On Saturday, November 6, 2016, Music at the Institute presented a concert Women Composers from Ukraine. Works by Aleksiychuk, Khalitova, Yurina, Havrylets, Frolyak and Gomelskaya performed by Ryan Burns, baritone, Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin, Yves Dharamraj, cello, and Angelina Gadeliya, piano.
Composer and pianist IRYNA ALEKSIYCHUK was born in 1967 in Sverdlovsk, Luhansk Oblast. She graduated from the Kyiv Tchaikovsky Conservatory (now the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine) with degrees in piano (1991) and composition (1993) and in 1996 completed post-graduate studies in composition at the National Music Academy. She also studied organ from 1993 to 1996 at the same conservatory. Ms. Aleksiychuk is the winner of a number of prizes: the National Prokofiev Young Composers’ Competition (Donetsk, 1993), 1st International Competition of Chamber Music Performers “Golden Autumn” in the “Piano Duo” category (Khmelnytsky, 1993), 45th ARD International Music Competition in the Piano Duo category (Munich, 1996), 6th International Murray Dranoff Piano Duo Competition (Miami, 1997), and 1st All-Ukrainian Composers’ Competition “Spiritual Psalms” for the best choral composition based on Biblical texts (Kyiv, 2001). In 2000, she was awarded the Levko Revutsky National Prize for her concert activity and performance of modern music. Since 1994 Ms Aleksiychuk has served as a professor of composition, orchestration, and score reading at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy in Kyiv. She also has a busy performance schedule, with concerts in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Serbia, Italy, Germany, and the United States as a pianist, composer, and organist, as well as pianist in a piano duo with her husband Yuriy Kot, an Honored Artist of Ukraine. A member of the National Composers’ Union of Ukraine since 1998, Ms. Aleksiychuk works in various genres: symphonic, choral, vocal chamber, and instrumental.
The Crimean Tatar composer MERZIE KHALITOVA was born in 1956 in Yangiyul, Uzbekistan. In 1982 she graduated from the Ashrafi State Conservatory in Tashkent, from the theoretical-composition faculty, where she studied with the well-known Uzbek symphonists Mirsadyk Tadjiev and Georgi Mushel. Her graduation work was the ballet suite Arzy. In 1990, she wrote her Symphony No. 1, dedicated to the humanist and educator of the Crimean Tatar people Ismail Gasprinski. In 1993, she moved to her homeland, Crimea, where she taught composition at the Simferopol Music Academy and worked as a music editor at the Crimea Television and Radio Company. At present, she is an associate professor of musical art at the Crimean Engineering and Pedagogical University. She has been a member of the Composers’ Union of Ukraine since 1993. Her honors include the title of Honored Artist of Ukraine (2003) and she is the holder of the Award of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (2000), the Çoban-zade International Prize (2008), and for her contributions to Ukrainian musical culture, the Mykola Lysenko Award (2003) and the Borys Lyatoshynsky Award (2014). The author of a number of large symphonic works, she has also written numerous vocal and chamber instrumental pieces.
LUDMILA YURINA was born in 1962 in Uzyn, Kyiv Oblast, and graduated from Kyiv’s Glière Music College as a pianist in 1981 and from the Kiev State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (now National Music Academy of Ukraine), as a composer in 1990 (under Yevhen Stankovych), completing her post-graduate studies there in 1998. She attended workshops with such eminent musicians as P-H. Dittrich, I. Arditti, H. Zapf, G. Stäbler, J. Durand in Rheinsberg, as well as Helmut Lachenmann and Wolfgang Rihm in Dresden. In 2011 she won a Fulbright scholarship for study at Stanford University (electronic studio at CCRMA). Since 1995 she has been Associate Professor of the Department of Composition at the National Music Academy of Ukraine, specializing in composition and orchestration. Ms. Yurina has received international creative grants from the Swedish Institute, Germany, and the US. Her music is performed in Ukraine and abroad, at concerts, festivals, and projects. She has been an invited lecturer at the Stuttgart High School of Music, Rheinsberg Music Academy (Germany), and Texas Christian University (US). Ludmila Yurina is the recipient of the Borys Lyatoshynsky Award (2008) and the Viktor Kossenko Award (2014) from the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, and is a prize winner of the International Composers’ Competition (2000, Rome). She is a founder and chairman of the Association “Women in Music” Ukraine (since 2002), member of the Honorable Committee “Donne in Musica” (Italy), and member of the Ukrainian Composers’ Union. Ms. Yurina`s scores are published in Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Switzerland, Canada, and the Netherlands.
