Archive for April, 2013


On Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the Ukrainian Institute of America, Music at the Institute (MATI) presented a Special Event – “RISING STARS OF TOMORROW FROM THE CURTIS OPERA THEATER.”

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world’s leading conservatories, Curtis provides its 165 students with personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. The school’s distinctive “learn by doing” approach has produced an impressive number of notable artists since its founding in 1924. Curtis’s innovative programs encourage students to perform often and hone 21st-century musical skills. Curtis’s facilities offer superb spaces for music-making, as well as state-of-the-art technologies to enhance learning. Students perform internationally with Curtis On Tour, in addition to more than 150 performances in and around Philadelphia each year. When they graduate, they become musical leaders, making a profound impact on music around the globe.

The Curtis Opera Theatre, under the artistic direction of Mikael Eliasen, works with established professional directors and designers to create fresh interpretations of standard repertoire and contemporary works. All of Curtis’s 25 voice and opera students are cast repeatedly each season, receiving a rare level of performance experience. As a result Curtis graduates have sung with opera companies all over the world, including La Scala, Covent Garden, the Vienna Staatsoper, Houston Grand Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera.


Soprano ANNA DAVIDSON, from Los Angeles, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2009 and studies in the opera program with Marlena Kleinman Malas. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full-tuition scholarships, and Ms. Davidson is the Lee Shlifer Annual Fellow. For the Curtis Opera Theatre, she performed the roles of Thérèse and Son in Les mamelles de Tirésias, Sofia in Il signor Bruschino, Rooster/Jay in The Cunning Little Vixen, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Lisa in La sonnambula, and she was a member of the chorus in Idomeneo, Antony and Cleopatra and The Rake’s Progress. Her other credits include Carmen (Frasquita) and L’incoronazione di Poppea (Fortuna) for the Chautauqua Institution, and The Long Christmas Dinner (Leonora) for the Juilliard School. Ms. Davidson has also appeared as a soloist with Juilliard’s chamber ensemble Musica Sequenza and in Bachiana brasileiras No. 5 at the Chautauqua Institution. Ms. Davidson has attended the International Vocal Arts Institute, Chautauqua Institution, and University of Miami Frost School of Music at Salzburg. In 2009 she received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Ms. Malas. In addition to music, Ms. Davidson enjoys drawing and painting.

Mezzo-soprano LAUREN PEARL EVERWEIN, from Calgary, Alberta, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2011 and studies with distinguished faculty member, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full-tuition scholarships and Ms. Eberwein is the Carol S. and Howard L. Lidz Fellow. With the Curtis Opera Theatre, Ms. Eberwein sang the title role in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Zweite Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. In 2011 she was a featured artist on Minnesota Public Radio’s Varsity contest. She sang Ralph Vaughan William’s Silent Noon. In 2010, she was awarded first place at the Annual Minnesota Music Teachers Association voice competition hosted by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Ms. Eberwein began piano lessons at age ten and vocal lessons at age fifteen. In the past, she has studied with Robin Helgen and Dale Kruse. In 2009, she attended the Eastman School of Music Summer Institute. Ms. Eberwein has been a member of the Minnesota Opera’s Project Opera Chorus. In 2011, she was awarded an apprenticeship and she sang the role of Mother in Hanz Werner Henze’s Pollicino as part of the Minnesota Opera’s Project Opera. When not performing, Ms. Eberwein enjoys the outdoors and pursues a life of exploration and joy. In the future, she hopes to travel and experience various cultures around the world.

Tenor CHRISTOPHER TIESI, from Sarasota, Fla., entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2009 and studies in the opera program with Marlena Kleinman Malas. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full-tuition scholarships, and Mr. Tiesi is the Lelia A. Wike Fellow. For the Curtis Opera Theatre, he has performed the roles of Florville and Bruschino junior in Il signor Bruschino, Lacouf and Journalist in Les mamelles de Tirésias, Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra, Elvino in La sonnambula, Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, and he was a member of the chorus in The Cunning Little Vixen. Mr. Tiesi was a Philadelphia District winner in the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In 2009 he performed in the New York Festival of Song with Steven Blier. He attended the Chautauqua Institution from 2005 to 2009. Mr. Tiesi began singing at eight years old as a boy soprano. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where his credits included Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio) and Aaron Copland’s Tender Land (Martin).

