On Sunday, April 2, 2017, Music at the Institute presented a concert Generation Millennium. Works by Kryvopust, Almashi, Sydorenko, Pilyutykov, Bezborodko, Nebesny and Shymko performed by clarinetist Alexander Bedenko, violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv, cellist Yves Dharamraj and pianist Bohdan Kryvopust.
Meet the Composers…
Composer and pianist ALEKSANDR SHYMKO was born in 1977 in Borshchiv, Ternopil Oblast. In 1977 he graduated from the Chernivtsi S. Vorobkevych Music College as a pianist and went on to earn a master’s degree in composition in 2002 from the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in Kyiv, where he continued his postgraduate education as an assistant in composition until 2005. That year, as a participant in the Gaude Polonia scholarship program of the Polish Ministry of Culture, he studied composition with A. Lasoń at the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice. Shymko has been a member of the National Composers’ Union of Ukraine since 2003, heading the youth commission of this association’s Kyiv branch (2004-2010). He is a laureate of the Levko Revutsky Prize (2007) and the Mykhailo Verykivsky Prize (2009). He was a member of the organizing committee of the 17th international festival Music of Youth Forum (2009, 2011) and is the founder and curator of the Ethnocontemporary Music Project. Since 2007, Shymko has been the music director of the Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater of Russian Drama. He is the author of more than 100 works in all genres of academic music, which have been performed by leading artists and ensembles at many festivals in Ukraine and abroad, including the Season’s Music Premieres and Kyiv Music Fest in Kyiv, the Warsaw Music Meetings, New Music festival (Bytom, Poland), 5th Summer Festival (Rycerka, Poland), and contem.ucha—a series of concerts of contemporary music at the Łódź Philharmonic.
LUBAWA SYDORENKO was born in 1979 in Lviv. She is a laudreate of the Levko Revutsky Prize (2007), and the Borys Lyatoshynsky Prize (2015). During her years of study at the National Lysenko Music Academy of Lviv (graduated in 2004, completed postgraduate studies in 2007), she twice won the international composition competition Gradus ad Parnassum (Kyiv, 2001, 2003). In 2005, as a recipient of the Polish Ministry of Culture’s Gaude Polonia scholarship, she studied composition at the Cracow Music Academy with Zbigniew Bujarski. In 2004, the Swiss publisher Sordino concluded a contract with Lubawa Sydorenko to publish her chamber works. Her compositions, ranging from symphonic and chamber to electronic, are performed in many countries by leading Ukrainian and foreign musicians and ensembles. Among her most important premieres in recent years were the Ad initio symphony commissioned by the Bayerischer Rundfunk and recorded by the Bamberger Symphoniker (Leipzig), as well as premieres performed at such major festivals as Warsaw Autumn 2007, Radio Dwójka (Warsaw), Deutschlandfunk (Cologne), Velvet Curtain 2006 (Munich), Tribune of Contemporary Women Composers 2007 (Cologne), Kyiv Music Fest and Season’s Music Premieres (Kyiv), Contrasts (Lviv), Two Days and Two Nights (Odessa), and others.
Composer and pianist OLEH BEZBORODKO was born in 1973 in Kyiv. He graduated with distinction from the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in 1998. He then attended the Conservatoire de Neuchâtel in Switzerland (class of Sylviane Deferne), where in 2002 he was awarded the Prix de virtuosité avec distinction in piano performance. After returning to Kyiv, Bezborodko took up a teaching position at his Alma Mater and at the same time entered its composition department to study with Gennady Lyashenko (composition) and Levko Kolodub (orchestration). In 2010 he obtained a Ph.D. degree from the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music and now holds the post of full-time associate professor (piano as principal instrument and piano pedagogy) at that institution. His music has been performed by such ensembles as “musikFabrik” (Germany) and in Ukraine by Nostri Temporis, the Collegium string quartet, Kyiv Piano Duo, Kyiv-Sinfonietta, Ricochet, Kyiv Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Kyiv National Philharmonic, Orchestra of the National Opera of Ukraine, Kyiv Soloists, Kyiv Camerata, and others. He has collaborated, both as composer and pianist, with all major Ukrainian orchestras and leading conductors. A prizewinner of many national and international piano competitions and scholarships, Bezborodko is in high demand as an interpreter of contemporary music and as a chamber musician. In 2008, he was awarded the Levko Revutsky Prize in composition. His commissions include those from Goethe-Institut and Ernst von Siemens Musikstiffung, Ukranian National Academic Concert Band, Musica Mundi Frankfurt, and Tatyana Masurenko. Recently his works have been selected through calls for scores by the New Muse Piano Duo (USA) for their U.S. universities tour and by the Florida State University New Music Festival.
