, Astoria Music Festival, San Jose Chamber Music Society, Newport Music Festival, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, Bach Festival of Philadelphia, The Banff Centre and Ottawa ChamberFest (Canada), Musique de Chambre à Giverny (France), Prussia Cove (England), Verbier Festival and Kammermusik Bodensee (Switzerland), AlpenKammerMusik (Austria), Modern Music “Contrasts” and KyivFest (Ukraine).
Ms. Ivakhiv is Artistic Director and frequent performer at the Institute (MATI) Concert Series in New York City, a position she has held since 2010. Highly sought after as a chamber musician, she frequently collaborates with Roberto Diaz, Steven Isserlis, Philip Setzer, Gilbert Kalish, Colin Carr, Marcy Rosen, Eugene Drucker and other renowned artists. Ms. Ivakhiv has premiered numerous new works for violin, including compositions by David Dzubay, Eli Marshall, David Ludwig, John B. Hedges, Bohdan Kryvopust, Yevhen Stankovych, Bruce Adolphe, and Oleksandr Shchetynsky, among others.

RECORDINGS AND BROADCASTS

In 2019 and 2020, Solomiya Ivakhiv releases three recordings featuring works for violin and orchestra, and violin and piano and orchestra, with the pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi. The first of these albums, “Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin, Piano, and Orchestra; Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D Minor” (Brilliant Classics 95733, released in fall, 2019) features two rarely heard early works by Mendelssohn with the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra, Theodore Kuchar, conductor.
“Concertos for Violin, Piano and Orchestra by Haydn and Hummel” (Centaur), released in spring 2020, pairs works by Franz Joseph Haydn (Concerto for Violin, Piano, and Strings in F major, Hob. XVIII: 6) and Johann Nepomuk Hummel (Concerto for Violin, Piano, and Orchestra in G major, Op. 17) also performed with pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi and the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Theodore Kuchar.
On “Poems and Rhapsodies” (Centaur, released in late 2020), Solomiya Ivakhiv is joined by the National Symphony of Ukraine, conducted by Volodymyr Sirenko. This collection of works includes American Rhapsody by Grammy-award winning composer Kenneth Fuchs, The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Poème symphonique by Ernest Chausson, La Muse et le poète by Camille Saint-Saëns, Carpathian Rhapsody by Myroslav Skoryk, and Poeme by Anatol Kos-Anatolsky.
Ms. Ivakhiv’s debut solo album, “Ukraine: Journey to Freedom – A Century of Classical Music for Violin and Piano”, with pianist Angelina Gadeliya (Labor Records, 2016) was featured in the Top 5 New Classical Releases on the iTunes billboard and was praised in Fanfare Magazine for its “superlative and consummate artistry.”
In addition to these studio recordings, Solomiya Ivakhiv’s performances are regularly broadcast on National Public Radio, Voice of America Radio, WRTI, KUNR, Ukrainian National Radio and Television, Netherland Public Radio and Chinese Hunan Television.
Solomiya Ivakhiv is the recipient of several international honors, including the Sergei Prokofiev and Yaroslav Kocian International Competitions, the Fritz Kreisler and Charles Miller Award from the Curtis Institute of Music, Award from the President of the Ukraine, 2019 Curtis Institute of Music Alumni Award and 2016 New Scholar Award from the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts.
She 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. A dedicated educator, Solomiya Ivakhiv has led master classes and coached chamber music at Yale, Columbia, Penn State, University of Hartford Hartt School of Music, Boston Conservatory, Curtis Summer Fest, University of Maryland, Bard College Prep, SUNY – Fredonia Universities, Oberlin, Guangzhou and Hunan Conservatories in China, and regularly collaborates with high schools in outreach programs throughout the United States. She is a member of the American String Teachers Association-Connecticut Chapter.
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. Ms. Ivakhiv 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.

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