Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv has quickly earned a reputation for performing with “distinctive charm and subtle profundity” (Daily Freeman, New York) and a “crystal clear and noble sound” (Culture and Life, Ukraine). Known for her work as a soloist and chamber musician, she regularly appears on solo concert series in North America, Europe, and Asia, and has been featured at prestigious chamber music festivals including Tanglewood, Ottawa Chamberfest, and Newport Music Festival. Her performances are often broadcast on National Public Radio, Voice of America Radio, WRTI, KUNR, Ukrainian National Radio and Television, and Chinese Hunan Television.
The 2016-2017 season will include solo appearances with Pioneer Valley Symphony, University of Connecticut and Brown University Orchestras, Symphony City Orchestra of Virginia Beach, Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, and University of Connecticut Wind Ensemble, as well as solo recitals and chamber concerts at Nevada Chamber Music Festival, San Jose Chamber Music Society, Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Concert Hall, Field Curtis Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, Esber Hall at Pennsylvania State University and Old First Concerts in San Francisco. Recent past concert seasons featured Ms. Ivakhiv with the Istanbul State Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Lviv Philharmonic, Kyiv Camerata and performing at Merkin Concert Hall, the Italian Academy, Carnegie Hall, CBC Glenn Gould Studio, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Pickman Hall in Cambridge, Piano Forte Foundation in Chicago, the Virtuosi Festival, Syrinx Concert Series in Toronto, St. Sophia Cathedral and Tchaikovsky Hall in Kyiv.
Ms. Ivakhiv’s debut solo album, Ukraine: Journey to Freedom – A Century of Classical Music for Violin and Piano, recorded with Ukrainian pianist Angelina Gadeliya, released on Labor Records (NAXOS) on February 12, 2016, and was featured in the Top 5 New Classical Releases on the iTunes billboard. Recent performances featuring music from the CD have been held and well received in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Denver. “The superlative and consummate artistry of Ivakhiv and Gadeliya is a wonder to behold, and these two women must be considered major artists of our time. ” (David DeBoor Canfield, Fanfare Magazine).
In North America, Ms. Ivakhiv has performed solo recitals at CBC Glenn Gould Studio, the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, the Kiawah Arts Series, and Embassy Series, in addition to solo appearances with the Charleston Symphony, Henderson Symphony Orchestra (Nevada), International Symphony Orchestra and Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), University of Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and Civic Orchestra of New Haven. Internationally, she has performed extensively in her native Ukraine with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, where she debuted at the age of 12, the Lviv Virtuosos Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Kyiv Camerata, Chernihiv Symphony Orchestra, and in China with the Hunan Symphony Orchestra.
Highly sought as a chamber musician, Ms. Ivakhiv frequently collaborates with such renowned artists as Gary Graffman, Roberto Diaz, Steven Isserlis, Philip Setzer, Gilbert Kalish, Colin Carr, Melvin Chen and Eugene Drucker. She has been featured in many national and international chamber music festivals including Tanglewood, Embassy Series, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, and Newport Music Festival (U.S.), Ottawa Chamberfest (Canada), Prussia Cove (England), Musique de Chambre à Giverny (France), AlpenKammerMusik (Austria) and Kammermusik Bodensee (Switzerland). Since 2010, she has been Artistic Director of Music at the Institute (MATI) Concert Series in New York City, where she is also a frequent performer. Ms. Ivakhiv is a founding member of an Ensemble in Residence (piano trio) at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City.
Ms. Ivakhiv’s musical passion is also evident in her commitment to teaching. For over a decade, she has conducted masterclasses and chamber music coachings at Yale University, Columbia University, Boston Conservatory, University of Maryland, Penn State, University of Hartford Hartt School, Temple University Music Preparatory Division, Curtis SummerFest, and Guangzhou and Hunan Conservatories in China, and she taught at New York Summer Music Festival (NYSMF) in Oneonta and AlpenKammerMusik (Austria). She also regularly collaborates with high schools in outreach programs throughout the United States. Her innovative youth-friendly programming at MATI is designed to bring music to younger generations of concert goers.
An avid proponent of contemporary classical music, Ms. Ivakhiv frequently collaborates with composers. She has premiered several new works for violin, including Three Songs for Henie by American composer Eli Marshall, Capriccio by Ukrainian composer Bohdan Kryvopust, and Violin Concerto No. 2 and Angels’ Touch by Ukrainian composer Yevhen Stankovych. Angel’s Touch, written specifically for Ms. Ivakhiv, was premiered in Carnegie Hall during the 2013-2014 season. An Episode in the Life of the Poet, by Ukrainian composer Oleksandr Shchetynsky, which was also written for Ms. Ivakhiv, premiered at Merkin Hall during the 2014-2015 season and is featured on her debut CD, Ukraine: Journey to Freedom – A Century of Classical Music for Violin and Piano. She will premiere David Dzubay’s new work, Rapprochement, at the University of Connecticut in March 2017, and Bruce Adolphe’s new piece, Solo for Solomiya – Fantasia Krushelnytska, at Merkin Hall, also in March 2017.
Ms. 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 and 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.