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Selected works from collections published by the Muzychna Ukrayina Publishing House

On November 30, 2013, Kyiv’s Muzychna Ukrayina Publishing House, in collaboration with the Ukrainian Music Institute of America (Bohdanna Wolanska, director), presented Bohdan Kryvopust (pianist and lecturer), American cellist and judge at the M. Lysenko Competition in Ukraine Michael Carrera, violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv, and students of the Ukrainian Music Institute of America performing works by Kossenko, Kolodub, Yakymenko, Stankovych, Skoryk, and Kryvopust, and works for children from collections published by Muzychna Ukrayina.

The state specialized publishing house MUZYCHNA UKRAYINA (Musical Ukraine) was established in Kyiv in the autumn of 1966. It specializes in the publication of printed music and musicological literature, text books and study guides for music schools, works about and by composers and music critics, as well as learner series for children and works for amateur ensembles. During the 45 years of its existence, Muzychna Ukrayina published more than 5,000 books, including works of world music, symphonic, chamber, instrumental, vocal, and choral works by both classic and modern Ukrainian composers, collections of musical folklore, and scientific and popular books and anthologies.

The UKRAINIAN MUSIC INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (UMI) is the largest and longest lived music school of the Ukrainian diaspora. Founded in 1952 in New York, the institute at one time or another spread to 22 cities in the eastern U.S.A. In its 60 years of activity, UMI has united hundreds of professional musicians and enabled thousands of students to formally study Ukrainian and world music literature in an 8- to 12-year diploma program. UMI students take part in American national competitions, often achieving high marks with Ukrainian repertoire. Through their efforts and performing teachers, Ukrainian music is heard in such elite music venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Academy of Music, in colleges and universities, on radio, television, and recordings.

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 Kyiv National P. I. Tchaikovsky Music Academy of Ukraine, 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 grant 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 a composer (first prize in the M. Lysenko International Competition, 1992) and as a pianist (laureate of the L. Revutsky Award, 2005). Mr. Kryvopust has participated in many festivals and performed recitals as a soloist and chamber ensemble player. Since 2000, he has been a member of the Ukrainian National Composers’ Union. Since December 2008, he has been Director of the International Festival Youth Music 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.

Violinist SOLOMIYA IVAKHIV, noted by critics for performing with “a distinctive charm and subtle profundity” (Daily Freeman), enjoys an international career as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, North America, and China. Her numerous festival credits include Tanglewood and the Embassy Series (U.S.), Musique de Chambre à Giverny (France), Prussia Cove (England), Banff Centre and Ottawa ChamberFest (Canada), Modern Music “Contrasts” and the Kyiv International Music Fest (Ukraine), and Verbier Festival (Switzerland). Ms Ivakhiv, who made her debut with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of twelve, has appeared as soloist with the International Symphony, Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, Henderson Symphony, Londontowne Symphony, Orchestra of Southern Utah, and Civic Orchestra of New Haven in the U.S., and extensively in her native Ukraine with the Lviv Philharmonic, Virtuozy Lvova, and the Ukrainian National Symphony. In China, she has appeared with the Hunan Symphony Orchestra. Many of her concerts have been broadcast on National Public Radio, Voice of America Radio, Ukrainian National Radio and Television, and China’s Hunan Television. Ms Ivakhiv is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and holds a Doctorate of Music Arts degree from Stony Brook University. Her principal teachers have been Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, the late Rafael Druian, and Philip Setzer. She is Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Ohio University and the Artistic Director of the “Music at the Institute” Concert Series.