SERHIY PILIUTYKOV was born in 1965 in Uzyn, Kyiv Oblast. After obtaining a degree in history at Kharkiv State University in 1987, he began studying composition with A. Shchetynsky, completing his studies at the Kharkiv Institute of Arts in 1995. After moving to Kyiv in 1999, he founded the Ricochet ensemble of new music and was its artistic director. From 2001 to 2007, he served as the director of the international festival Music of Youth Forum (Kyiv), and since 2010, as a member of the organizing committee of Kyiv Music Fest. In 1993, the jury of the international Gaudeamus competition for young composers chose his Voices of Rivers for chamber ensemble for performance by the Xenakis Ensemble at the Music Week of Gaudeamus festival in Amsterdam. Piliutykov’s works have been performed in concerts throughout Ukraine, as well as in Bulgaria, Lithuania, Germany, Poland, the United States, France, and Switzerland, and at major festivals in Ukraine—Music of Youth Forum (1993-2005), Kyiv in May (1999), Kyiv Music Fest (1999-2016), Contrasts (1999-2016, Lviv), Two Days and Two Nights (1999-2016, Odessa), Season’s Music Premieres (1999-2007, Kyiv)—and abroad: Days of New Music in Zurich (1998), Musika Nova (1999, Sofia, Bulgaria), Festival of New Music (2000, Slovenia), Perspectives (2000, Armenia), Days of New Music (2001, Kishinev, Moldova), Ohrid Summer (2001, Macedonia), Encuentros (2002, Argentina), Internationales Beethovenfest (2001, Bonn), Musica Nova (2007, Brazil), Days of New Music (2007, Belgium), Days of Ukrainian Music in Japan (2008, Tokyo). Most recently, while not abandoning academic genres and forms of music, the composer has experimented in several compositions in the style of rock.
IVAN NEBESNY was born in 1971 in Ternopil. He studied composition at the National Lysenko Music Academy of Lviv under Myroslav Skoryk, graduating in 1995, and earned a postgraduate degree at the National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music in Kyiv (under H. Lyashenko). In 1997, as a recipient of a scholarship under the KulturKontakt Austria program, he took part in the Fifth Internationale Akademie für Neue Komposition und Audio Art in Tyrol, where he studied with Bogusław Schaeffer and electronic composition with Marek Chołoniewski. Nebesny is a laureate of competitions for student composers (1993, 1994) and is the recipient of the Mykola Lysenko Prize (2002) and the Levko Revutsky Prize. For a long time, he was the director of the Klaster ensemble of contemporary music in Lviv. Since 2006 he has served as the music director of the Kyiv Music Fest. Ivan Nebesny’s works have been performed in England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, and Austria by such performers as the ensemble recherche (Germany), Mondschein Ensemble (Czech Republic), Marek Chołoniewski (Poland), and a number of Ukrainian artists.
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 National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music, 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 scholarship 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 both composer and pianist (first prize in the M. Lysenko International Competition, 1992, as a composer). He is also a laureate of the Levko Revutsky Prize (2005) and the Borys Lyatoshynsky Prize (2016). Kryvopust performs widely as a pianist and has participated in many festivals and performed recitals as a soloist and chamber player. His works are performed regularly at such international festivals as Kyiv Music Fest and Season’s Music Premieres by Ukraine’s leading orchestras and ensembles. From 2009 to 2011, he was director of the international festival Music of Youth 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.