Baritone JAMEZ McCORKLE, from New Orleans, entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012 and studies with Ruth Falcon. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full-tuition scholarships, and Mr. McCorkle is the Florence Kirk Keppel Fellow. Mr. McCorkle began piano lessons at age four and voice lessons at age seventeen. Prior to attending Curtis, he attended Mannes College The New School for Music and Loyola University New Orleans. He has also attended several summer programs, including I Sing Beijing, Houston Grand Opera Young Artists’ Vocal Academy, The Music Academy of the West, and the International Vocal Arts Institute. Mr. McCorkle has won top awards in several competitions, including the 2012 National Opera Association Vocal Competition (second place), the 2011 Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Competition (finalist), the 2011 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition (semi-finalist), the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Gulf Coast Region (second place), and the 2010 S. Livingston Mather Scholarship Competition (first place). Mr. McCorkle has performed in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Betto) at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Israel, Les mamelles de Tirésias (le directeur) at Loyola University, and Il barbiere di Siviglia (Fiorello) at the Music Academy of the West. Mr. McCorkel has studied with Phillis Treigle, Kristen Marchiafava, Philip Frohnmayer, and Ruth Falcon. In his spare time, he enjoys playing piano and real-time strategy online gaming.

Pianist REESE REVAK holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition with a concentration in Piano from Temple University. More recently, he has continued his studies at Temple, with graduate work in Piano Accompanying and Opera Coaching. As an accompanist, Mr. Revak has served as music director for the Amici Opera company in addition to engagements with the International Opera Theater in Umbria, Italy, and the International Institute of Vocal Arts in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Currently, Reese Revak works as an accompanist in the vocal department at the Curtis Institute of Music and is also freelance accompanist and opera coach in the Philadelphia region. He aspires someday to be on the coaching staff of a major opera house.

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“Music at the Institute” was sponsored by the Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 East 79th Street, New York, NY
Solomiya Ivakhiv — Artistic Director • Mykola Suk — Artistic Advisor.

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On Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Ukrainian Institute of America, Music at the Institute (MATI) presented “LYATOSHYNSKY AND SHOSTAKOVICH: SYMBOLISM IN EASTERN EUROPE.” The concert showcased Lucy Shelton, soprano; Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin; YI Chun Chen, cello and Angelina Gadeliya, piano.


The only artist to receive the International Walter W. Naumburg Award twice, as a soloist and as a chamber musician, soprano LUCY SHELTON has performed repertoire from Bach to Boulez in major recital, chamber, and orchestral venues throughout the world. Highly acclaimed as an interpreter of new music, Ms Shelton continues to bring new audiences into the sound world of new works, often composed for her. A native Californian, her musical training began early with the study of both piano and flute. After graduating from Pomona College, she pursued singing at the New England Conservatory and at the Aspen Music School, where she studied with Jan de Gaetani. Lucy Shelton has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School. She is currently on the faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center and coaches privately at her studio in New York City. She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, KOCH International, Bridge Records, Unicorn-Kanchana, and Virgin Classics.


Violinist SOLOMIYA IVAKHIV has quickly earned a reputation for performing with “a distinctive charm and subtle profundity” (Daily Freeman) and has embarked on an international career that has included performances in concert halls throughout Europe, North America, and China. Born in Ukraine, she made her debut with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of thirteen and has won top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Sergei Prokofiev and the Yaroslav Kocian International Competitions, and the Fritz Kreisler Charles Miller Award from the Curtis Institute of Music. Ms Ivakhiv has performed at major festivals, including Steamboat Springs, Musique de Chambre à Giverny in France, Prussia Cove in England, Tanglewood, Ottawa ChamberFest, Bach Festival, Holland Music Festival, Verbier in Switzerland, Normandy Chamber Music Festival, “Virtuozy,” KyivFest, and the “Contrast” Festival of Modern Music in Ukraine. 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, Gary Graffman, and Steven Isserlis. An avid proponent of modern music, she premiered the Violin Concerto No. 2 by Ukrainian composer Yevhen Stankovych, “Three Songs for Henie” written for her by American composer Eli Marshall, and has recorded original music by Philadelphia-based composer David Ludwig. Solomiya Ivakhiv is a graduate of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music and holds a Doctorate of Music Arts degree from Stony Brook University. Her principal teachers have been Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, the late Rafael Druian, and Philip Setzer. She is the Artistic Director of the “Music at the Institute” Concert Series (MATI).