Cellist MICHAEL CARRERA has performed in some of the world’s greatest concert halls as a chamber musician, concert soloist, and recitalist. He has been heard in radio performances on Germany’s MDR, France’s Radio 3, and National Public Radio in the U.S. Since graduating from the Manhattan School of Music, he has performed over 400 concerts throughout the United States and Europe as a founding and former member of the Arcata String Quartet, which made its debut in Carnegie Hall in 2001 to great critical acclaim. He has collaborated with members of the Tokyo, Borromeo, Guarneri, American, and Emerson String Quartets, as well as with Peter Rejto of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, Pamela Frank, Charles Castleman, Eugenia Zuckerman, Gail Niwa, and Paul Colleti. In world premiere performances, Mr. Carrera has championed the solo and chamber works of Paul Chihara, Judith Shatin, Mark Phillips, David Noon, Nils Vigeland, and William Campbell. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Juniper Chamber Music Festival, where international artists come together for one week in informal concerts, master classes, and outreach activities. For the past 10 years, he has been the Director of Strings and Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at Ohio University in Athens. He has recorded on the New World Records, Equilibrium, Origin, and VOX labels. His latest recordings include the Miklos Rozsas Sinfonia Concertante for violin, cello, and orchestra and a CD entitled “Sticks and Stones” for percussion and strings—specifically, Tan Dun’s “Elegy: Snow in June,” concerto for cello and percussion ensemble. The recipient of numerous outstanding reviews, this CD is now considered to be one of the authoritative performances of this work by Tan Dun.

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Memorial Concert in honor of Jaroslav Kryshtalsky

On Saturday, October 5th, 2013 a Memorial Concert was held at the Ukrainian Institute of America in honor of Jaroslav Kryshtalsky its esteemed past president. Violinists Oleh Kaskiv, Solomiya Ivakhiv, Emilie-Anne Gendron and Mario Gotoh performed, along with violist Borys Deviatov, cellist Michael Haas, pianist Mykola Sukand and bassist Ryan Kamm.

Jaroslav Kryshtalsky (1933 – 2012)

Jaroslav Kryshtalsky (1933 – 2012)

Over several decades, Jaroslav Kryshtalsky dedicated himself to supporting and leading the Ukrainian Institute of America. In addition to his active membership and generous patronage, he served on the Board of Directors and from 2005 to 2009 as President of the UIA. His leadership focused on membership, programs, fundraising, process, communication, and succession planning. An avid music lover, he was especially supportive of the “Music at the Institute” concert series as its patron and benefactor. Jaroslav Kryshtalsky was exceedingly generous with his time, talents, insights, and resources. His energy, focus, wisdom, and his presence are deeply missed.

Pianist MYKOLA SUK, the winner of the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 1971 International Liszt-Bartok Competition in Budapest, has been described by American Record Guide as “a formidable talent… with an astonishing blend of muscular power, poetry, and utter control.” His international career has spanned four continents, with performances in the most prestigious venues, from the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory to Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall. He has appeared to great critical acclaim as both soloist and chamber musician on the world’s major concert stages and at many distinguished chamber music festivals.

Violinist SOLOMIYA IVAKHIV, noted by critics for performing with “a distinctive charm and subtle profundity” (Daily Freeman), enjoys an international career as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, North America, and China. Her national and international festival credits include Tanglewood and Embassy Series (U.S.), Musique de Chambre à Giverny (France), Prussia Cove (England), Banff Centre and Ottawa ChamberFest (Canada), Modern Music “Contrasts” and KyivFest (Ukraine), and Verbier Festival (Switzerland). She has appeared as soloist with the International Symphony, Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, Henderson Symphony, LondontowneSymphony, Orchestra of Southern Utah, and Civic Orchestra of New Haven in the U.S., and extensively in her native Ukraine with the Lviv Philharmonic, Virtuozy Lvova, and the Ukrainian National Symphony. In China, she has appeared with the Hunan Symphony Orchestra. She is Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Ohio University.

Violinist OLEH KASKIV began his musical studies at the Lysenko Conservatory in Lviv, Ukraine. In 1996, he won a scholarship to study under the tutelage of Alberto Lysy at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. He is now Professor of Violin at the Academy and leads the Menuhin Academy Orchestra. As a soloist, he regularly performs in his native Ukraine with the National Symphony of Ukraine, the Odessa Philharmonic, and the Lviv Philharmonic Symphony Orchestras and worldwide, with the Camerata Lysy, Camerata de Lausanne, Symphonisches Orchester Zurich, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, and the Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden.