Composer and cellist ZOLTAN ALMASHI was born in 1975 in Lviv. He graduated from Lviv’s Lysenko Academy of Music with degrees in cello performance and composition (1998, 1999), and in 2002 completed his graduate studies in composition at the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in Kyiv, under Yevhen Stankovych. A winner of two prizes in the International Prokofiev Competition—as cellist and as composer—he is also a laureate of the Levko Revutsky Prize (2003) and the Borys Lyatoshynsky Prize (2012). In 2008, he was the recipient of a Gaude Polonia scholarship offered by the Polish Ministry of Culture. Almashi regularly participates as both performer and composer in all major music festivals in Ukraine: Contrasts [Kontrasty] in Lviv; Music of Youth Forum, Kyiv Music Fest, and Season’s Music Premieres in Kyiv; and Two Days and Two Nights in Odessa. He is the cellist in the National Ensemble of Soloists Kyiv Camerata, and also a member of the Nostri Temporis ensemble of contemporary music, member and artistic director of the Gulfstream String Quartet, as well as co-founder and director of the eponymous festival of classical and contemporary chamber music. Zoltan Almashi is the author of more than 70 works in various genres which have been performed in Switzerland, France, Poland, the Netherlands, Belarus, and Moldova.
First Prize winner of the 2013 Ima Hogg Competition, clarinetist MORAN KATZ also received the Audience Choice Prize and the Artistic Encouragement Prize voted on by the Houston Symphony musicians. In 2009 alone, she won the First Prize at the Freiburg International Clarinet Competition in Germany, the Second Prize at the Beijing International Music Competition for Clarinet in China, and the First Prize and Overall Prize at the Midland/Odessa National Young Artist Competition in Texas. Her performance credits include recitals for the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society, and the Fine Arts Recital Series in Sarasota, FL; a New York City debut recital at Merkin Concert Hall as part of the Tuesday Matinee Recital Series; and a Debut at the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic. Her chamber music appearances include such venues as the United Nations Hall (Switzerland), France’s “Les Musicales” Festival in Colmar, Les Invalides in Paris, Palais des Fêtes in Strasbourg, Marlboro Music Festival, Canandaigua’s Lake Music Festival, Cooperstown Music Festival, Mt. Desert Music Festival, Roaring Hooves Festival in Mongolia, Two Days and Two Nights Festival in Ukraine, Music in Drumcliffe (Ireland), Homburg Musiktage (Germany), and New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, MoMa, Symphony Space, Miller Theater and Bargemusic, among others. Ms. Katz received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, where she was admitted with presidential distinction and a full scholarship. She was a member of Ensemble ACJW—The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the NYC Department of Education, performing chamber music at Carnegie Hall and bringing classical music to students in NYC public schools. Ms. Katz is on the faculty of Vassar College.
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 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, Newport 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 Kyiv Music Fest (Ukraine). 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 four 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. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, and the late Rafael Druian, she holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University.
YVES DHARAMRAJ has earned a worldwide reputation as a dynamic cellist who blends an immaculate command of the instrument with deep musical understanding to express his fresh and elegant interpretations. As soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and teaching artist, 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 (DC); Orchestra Hall, Ravinia Festival, and Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago); Disney Hall (LA); National Arts Center (Ottawa); Berliner Festspiele; Téatro Nacional (Dominican Republic); Panama Jazz Festival; and the Thailand National Cultural Center (Bangkok). A top prize winner in the Ima Hogg, Irving M. Klein, Florida Orchestra, Juilliard, and ASTA competitions, Mr. Dharamraj has appeared with the orchestras of Houston, Green Bay, Edmonton, Florida, Dominican Republic, and Juilliard, with which he performed William Schuman’s A Song of Orpheus at Avery Fisher Hall as part of the Juilliard School’s Centennial Celebration. He explores the rich chamber music repertoire as a founding member of the Moët Trio and has collaborated with such artists as Sir Simon Rattle, Itzhak Perlman, Miriam Fried, Christian Tetzlaff, Cho-Liang Lin, Gilbert Kalish, Ralph Kirshbaum, Mischa Dichter, Isabel Leonard, and members of the Emerson, Cleveland, Guarneri, and Orion Quartets. As an artist also dedicated to the performance of contemporary music, Mr. Dharamraj is a founding member of the genre-defying Bohemian Trio and indulges in the avant-garde as the cellist of Ne(x)tworks. He is a member of the Decoda chamber collective and cofounded the New Docta International Music Festival in Cordoba, Argentina in 2013 to mentor and nurture Latin American talent. Yves Dharamraj was a pupil of Aldo Parisot at Yale University where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History (Medieval Mediterranean Studies), a Master of Music, and an Artist Diploma. He further studied in Joel Krosnick and Darrett Adkins’s studio at the Juilliard School, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
Music at the Institute sponsored by the Ukrainian Institute of America.