On Saturday, November 9, 2019, Music at the Institute (MATI) presented Heart and Soul concert. It featured Teryn Kuzma, soprano, Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin, Christine Grossman, viola, Yves Dharamraj, cello, and Christina Dahl, piano.
TERYN KUZMA is a Ukrainian-American soprano, hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, where she studies voice with Dr. Constance Rock. Ms. Kuzma is a member of the Women’s Bandura Ensemble of North America, where she is an ensemble member and serves on the artistic committee. Ms. Kuzma is a recent graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance. While at school, she perfor med with the Opera Theater and Opera Outreach programs in several roles, including Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Amalia Balash in She Loves Me, Una Novizia in Suor Angelica, and a Fairy Sprite in Massenet’s Cendrillon. Most recently, she appeared with The Ohio Light Opera in Wooster as the understudy of Anina in Emmerich Kálmán’s operetta, The Devil’s Rider, and as an ensemble member and featured soloist. Last year, she attended the SongFest Program in Los Angeles as a Young Artist and won the 2018 University of Connecticut Concerto & Aria Competition. In the summer 2019, Teryn was a featured artist at the Ukrainian Art Song Project in Canada.
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 is equally in demand as a chamber musician 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.
CHRISTINA DAHL is a chamber musician, soloist and teacher who has been on the piano faculty at Stony Brook University for twenty-five years. She has spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival, been a collaborating artist at the Steans Institute of the Ravinia Festival, and was a fellow both at the Tanglewood Center and at the Banff Center. Christina was both a faculty member and chair of the piano department at the Eastern Music Festival for nine years, and subsequently joined the faculty at the Icicle Creek Music Center and Yellow Barn Festival and School. She has been a visiting faculty member variously at the Cleveland Institute, Peabody Conservatory and Ithaca College. She has twice been a cultural ambassador for the US State Department. She is in frequent demand as a master class teacher, regularly appearing on such distinguished series as the Steinhardt Piano Series at NYU and the Art of the Piano at CCM. She is a core member of Ensemble HD, which was founded by Joshua Smith. And which includes members of the Cleveland Orchestra. The Ensemble performs in concert halls as well as nontraditional venues, including bars, parks, festivals and schools. Ensemble HD released its first double vinyl album in May 2013, Live at the Happy Dog. It was recorded at The Happy Dog, a local bar/restaurant in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District, which has provided both an inspiring home base and an enthusiastic crowd for many appearances. The album was hailed by Audiophile Review as “a recording of lovingly performed chamber music” and by the Economist, which noted that the “challenging, ambitious pieces by 20th-century composers such as Dmitri Shostakovich, Anton Webern and Arvo Part divert the crowd from their beers and the awed silence after a piece, before the applause, can be as beautiful as the music itself.” Ensemble HD has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, BBC and PBS, and in The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer, among others.
Violinist SOLOMIYA IVAKHIV, hailed by critics for her “crystal clear and noble sound” (Culture and Life, Ukraine), enjoys an international career as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, North America, and China. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, CBC Glen Gould Studio, Curtis Institute Field Concert Hall, Italian Academy in New York City, Pickman Hall in Cambridge, MA, San Jose Chamber Music Society, Old First Concerts in San Francisco, Astoria Music Festival (Portland), Tchaikovsky Hall (Kyiv), and at UConn’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. Ms Ivakhiv has made solo appearances with the International Symphony, Istanbul State Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, Hunan Symphony Orchestra in China, the AACC, and the Bach Festival Orchestra. Her album, Ukraine-Journey to Freedom, released on Labor Records with NAXOS of America was featured among the top five classical albums on iTunes. The new album Mendelssohn Concertos, featuring the “other” violin concerto and a grand double concerto with pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi, conductor Theodore Kuchar and Slovak National Symphony was released on November 1, 2019 by Brilliant Classics and made it to the top New Classical Releases on Spotify. Ms. Ivakhiv 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. Solomiya 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.
Born to a musical family and raised in New York City, CHRISTINE GROSSMAN began playing the violin at the age of five, piano at the age of ten, and viola at sixteen. She received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in viola performance from the Juilliard School where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang. Past teachers also include Roberto Diaz, Karen Ritscher, Patti Kopec, Isaac Malkin, and Dorothy Roffman. Before moving to Kansas City, Ms. Grossman previously held positions with the Pacific Symphony, Delaware Symphony, and was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Grossman was formerly in the California Quartet, based in San Diego. Other performances and festival appearances include Portland Chamber Music Festival (ME), Laguna Beach Music Festival (CA), Great Lakes Music Festival (MI), Festival Mozaic (CA), Emerald City Music Festival (WA), and Missouri River Festival of the Arts in Boonville, MO. Ms. Grossman served as the Principal Violist with the Kansas City Symphony from 2008 until 2019. She enjoyed several solo appearances with the orchestra, including Berlioz’ Harold in Italy, an arrangement of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody featuring solo viola as Freddie Mercury, and most recently, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Ms. Grossman was the viola professor at the International Center for Music at Park University in Parkville, MO, from 2013 until 2019. She also teaches violin and viola privately. In January 2018, Ms. Grossman was featured as an “Artist to Watch” in KC Studio Magazine.