Violinist EMILIE-ANNE GENDRON, lauded by The New York Times as a “brilliant soloist” and by France’s ClassiqueInfo for her “excellent technical mastery” and “undeniable sensitivity,” enjoys an active freelance career based in New York. A deeply committed chamber musician, she is a member of the Momenta Quartet, two-time recipient of the Koussevitzky commission grant and in its tenth year of residence at Temple University. She is also a frequent leader of the conductor-less Sejong Soloists, with which she recently recorded the Mendelssohn Octotet with Gil Shaham; a member of the Toomai String Quintet, specializing in innovative educational outreach and community engagement; and on the roster of the Marlboro Music Festival and the touring Musicians from Marlboro.

Violinist and violist MARIO GOTOH has performed as soloist and chamber musician across North America, the UK, Europe, and Asia. Her appearances at major music festivals include Festival Consonances (France), International Masterclasses Apeldoorn (Netherlands), Banff Centre (Canada), Aspen Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Music Academy of the West, Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance, International Computer Music Festival, and National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts National ARTS Week. She has served as concertmaster, principal violin, and principal viola in orchestras and performs regularly with several ensembles in New York City, including the Knights, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Ballet Next.

Violist BORYS DEVIATOV is a graduate of the Lysenko Conservatory in Lviv and the winner of top prizes in viola competitions and as a conductor. As a member of the critically acclaimed Leontovych String Quartet, he performed in the major concert halls of North and South America, Europe, and the Far East and participated in many international music festivals, including Lincoln Center’s “Mostly Mozart,” Newport, and Music Mountain. He has collaborated in chamber music performances with such distinguished artists as Yuri Bashmet, Ruggiero Ricci, and Ruth Laredo, to name but a few. He is a member of the Lumina String Quartet and the New York Chamber Symphony and is principal violist of the Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra.

Cellist MICHAEL HAAS frequently performs chamber and orchestral music in New York City and across the country. He is the cellist of the Momenta Quartet, a recent winner of the prestigious Koussevitzky Music Foundation commission grant, and of Silver Roots, a trio that focuses on mixing classical music with folk and world music traditions. Most recently, he has performed at the Society for Ethical Culture, Alice Tully Hall, and The Kennedy Center. A member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, he has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Princeton Symphony.

RYAN KAMM, double bass, is an active teacher and performer, who has held positions with the Nashville Symphony, New World Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and Haddonfield Symphony. He has appeared as a substitute with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, American Ballet Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, and the North Carolina Symphony. His festival appearances include the Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto, National Repertory Orchestra, and Kent/Blossom Chamber Festival. He is a co-director of the Preparatory Division at Bard College Conservatory of Music and teaches double bass at Bard College and the Diller Quaile School of Music in New York City.

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MATI “LYATOSHYNSKY AND SHOSTAKOVICH: SYMBOLISM IN EASTERN EUROPE”

On Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Ukrainian Institute of America, Music at the Institute (MATI) presented “LYATOSHYNSKY AND SHOSTAKOVICH: SYMBOLISM IN EASTERN EUROPE.” The concert showcased Lucy Shelton, soprano; Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin; YI Chun Chen, cello and Angelina Gadeliya, piano.

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The only artist to receive the International Walter W. Naumburg Award twice, as a soloist and as a chamber musician, soprano LUCY SHELTON has performed repertoire from Bach to Boulez in major recital, chamber, and orchestral venues throughout the world. Highly acclaimed as an interpreter of new music, Ms Shelton continues to bring new audiences into the sound world of new works, often composed for her. A native Californian, her musical training began early with the study of both piano and flute. After graduating from Pomona College, she pursued singing at the New England Conservatory and at the Aspen Music School, where she studied with Jan de Gaetani. Lucy Shelton has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School. She is currently on the faculty of the Tanglewood Music Center and coaches privately at her studio in New York City. She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, KOCH International, Bridge Records, Unicorn-Kanchana, and Virgin Classics.

