On Saturday, October 5th, 2013 a Memorial Concert was held at the Ukrainian Institute of America in honor of Jaroslav Kryshtalsky its esteemed past president. Violinists Oleh Kaskiv, Solomiya Ivakhiv, Emilie-Anne Gendron and Mario Gotoh performed, along with violist Borys Deviatov, cellist Michael Haas, pianist Mykola Sukand and bassist Ryan Kamm.

Jaroslav Kryshtalsky (1933–2012)
Jaroslav Kryshtalsky (1933–2012)

Over several decades, Jaroslav Kryshtalsky dedicated himself to supporting and leading the Ukrainian Institute of America. In addition to his active membership and generous patronage, he served on the Board of Directors and from 2005 to 2009 as President of the UIA. His leadership focused on membership, programs, fundraising, process, communication, and succession planning. An avid music lover, he was especially supportive of the “Music at the Institute” concert series as its patron and benefactor. Jaroslav Kryshtalsky was exceedingly generous with his time, talents, insights, and resources. His energy, focus, wisdom, and his presence are deeply missed.

Pianist MYKOLA SUK, the winner of the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 1971 International Liszt-Bartok Competition in Budapest, has been described by American Record Guide as “a formidable talent… with an astonishing blend of muscular power, poetry, and utter control.” His international career has spanned four continents, with performances in the most prestigious venues, from the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory to Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall. He has appeared to great critical acclaim as both soloist and chamber musician on the world’s major concert stages and at many distinguished chamber music festivals.

Violinist SOLOMIYA IVAKHIV, noted by critics for performing with “a distinctive charm and subtle profundity” (Daily Freeman), enjoys an international career as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, North America, and China. Her national and international festival credits include Tanglewood and Embassy Series (U.S.), Musique de Chambre à Giverny (France), Prussia Cove (England), Banff Centre and Ottawa ChamberFest (Canada), Modern Music “Contrasts” and KyivFest (Ukraine), and Verbier Festival (Switzerland). She has appeared as soloist with the International Symphony, Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, Henderson Symphony, LondontowneSymphony, Orchestra of Southern Utah, and Civic Orchestra of New Haven in the U.S., and extensively in her native Ukraine with the Lviv Philharmonic, Virtuozy Lvova, and the Ukrainian National Symphony. In China, she has appeared with the Hunan Symphony Orchestra. She is Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Ohio University.

Violinist OLEH KASKIV began his musical studies at the Lysenko Conservatory in Lviv, Ukraine. In 1996, he won a scholarship to study under the tutelage of Alberto Lysy at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. He is now Professor of Violin at the Academy and leads the Menuhin Academy Orchestra. As a soloist, he regularly performs in his native Ukraine with the National Symphony of Ukraine, the Odessa Philharmonic, and the Lviv Philharmonic Symphony Orchestras and worldwide, with the Camerata Lysy, Camerata de Lausanne, Symphonisches Orchester Zurich, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, and the Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden.

Violinist EMILIE-ANNE GENDRON, lauded by The New York Times as a “brilliant soloist” and by France’s ClassiqueInfo for her “excellent technical mastery” and “undeniable sensitivity,” enjoys an active freelance career based in New York. A deeply committed chamber musician, she is a member of the Momenta Quartet, two-time recipient of the Koussevitzky commission grant and in its tenth year of residence at Temple University. She is also a frequent leader of the conductor-less Sejong Soloists, with which she recently recorded the Mendelssohn Octotet with Gil Shaham; a member of the Toomai String Quintet, specializing in innovative educational outreach and community engagement; and on the roster of the Marlboro Music Festival and the touring Musicians from Marlboro.

Violinist and violist MARIO GOTOH has performed as soloist and chamber musician across North America, the UK, Europe, and Asia. Her appearances at major music festivals include Festival Consonances (France), International Masterclasses Apeldoorn (Netherlands), Banff Centre (Canada), Aspen Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Music Academy of the West, Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance, International Computer Music Festival, and National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts National ARTS Week. She has served as concertmaster, principal violin, and principal viola in orchestras and performs regularly with several ensembles in New York City, including the Knights, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Ballet Next.

Violist BORYS DEVIATOV is a graduate of the Lysenko Conservatory in Lviv and the winner of top prizes in viola competitions and as a conductor. As a member of the critically acclaimed Leontovych String Quartet, he performed in the major concert halls of North and South America, Europe, and the Far East and participated in many international music festivals, including Lincoln Center’s “Mostly Mozart,” Newport, and Music Mountain. He has collaborated in chamber music performances with such distinguished artists as Yuri Bashmet, Ruggiero Ricci, and Ruth Laredo, to name but a few. He is a member of the Lumina String Quartet and the New York Chamber Symphony and is principal violist of the Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra.

Cellist MICHAEL HAAS frequently performs chamber and orchestral music in New York City and across the country. He is the cellist of the Momenta Quartet, a recent winner of the prestigious Koussevitzky Music Foundation commission grant, and of Silver Roots, a trio that focuses on mixing classical music with folk and world music traditions. Most recently, he has performed at the Society for Ethical Culture, Alice Tully Hall, and The Kennedy Center. A member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, he has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Princeton Symphony.

RYAN KAMM, double bass, is an active teacher and performer, who has held positions with the Nashville Symphony, New World Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and Haddonfield Symphony. He has appeared as a substitute with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, American Ballet Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, and the North Carolina Symphony. His festival appearances include the Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto, National Repertory Orchestra, and Kent/Blossom Chamber Festival. He is a co-director of the Preparatory Division at Bard College Conservatory of Music and teaches double bass at Bard College and the Diller Quaile School of Music in New York City.

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