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Cellist YI-CHUN CHEN, a native of Taichung, Taiwan, won the Taichung City Cello Competition in both the children and junior divisions for four consecutive years. She was also the winner of the Taiwan cello competition in 1994 and 1996 as a representative of Taichung city. In 1998, at the age of fifteen, she entered the Curtis Institute of Music in the U.S., where she studied with David Soyer, the renowned founding cellist of the Guarneri Quartet. Under his tutelage, she developed a great interest in chamber music and took part in the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival from 1999 to 2001 with the support of the Gerald F. Warburg Cello Scholarship. She went on to pursue her master’s degree at Boston University. In 2004 she joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic and that same year was awarded the “Talent in Art” Scholarship from the Chi Mei Foundation and the “New Rising Artist in Music” in Taiwan. Chen also has abundant orchestral experience. She was principal cellist of the Taiwan Youth Orchestra in 1994-1996. In 1997 she won the Vigor International Corporation Scholarship, which allowed her to take part in the Asian Youth Orchestra tour with Yo-Yo Ma in Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, and Singapore. In 1999 she toured Europe with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra under conductor Andre Previn and with violinist Anne Sophie Mutter. Chen was a member of Haddonfield Symphony in 2001 and 2002. She was principal cellist of the Boston University Orchestra in 2003 and was also appointed acting principal of Hingham Symphony that same year. In 2004 she took part in the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.

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Born in Sukhumi, Georgia, Ukrainian pianist ANGELINA GADELIYA has performed widely as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, as well as France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Israel, and Ukraine. She completed three seasons with the prestigious Ensemble ACJW, and as a fellow in the Academy–a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute–was actively involved in educational outreach in New York City, and performed regularly at Carnegie Hall, as well as at the Juilliard School. She and her colleagues from the Academy have formed a new ensemble, The Declassified, an exciting new collective seeking to reinvigorate the world of classical music through revelatory audience engagement, community outreach, and innovative programming. Ms Gadeliya has participated in highly acclaimed residencies with the ensemble at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany, the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival, and at Princeton University. She has appeared as soloist with the Sinfonia of Colorado, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, as well as with the Fort Worth, South Dakota, Oberlin, and Stony Brook symphonies. In 2007, she was invited to perform as part of Carnegie Hall’s Discovery Day for the Emerson String Quartet’s Beethoven Project, as well as the Mahler Symphonies Project in 2009. Twice a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, she has collaborated with such artists as Lucy Shelton, James Conlon, Solomiya Ivakhiv, Thomas Ades, David Stern, Andrew Manze, John Adams, Steve Reich, members of the New York Philharmonic, and the internationally acclaimed Mark Morris Dance Group. Her recent performances include solo and chamber music recitals in such venues as New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, the Consulate of France, the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, the New York Historical Society, and the German Consulate; and at such festivals as the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, the Beethoven Master Course in Positano, Italy, the Reynosa International Piano Festival in Mexico, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and David Dubal’s “Chopin and Schumann at 200” lecture series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since the summer of 2009, Ms Gadeliya has served as a faculty member at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is currently a faculty member at the Colorado Springs Conservatory of Music.

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“Music at the Institute” was sponsored by the Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 East 79th Street, New York, NY
Solomiya Ivakhiv — Artistic Director • Mykola Suk — Artistic Advisor.

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