HANNA HAVRYLETS was born in 1958 in Vydyniv, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. She graduated from the Lviv State Lysenko Conservatory (now the Lviv State Lysenko Music Academy) in 1982 as a composer under Volodymyr Flys and completed her post-graduate studies with Myroslav Skoryk at the Kyiv State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (now the National Music Academy of Ukraine). Since 1992, she has taught composition at the National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kyiv. Ms. Havrylets is a laureate of the International Ivanna and Marian Kots Composers’ Competition (Kyiv, 1995), winner of the Ukrainian National Shevchenko Prize (1999), and winner of the Grand Prix of the All-Ukrainian Composers’ Competition “Spiritual Psalms of the Third Millennium” (2001). Her output includes symphonic, chamber instrumental, vocal instrumental, and choral music. Her works have been performed in Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Canada, Slovakia, Slovenia, the US, Switzerland, France, and Germany. She is a member of the Ukrainian Composers’ Union (since 1985) and the deputy head of the Kyiv Branch of the Ukrainian Composers’ Union (since 1999).
BOHDANA FROLYAK was born in 1968 in Vydyniv, Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast. She completed the Solomiya Krushelnytska Music School in Lviv in 1986 and in 1991 graduated from the Mykola Lysenko Lviv State Academy of Music. In 1998, she completed post-graduate studies under Myroslav Skoryk. She has served as a professor at her alma mater, now the Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Academy of Music. Ms. Frolyak has been awarded the Levko Revutsky National Award for her first symphony, Orbis Terrarum (2000); the Borys Lyatoshynsky National Award for her Clarinet Concerto (2006); the Mykola Lysenko National Award for her Symphony No. 2 (2010); and the Stanislav Lyudkevych National Award for the Diptych after Shevchenko and chamber works (2011). In 2001 she was the recipient of a scholarship from the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung Foundation and the Gaude Polonia scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture in 2004. She is a member of the international New Music Association. Her works have been performed in numerous festivals in Ukraine, Poland, and Switzerland.
Ukrainian composer JULIA GOMELSKAYA was born in 1964 in Saratov (Russia). She graduated as a pianist from the Simferopol Musical College (Ukraine) in 1983 and as a composer from the Odessa State A.V. Nezhdanova Conservatory (now the Odessa National A.V. Nezhdanova Music Academy) under Prof. O. Krasotov in 1990. In 1996 she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under Prof. R. Saxton and received her MMus Postgraduate Degree with distinction in composition from the City University of London. She is currently professor of composition at her Odessa alma mater. The winner of national and international composition prizes (France, 2006; Belgium, 2003; UK, 1996; Ukraine, 1993, 1995), she is the recipient of the Borys Lyatoshynsky Award of the Ukrainian Ministry for Culture (2011) and laureate of the Odessa Municipal Prize (2006). Ms. Gomelskaya has participated in numerous international festivals and projects in Ukraine, Europe and USA, including on five separate occasions at the annual contemporary music festival ISCM World Music Days. The author of 90 works in symphony, chamber, choral, vocal and electronic genres, her music has been performed at such concert venues as Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room (London, 1998, 2001, 2002) and Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona, 2002). Her chamber opera The Divine Sarah (libretto by Michael Irwin) was recorded by BBC Radio 3 (UK) in 2002. In 2007 she gave a series of master-classes at the Musikschule Konservatorium Bern (Switzerland). In May 2008 her ballet Jane Eyre was staged by London Children’s Ballet at the Peacock Theatre. Her works have been published by GSMD and Micropress (UK), Sordino Ediziuns Musicalas (Switzerland) and produced on CDs. Her students are winners of international composers’ competitions and grants.
