On Saturday, December 3, 2011, Music at the Institute presented a concert Self Portrait/Autobiography in Art and Music. Works by Bach, Stankovich, and Brahms performed by violinists Solomiya Ivakhiv, Philip Setzer, Mark Holloway,  cellist Michael Haas, and clarinetist Victoria Luperi.  The Art of Katia Setzer was featured at the event.

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Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv has quickly earned a reputation for performing with “a distinctive charm and subtle profundity…” (Daily Freeman). Born in Ukraine, she made her debut with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of thirteen and has won top prizes in competitions including the Sergei Prokofiev Competition, Fritz Kreisler Charles Miller Award from the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Award from the President of Ukraine. Ms. Ivakhiv has performed at major festivals, including Steamboat Springs in Colorado, Musique de Chambre à Giverny in France, and Prussia Cove in England, and her performances have aired on National Public Radio, Voice of America Radio, Ukrainian National Radio and Television, and China’s Hunan Television. As a chamber musician, Ms. Ivakhiv collaborates with many of today’s finest artists, including Joseph Silverstein, Claude Frank, and Steven Isserlis. Ms. Ivakhiv regularly performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, and as guest concertmaster with the Fresno Philharmonic and Augusta Symphony. Graduate of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music, Ms. Ivakhiv also holds a Doctorate of Music Arts Degree from SUNY Stony Brook. Her principal teachers have been Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, the late Rafael Druian, and Philip Setzer.

Violinist Philip Setzer, founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and began studying violin at the age of five with his parents, both former violinists in the Cleveland Orchestra. He continued his studies with Josef Gingold and Rafael Druian, and later at the Juilliard School with Oscar Shumsky. In 1967, Mr. Setzer won second prize at the Marjorie Merriweather Post Competition in Washington, D.C., and in 1976 received a Bronze Medal at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels. He has appeared with the National Symphony, Aspen Chamber Symphony (David Robertson, conductor), Memphis Symphony (Michael Stern), New Mexico and Puerto Rico Symphonies (Guillermo Figueroa), Omaha and Anchorage Symphonies (David Loebel), and on several occasions with the Cleveland Orchestra (Louis Lane). He has also participated in the Marlboro Music Festival. Mr. Setzer has been a regular faculty member of the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshops at Carnegie Hall and the Jerusalem Music Center. His article about those workshops appeared in The New York Times on the occasion of Isaac Stern’s 80th birthday celebration. He also teaches as Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at SUNY Stony Brook. The Noise of Time, a groundbreaking theater collaboration between the Emerson Quartet and Simon McBurney–about the life of Shostakovich–was based on an original idea of Mr. Setzer’s. Recently, Mr. Setzer has also been touring and recording the piano trios of Schubert and Mendelssohn with David Finckel and Wu Han.

Violist Mark Holloway is a chamber musician increasingly sought after within the U.S. and abroad. He has appeared at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals, such as Marlboro, Ravinia, Caramoor, Banff, Taos, Music from Angel Fire, Mainly Mozart, Musique de Chambre à Giverny, the Festival Internacional de Música de Cartagena in Colombia, and at the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, England.  Ongoing activities include the Jupiter Chamber Players and playing as a guest with the N.Y. Philharmonic, Orpheus, and the American Symphony, where he has been guest principal violist. Hailed as an “outstanding violist” by the American Record Guide, he has recorded for CMS Live, Albany, and Naxos Records.  A member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two, Mr. Holloway studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and Boston University.

Cellist Michael Haas is an experienced performer of chamber and orchestral music, frequently appearing in New York City and across the country. He is the cellist of the Momenta Quartet, which often premieres new works for string quartet and recently won the prestigious commission grant from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation. Michael is also the cellist of Silver Roots, a trio that focuses on mixing classical music with folk and world music traditions. Most recently, Michael has performed at the Society for Ethical Culture, Alice Tully Hall, and The Kennedy Center. Mr. Haas is a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Princeton Symphony. Mr. Haas is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Juilliard School, where he studied with David Soyer, Peter Wiley, Joel Krosnick, and Darrett Adkins.

Clarinetist Victoria Luperi is the principal clarinetist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Caminos del Inka Ensemble. She previously served as principal with the Winnipeg Symphony and performed as a guest with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony. An active chamber musician, Ms. Luperi has performed at Marlboro, the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, the Academie Musicale Villecroze in France, and she has been featured on NPR Performance Today and on CBC Radio. Ms. Luperi is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, where she studied with Donald Montanaro. Ms. Luperi is a Vandoren and Buffet-Crampon USA Performing Artist and currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Texas Christian University and the University of Texas, Austin.

Artist Katia Setzer was born in South Orange, New Jersey. She attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine, spending Spring 2009 abroad in Florence, Italy. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in both Art and English.  She currently attends the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and plans to graduate in 2013 with a Master of Fine Arts. Katia has had experience with the administrative side of art as well, including internships at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Colby College’s Museum of Art, and at the Stony Brook Film Festival in Stony Brook, New York. She has shown her work in the Lower Jetté Galleries of the Colby College Museum of Art.  This show at the Ukrainian Institute is Katia’s first public exhibition.

“Music at the Institute” was sponsored by the Ukrainian Institute of America.