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Violinist SOLOMIYA IVAKHIV has quickly earned a reputation for performing with “a distinctive charm and subtle profundity” (Daily Freeman) and has embarked on an international career that has included performances in concert halls throughout Europe, North America, and China. Born in Ukraine, she made her debut with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of thirteen and has won top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Sergei Prokofiev and the Yaroslav Kocian International Competitions, and the Fritz Kreisler Charles Miller Award from the Curtis Institute of Music. Ms Ivakhiv has performed at major festivals, including Steamboat Springs, Musique de Chambre à Giverny in France, Prussia Cove in England, Tanglewood, Ottawa ChamberFest, Bach Festival, Holland Music Festival, Verbier in Switzerland, Normandy Chamber Music Festival, “Virtuozy,” KyivFest, and the “Contrast” Festival of Modern Music in Ukraine. Her performances have aired on National Public Radio, Voice of America Radio, Ukrainian National Radio and Television, and China’s Hunan Television. As a chamber musician, Ms Ivakhiv collaborates with many of today’s finest artists, including Joseph Silverstein, Claude Frank, Gary Graffman, and Steven Isserlis. An avid proponent of modern music, she premiered the Violin Concerto No. 2 by Ukrainian composer Yevhen Stankovych, “Three Songs for Henie” written for her by American composer Eli Marshall, and has recorded original music by Philadelphia-based composer David Ludwig. Solomiya Ivakhiv is a graduate of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music and holds a Doctorate of Music Arts degree from Stony Brook University. Her principal teachers have been Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, the late Rafael Druian, and Philip Setzer. She is the Artistic Director of the “Music at the Institute” Concert Series (MATI).

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Cellist YI-CHUN CHEN, a native of Taichung, Taiwan, won the Taichung City Cello Competition in both the children and junior divisions for four consecutive years. She was also the winner of the Taiwan cello competition in 1994 and 1996 as a representative of Taichung city. In 1998, at the age of fifteen, she entered the Curtis Institute of Music in the U.S., where she studied with David Soyer, the renowned founding cellist of the Guarneri Quartet. Under his tutelage, she developed a great interest in chamber music and took part in the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival from 1999 to 2001 with the support of the Gerald F. Warburg Cello Scholarship. She went on to pursue her master’s degree at Boston University. In 2004 she joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic and that same year was awarded the “Talent in Art” Scholarship from the Chi Mei Foundation and the “New Rising Artist in Music” in Taiwan. Chen also has abundant orchestral experience. She was principal cellist of the Taiwan Youth Orchestra in 1994-1996. In 1997 she won the Vigor International Corporation Scholarship, which allowed her to take part in the Asian Youth Orchestra tour with Yo-Yo Ma in Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, and Singapore. In 1999 she toured Europe with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra under conductor Andre Previn and with violinist Anne Sophie Mutter. Chen was a member of Haddonfield Symphony in 2001 and 2002. She was principal cellist of the Boston University Orchestra in 2003 and was also appointed acting principal of Hingham Symphony that same year. In 2004 she took part in the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.

