On November 30, 2013, Kyiv’s Muzychna Ukrayina Publishing House, in collaboration with the Ukrainian Music Institute of America (Bohdanna Wolanska, director), presented Bohdan Kryvopust (pianist and lecturer), American cellist and judge at the M. Lysenko Competition in Ukraine Michael Carrera, violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv, and students of the Ukrainian Music Institute of America performing works by Kossenko, Kolodub, Yakymenko, Stankovych, Skoryk, and Kryvopust, and works for children from collections published by Muzychna Ukrayina.
The state specialized publishing house MUZYCHNA UKRAYINA (Musical Ukraine) was established in Kyiv in the autumn of 1966. It specializes in the publication of printed music and musicological literature, text books and study guides for music schools, works about and by composers and music critics, as well as learner series for children and works for amateur ensembles. During the 45 years of its existence, Muzychna Ukrayina published more than 5,000 books, including works of world music, symphonic, chamber, instrumental, vocal, and choral works by both classic and modern Ukrainian composers, collections of musical folklore, and scientific and popular books and anthologies.
The UKRAINIAN MUSIC INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (UMI) is the largest and longest lived music school of the Ukrainian diaspora. Founded in 1952 in New York, the institute at one time or another spread to 22 cities in the eastern U.S.A. In its 60 years of activity, UMI has united hundreds of professional musicians and enabled thousands of students to formally study Ukrainian and world music literature in an 8- to 12-year diploma program. UMI students take part in American national competitions, often achieving high marks with Ukrainian repertoire. Through their efforts and performing teachers, Ukrainian music is heard in such elite music venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Academy of Music, in colleges and universities, on radio, television, and recordings.
Composer and pianist BOHDAN KRYVOPUST was born in Zaporizhzhya in 1975. He completed the Zaporizhzhya P. Mayboroda Music College in 1993, specializing in music theory and piano. He went on to study at the Kyiv National P. I. Tchaikovsky Music Academy of Ukraine, from which he graduated as a composer with L. M. Kolodub (1998) and as a pianist with T. O. Roshchyna (2000), and with a postgraduate degree in composition with H. I. Lyashenko (2004). In 2003, as a participant in the Gaude Polonia grant program of the Polish Ministry of Culture, he studied composition with A. Lasoń at the Katowice Music Academy. In September 2009, he had an internship in the United States in the Management of Classical Music program (Philadelphia, New York). While still a student, he won international competitions as a composer (first prize in the M. Lysenko International Competition, 1992) and as a pianist (laureate of the L. Revutsky Award, 2005). Mr. Kryvopust has participated in many festivals and performed recitals as a soloist and chamber ensemble player. Since 2000, he has been a member of the Ukrainian National Composers’ Union. Since December 2008, he has been Director of the International Festival Youth Music Forum (Kyiv). He has been Director of the State Specialized Publishing House Muzychna Ukrayina since August 2010, and is a lecturer at the National Academy of Culture and Arts Managers, Department of Musicology.
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 numerous festival credits include Tanglewood and the Embassy Series (U.S.), Musique de Chambre à Giverny (France), Prussia Cove (England), Banff Centre and Ottawa ChamberFest (Canada), Modern Music “Contrasts” and the Kyiv International Music Fest (Ukraine), and Verbier Festival (Switzerland). Ms Ivakhiv, who made her debut with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of twelve, has appeared as soloist with the International Symphony, Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, Henderson Symphony, Londontowne Symphony, 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. Many of her concerts have been broadcast on National Public Radio, Voice of America Radio, Ukrainian National Radio and Television, and China’s Hunan Television. Ms Ivakhiv is a graduate of the 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 Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Ohio University and the Artistic Director of the “Music at the Institute” Concert Series.
Cellist MICHAEL CARRERA has performed in some of the world’s greatest concert halls as a chamber musician, concert soloist, and recitalist. He has been heard in radio performances on Germany’s MDR, France’s Radio 3, and National Public Radio in the U.S. Since graduating from the Manhattan School of Music, he has performed over 400 concerts throughout the United States and Europe as a founding and former member of the Arcata String Quartet, which made its debut in Carnegie Hall in 2001 to great critical acclaim. He has collaborated with members of the Tokyo, Borromeo, Guarneri, American, and Emerson String Quartets, as well as with Peter Rejto of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, Pamela Frank, Charles Castleman, Eugenia Zuckerman, Gail Niwa, and Paul Colleti. In world premiere performances, Mr. Carrera has championed the solo and chamber works of Paul Chihara, Judith Shatin, Mark Phillips, David Noon, Nils Vigeland, and William Campbell. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Juniper Chamber Music Festival, where international artists come together for one week in informal concerts, master classes, and outreach activities. For the past 10 years, he has been the Director of Strings and Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at Ohio University in Athens. He has recorded on the New World Records, Equilibrium, Origin, and VOX labels. His latest recordings include the Miklos Rozsas Sinfonia Concertante for violin, cello, and orchestra and a CD entitled “Sticks and Stones” for percussion and strings—specifically, Tan Dun’s “Elegy: Snow in June,” concerto for cello and percussion ensemble. The recipient of numerous outstanding reviews, this CD is now considered to be one of the authoritative performances of this work by Tan Dun.