On Saturday, October 1, 2016, Music at the Institute presented a concert In Memoriam Walter (Volodymyr) Baranetsky (1920-2016). Works by Brahms, Prokofiev and Suk performed by violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv, violist Theodore Kuchar, cellist Emilio Colon and pianist Tanya Bannister.
Walter Baranetsky dedicated much of his life to supporting and leading the Ukrainian Institute of America through various phases of its history. He became an active member in 1977 and served as Vice-President and President multiple terms. His time as President coincided with his position as head of the non-profit Coordinating Committee to Aid Ukraine, and in this capacity, he established a large network of contacts in Ukraine. Walter was able to leverage these relationships to bring to the Institute renowned Ukrainian literary figures, as well as government officials.
Mr. Baranetsky also provided invaluable philanthropic support for UIA initiatives and projects, especially to those involving the preservation of the Institute’s landmark building at 2 East 79th Street in New York City.
The footprints that he left behind will have a lasting effect on our organization and on the Ukrainian community as a whole.
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, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, and the Tchaikovsky Hall in Kyiv, in addition to making solo appearances with the Istanbul State Symphony, 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 composers 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, The Embassy Series, Ottawa Chamberfest, New- port Music Festival, Nevada Chamber Music Fest, Bach Festival of Philadelphia, The Banff Centre and Ottawa Chamber Fest (Canada); Musique de Chambre à Giverny (France), Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music (England), Kammermusik Bodensee (Switzerland); AlpenKammerMusik (Austria), Modern Music “Contrasts” and KyivFest (Ukraine). A dedicated educator, she has conducted master classes and chamber music coachings at Yale, Columbia, Pennsylvania State, SUNY-Fredonia Universities, Boston Conservatory, Curtis SummerFest, Bard College Prep, Guangzhou and Hunan Conservatories in China, and regularly collaborates with high schools in outreach programs throughout the United States. Her latest album, Ukraine–Journey To Freedom with pianist Angelina Gadeliya, released on Labor Records with NAXOS of America, has been featured among the top 4 new classical albums on iTunes. Ms. Ivakhiv has been the Artistic Director of the “Music at the Institute” (MATI) Concert Series in New York City for six years, where she also regularly appears as a performer. She is currently Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola and Head of Strings at the University of Connecticut and Professor of Violin at the Longy School of Music. Ms. Ivakhiv graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, and the late Rafael Druian. During this time she was concertmaster of both Curtis and Tanglewood Center Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Ivakhiv holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where her principal teachers were Philip Setzer and Pamela Frank.
Multiple award-winning violist and conductor THEODORE KUCHAR is today largely known for his nearly twenty-year relationship with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, with which he has served as Principal Conductor and General Director and, subsequently, as Conductor Laureate for Life. He is the most recorded conductor of his generation and appears on over 120 compact discs for the Naxos, Brilliant Classics, Ondine, and Marco Polo labels. His numerous accolades include multiple Grammy nominations, the BBC Record of the Year, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Record of the Year, Chamber Music America’s Record of the Year, and Gramophone Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award. Mr. Kuchar has collaborated with major artists, among them James Galway, Jessye Norman, Lynn Harrell, Shlomo Mintz, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Mstislav Rostropovich, Joshua Bell, and Frederica von Stade. Highlights of the 2016-17 season will include a 44-concert tour of the United States with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine under the auspices of Columbia Artists Management. Prior to embarking on a full-time conducting career at the age of 28, Mr. Kuchar served as the Solo Violist of the Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, he took part in major festivals, including Kuhmo, Lockenhaus, Ediburgh, and Tanglewood, and served as the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (1990-2006). He is currently the Artistic Director of the Nevada Chamber Music Festival (since 2005). Theodore Kuchar graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music as the student of Robert Vernon, Principal Violist of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Cellist EMILIO COLÓN’s performances have been described as “lively, exciting, expressive and absolutely beautiful.” (American Record Guide) An extensive international career has taken him throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Recent engagements include soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Casals Festival, Guayaquil Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Texas Festival Orchestra, Bozeman Symphony, and San Angelo Symphony; recitalist for Tons Voisin Festival in Albi, France, La Musica International Chamber Festival in Sarasota, Mill Valley Chamber Music Society, and recital tours throughout Europe and Asia. He appeared performing on screen for the movie Un Poema a L’Exili “EL PESSEBRE” de Pau Casals y Joan Alavedra which received the Best Picture Award at the 2014 REUS International Festival in Spain. His recordings are featured on the Enharmonic, Zephyr, Klavier and Lyras labels. Upcoming highlights include soloist with the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and the Izmir State Symphony Orchestra. January of 2016 marked the inaugural festival of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico of which Mr. Colón is the founder and artistic director. At the age of 26, Emilio Colón was appointed to the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and has since established himself as one of the most sought-after pedagogues in the country. He has offered courses at the Paris Conservatoire, Geneva Conservatoire, Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Royal Academy of Music in London, Hochschüle für Musik in Stuttgart, Yonsei University in Seoul, and Toho Gakuen in Tokyo. Emilio Colón is endorsed by D’Addario and performs using their strings on his Amati cello from 1700.
Lauded by The Washington Post for playing “…with intelligence, poetry and proportion,” pianist TANYA BANNISTER’s victories at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the New Orleans International Piano Competition confirm her status among the leading pianists of her generation. Her career has brought her to many of the world’s great concert halls, with recitals at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, Teatro Communale in Bologna, Tokyo’s Nikkei Hall, London’s Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Among the many international festivals at which she has performed are the Kurtág Festival in London (as part of the South Bank series at the Royal Festival Hall), Ravinia, Schleswig-Holstein, Amsterdam’s Holland Music Sessions, Tuckamore Festival in St John’s, Newfoundland, England’s Norwich Festival and Festival Encuentro de Musica y Academica de Santander, Spain. She has recorded on the Naxos, Albany, and CAG labels. Born in Hong Kong, Ms. Bannister holds degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in London, Yale University, where she studied with Claude Frank, and New York’s Mannes School of Music, where she received an Artist Diploma as one of a handful of pianists selected to study with Richard Goode. Tanya Bannister is founder and co-artistic director of AlpenKammerMusik Chamber Music Festival.