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Born in Sukhumi, Georgia, Ukrainian pianist ANGELINA GADELIYA has performed widely as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, as well as France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Israel, and Ukraine. She completed three seasons with the prestigious Ensemble ACJW, and as a fellow in the Academy–a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute–was actively involved in educational outreach in New York City, and performed regularly at Carnegie Hall, as well as at the Juilliard School. She and her colleagues from the Academy have formed a new ensemble, The Declassified, an exciting new collective seeking to reinvigorate the world of classical music through revelatory audience engagement, community outreach, and innovative programming. Ms Gadeliya has participated in highly acclaimed residencies with the ensemble at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany, the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival, and at Princeton University. She has appeared as soloist with the Sinfonia of Colorado, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, as well as with the Fort Worth, South Dakota, Oberlin, and Stony Brook symphonies. In 2007, she was invited to perform as part of Carnegie Hall’s Discovery Day for the Emerson String Quartet’s Beethoven Project, as well as the Mahler Symphonies Project in 2009. Twice a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, she has collaborated with such artists as Lucy Shelton, James Conlon, Solomiya Ivakhiv, Thomas Ades, David Stern, Andrew Manze, John Adams, Steve Reich, members of the New York Philharmonic, and the internationally acclaimed Mark Morris Dance Group. Her recent performances include solo and chamber music recitals in such venues as New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, the Consulate of France, the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, the New York Historical Society, and the German Consulate; and at such festivals as the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, the Beethoven Master Course in Positano, Italy, the Reynosa International Piano Festival in Mexico, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and David Dubal’s “Chopin and Schumann at 200” lecture series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since the summer of 2009, Ms Gadeliya has served as a faculty member at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is currently a faculty member at the Colorado Springs Conservatory of Music.

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“Music at the Institute” was sponsored by the Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 East 79th Street, New York, NY
Solomiya Ivakhiv — Artistic Director • Mykola Suk — Artistic Advisor.

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MATI SPECIAL EVENT “MYROSLAV SKORYK: COMPLETE WORKS FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO CD RELEASE.”

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the Ukrainian Institute of America, Music at the Institute (MATI) presented a Special Event “Myroslav Skoryk: complete works for violin and piana CD release.” The concert showcased Solomia Soroka, violin and Arthur Greene, piano.

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Violinist SOLOMIA SOROKA, born in Lviv, Ukraine, is among the most accomplished Ukrainian musicians of her generation. She won top prizes in three international violin competitions held in the former Soviet Union – the Prokofiev, Lysenko, and Zolota Osin competitions. Ms Soroka earned her master’s degree summa cum laude and completed postgraduate studies at the Kyiv Conservatory, and later served on its faculty in the chamber music department. She also has a D.M.A. degree from the Eastman School of Music. Solomia Soroka made her solo debut at age 10, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, and has since appeared as soloist with that orchestra on numerous occasions. She has performed with the National Symphony of Ukraine and other orchestras in Ukraine, Australia, and the United States. Praised for playing “with great warmth and authority” (BBC Music Magazine), she has performed as soloist and as chamber musician at concerts and festivals in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, USA, Canada, China, and Taiwan. She has premiered a number of important contemporary Ukrainian compositions for violin, including works by Borys Lyatoshynsky, Myroslav Skoryk, and Yevhen Stankovych. Since her American debut in 1997, she has performed throughout the U.S. In a review of her recital in Washington, D.C. as part of the Smithsonian Institute performing arts series, The Washington Post described her as “a superbly equipped violinist… Her tone is warm and mellow on the low strings, brilliant on the high strings, perfectly controlled and expressively used.” Solomia Soroka has toured and recorded extensively with her husband, the American pianist Arthur Greene. Their Naxos recording of Four Violin Sonatas by William Bolcom was selected as a Recording of the Month with the highest ranking for both artistry and sound quality by Classics Today, and was hailed as “Another virtuoso piece…confidently delivered by this brilliant duo” (Gramophone). And their recording of the violin sonatas of Nikolai Roslavets, also for Naxos, has received international attention: “Soroka seemed utterly confident, catching a haunting, languid quality within Roslavets’s elusive harmonic idiom……” (The Strad). In the past two years Ms Soroka has been recording for Toccata Records, based in London. Her two premier recordings, the violin/piano music by forgotten American violinist Arthur Hartmann and the music by Holocaust composer Leone Sinigaglia, were released in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Solomia Soroka is currently a professor of violin at Goshen College, Indiana. She studied with Hersh Heifetz, Bohodar Kotorovych, Liudmyla Zvirko, and Charles Castleman.

