On Saturday, October 3, 2015, Music at the Institute presented a concert Ukraine – Journey to Freedom: a Century of Classical Music for Violin and Piano. Works by Kosenko, Karabyts, Silvestrov, Kryvopust, Skoryk, Shchetynsky and Lyatoshynsky performed by violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv and pianist Angelina Gadeliya.
The Ukraine—Journey to Freedom: A Century of Classical Music for Violin and Piano album will be released in February 2016 on Labor Records and will be distributed by NAXOS of America in cooperation with the Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences in the U.S. (UVAN). The project is supported by the University of Connecticut’s School of Fine Arts Dean’s Grant and the Office of the Vice President for Research and is made possible through private donations and various charitable foundations.
The recording project chronicles the journey of Ukrainian post-modern, neo-romantic, expressionist-modernist, and neo-folklorist composers of the 20th century who have emerged and thrived professionally despite government oppression in Ukraine. Many of the featured works have never been recorded before.
The album was recorded in July 2015 by four-time Grammy-award winning producer Judith Sherman at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City. It presents the works of eight Ukrainian composers, covering a century of music (1919-2014): Borys Lyatoshynsky, Viktor Kosenko, Myroslav Skoryk, Ivan Karabyts, Valentyn Silvestrov, Yevhen Stankovych, Bohdan Kryvopust, and Oleksandr Shchetynsky.
The dynamic Ivakhiv-Gadeliya Duo was founded in 2006 and has performed to high critical acclaim in venues and at festivals across the U.S., including the MATI concert series at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City, the Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Longy School of Music of Bard College, and the Lyceum at the Washington Cultural Group in Alexandria, VA. Comprised of violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv and pianist Angelina Gadeliya, the duo has been hailed for its “contemplative and sophisticated” playing (America, Philadelphia). Both natives of Ukraine, Solomiya and Angelina met and formed their duo at Stony Brook University while working on their Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. The duo has collaborated with such artists as members of the Emerson Quartet, members of the New York Philharmonic, pianist Gilbert Kalish, and violinists Ani Kavafian and Pamela Frank. In December of 2014, the duo gave the world premiere of Oleksandr Shchetynsky’s “An Episode in the Life of a Poet,” which was written for them, at the bicentennial celebration of the birth of Ukrainian poet Taras Schevchenko in New York City. The Ivakhiv-Gadeliya Duo always strives to create innovative programming, has a passion for promoting new music, and brings the two performers’ individual artistry and similarity of backgrounds into a unity of style and spirit.
Ukrainian 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). She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, CBC Glenn Gould Studio, and the Tchaikovsky Hall in Kyiv, in addition to making solo appearances with the Charleston Symphony, Henderson Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Hunan Symphony Orchestra in China. She has premiered numerous new works for violin by such composers as Eli Marshall, David Ludwig, John B. Hedges, Bohdan Kryvopust, Yevhen Stankovych, and Oleksandr Shchetynsky. Ms. Ivakhiv has been featured at many prestigious chamber music festivals, including Tanglewood, Embassy Series, Ottawa Chamberfest, Newport Music Festival, and Prussia Cove. She has been the Artistic Director of the “Music at the Institute” (MATI) Concert Series in New York City for five years, where she also regularly appears as a performer. A dedicated educator, Ms. Ivakhiv has conducted master classes and chamber music coachings at Yale University, Columbia University, Boston Conservatory, Curtis SummerFest, Guangzhou and Hunan Conservatories in China, and regularly collaborates with high schools in outreach programs throughout the United States. Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Ms. Ivakhiv currently serves as Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola and Head of Strings at the University of Connecticut, and as Professor of Violin at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, M. Lysenko Music Academy in Lviv, Ukraine, and Stony Brook University.
Pianist Angelina Gadeliya was born in Sukhumi, Georgia, where she began her musical studies at the age of five, continuing afterwards in Ukraine, before moving to the U.S. in 1990. She subsequently studied at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Juilliard School, Mannes College, and holds a Doctorate from Stony Brook University. Her work with Ensemble ACJW and the Decoda ensemble brought her to the stages of Carnegie Hall, Germany, Abu Dhabi, Princeton University, the Trinity Wall Street series, and various New York venues. She has appeared as soloist with the Boulder Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, as well as with the Fort Worth, South Dakota, Oberlin, and Stony Brook symphonies, and at numerous festivals, including Tanglewood, Fontainebleau, Aspen, Banff, the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, the Metropolitan Museum of Art lecture series, and the Emerson String Quartet’s 2007 Beethoven Project at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Gadeliya’s debut solo album, Music of Tribute: Schnittke and His Ghosts, was released in 2015 with Labor Records and NAXOS and has garnered high praise. She has given many premieres of new works and has worked closely with composers John Adams, Thomas Adès, Steve Reich, Steven Mackey, Matthias Pintscher, George Oakley, John Harbison, Ofer Ben-Amots, and others. Angelina currently divides her time between New York City and Colorado Springs, where she resides with her husband, Misha, her son, Felix, and her daughter, Anastasia. She currently serves as piano faculty at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.
Music at the Institute was sponsored by the Ukrainian Institute of America.