Baritone RYAN F. BURNS is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in vocal performance at the University Connecticut. While there, he has served as an adjunct instructor of Opera Studio, directing the area’s opera outreach program, in addition to serving on the music faculties of The Pomfret School and Woodstock Academy. This fall, Mr. Burns will tour with the Jessica Lang Dance, performing The Wanderer, which features the music of Franz Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin. Last spring, he sang the role of Valentin in Connecticut Lyric Opera’s production of Faust. In addition to his work with the UConn Opera Theater, he has performed with the former Opera Boston, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Hartford Opera Theater, Opera Providence, Greater Worcester Opera, and Opera del West. Mr. Burns has been a guest soloist with the Greater Middletown Chorale, New Haven Symphony, South Hadley Chorale and Orchestra, Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Sounds of Stow Festival Chorus and Orchestra, in addition to the University of Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Concert Choir. Ryan Burns received his MMus in vocal performance in 2012 from the University of Connecticut and a BA in criminal justice from Saint Anselm College in 2007. He is a student of soprano, Dr. Constance Rock.
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. Ms. Ivakhiv holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where her principal teachers were Philip Setzer and Pamela Frank.
Captivating his audiences with a “primer of technical feats” (New York Sun) and his warm, lush tone “that might be described as something akin to rich old wood” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), YVES DHARAMRAJ has earned a worldwide reputation as a dynamic cellist who blends immaculate command of the instrument with deep musical understanding to express his fresh and elegant interpretations. As soloist, chamber musician, teaching artist, and composer, the Franco-American cellist enjoys a multifaceted career that takes him to the major stages of the United States and abroad, including appearances at Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center (New York); the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC); Orchestra Hall, Ravinia Festival, and Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago); Disney Hall (Los Angeles); Spoleto USA (Charleston), National Arts Center (Ottawa); Berliner Festspiele; Téatro Nacional (Dominican Republic); Panama Jazz Festival; and the Thailand National Cultural Center (Bangkok). Dr. Dharamraj co-founded the New Docta International Music Festival in 2013 to bring world-class musicians to Argentina to perform, inspire children, and nurture Latin American talent. He is a founding member of the genre-defying Bohemian Trio and Decoda, official affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall. Yves Dharamraj earned his Bachelor’s (in Medieval Mediterranean Studies) and Master of Music degrees at Yale while studying with Aldo Parisot, his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Juilliard in the studio of Darrett Adkins and Joel Krosnick, and has worked with Paul Katz at New England Conservatory. He later taught at Juilliard as teaching assistant to Mr. Krosnick.
Praised for her “refined and exceptionally phrased and stylized” playing (Telavivcity.com), and her “rare ability to make music speak” (The Gazette), pianist ANGELINA GADELIYA leads a rich musical life as a soloist, chamber musician, new music expert, and educator. She was born in Sukhumi, Georgia where she began her musical studies at the age of five, and continued them in Ukraine until moving to the US in 1990. She subsequently studied at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Juilliard School, and Mannes College, and holds a Doctorate from Stony Brook University. Her work with Ensemble ACJW and the Decoda ensemble has brought her to the stages of Carnegie Hall, Germany, Abu Dhabi, Princeton University, the Trinity Wall Street series, and various New York locales. 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 recently released two new albums with Labor Records and Naxos, both of which have garnered high praise. Her debut solo album, Music of Tribute: Schnittke and His Ghosts, was released in 2015, and her new CD with violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv, Ukraine–Journey to Freedom, A Century of Classical Music for Violin and Piano, was released in February of 2016. She has given many premieres of new works and has worked closely with composers John Harbison, John Adams, Thomas Adès, Steve Reich, Steven Mackey, Matthias Pintscher, George Oakley, Ofer Ben-Amots and others. Ms. Gadeliya currently serves as the Assistant Professor in Residence of Piano and Director of Keyboard Studies at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.
Music at the Institute was sponsored by the Ukrainian Institute of America.