Pianist ARTHUR GREENE’s dynamic and personal performances have won him acclaim in concert halls and competitions throughout the world. “A profound musician” (The Washington Post); “A masterful pianist (The New York Times); “Intoxicating appeal” (Mainichi Daily News, Japan); “A romantic splendor of sound-colors” (Ruhr Nachrichten); “Stellar Scriabinist” (American Record Guide) – these are but a few of the press accolades garnered by Arthur Greene. He is the winner of gold medals in the William Kapell and Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions. Arthur Greene has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Czech National Symphony, the Tokyo Symphony, the National Symphony of Ukraine, and many others. He has played recitals in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Moscow Rachmaninov Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Lisbon Sao Paulo Opera House, Hong Kong City Hall, and concert houses in Shanghai and Beijing. He has toured Japan 12 times. Mr. Greene was an Artistic Ambassador to Serbia, Kosovo, and Bosnia for the United States Information Agency. Arthur Greene has performed the complete solo piano works of Johannes Brahms in a series of six programs at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. He has performed the 10 Sonata Cycle of Alexander Scriabin in Sofia, Kyiv, Salt Lake City, and other venues. His recording of these 10 Sonatas will be released in 2013. He has recorded the Complete Etudes of Scriabin for Supraphon. He has recorded the Violin-Piano Sonatas of William Bolcom and Nikolai Roslavets on two discs for Naxos, and the Violin-Piano music of Myroslav Skoryk, with his wife, the violinist Solomia Soroka. Mr. Greene received degrees from Yale University and Juilliard, and studied with Martin Canin. He is the Professor of Piano at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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MATI “BEETHOVEN, BARVINSKY, BRAHMS AND MORE”

On Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the Ukrainian Institute of America, Music at the Institute (MATI) presented “Beethoven, Barvinsky, Brahms and more.” The concert showcased Steven Tenenbom, viola, Peter Wiley, cello and Lydia Artymiw, piano.

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STEVEN TENENBOM’s impeccable style and sumptuous tone have combined to make him one of the most respected violists performing today. He has appeared as guest artist with the Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson and Beaux Arts Trios. As soloist, he has appeared with the Utah Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Brandenburg Ensemble. Mr. Tenenbom is the violist of the Orion String Quartet, the Quartet-in-Residence of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Mannes College of Music, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He is also a co-founder of the exciting piano quartet, OPUS ONE. Mr. Tenenbom is a member of the viola faculty of The Juilliard School and the Bard College Conservatory of Music. He is also is the Coordinator of String Chamber Music of the Curtis Institute of Music. His recent recordings of the complete Beethoven quartets with the Orion Quartet are available on Koch International. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Mr. Tenenbom’s teachers have included Max Mandel, Heidi Castleman, Milton Thomas at USC, and Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle at the Curtis Institute of Music. Married to violinist Ida Kavafian, the Tenenboms live in Connecticut where they breed, raise and show champion Vizsla purebred dogs.

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Cellist PETER WILEY enjoys a prolific career as a performer and teacher. He is a member of the piano quartet, OPUS ONE, a group he co-founded in 1998 with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violinist Ida Kavafian, and violist Steven Tenenbom. Mr. Wiley attended the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of David Soyer. He joined the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1974. The following year he was appointed principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for eight years. From 1987 through 1998, Mr. Wiley was cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio. In 2001 he succeeded his mentor, David Soyer, as cellist of the Guarneri Quartet. The quartet retired from the concert stage in 2009. He has been awarded an Avery Fischer Career Grant and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1998 with the Beaux Arts Trio and in 2009 with the Guarneri Quartet. Mr. Wiley participates at leading festivals, including Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, OK Mozart, Santa Fe, Bravo! and Bridgehampton. He continues his long association with the Marlboro Music Festival, dating back to 1971. Mr. Wiley teaches at the Curtis Institute of Music and Bard College Conservatory of Music.

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Pianist LYDIA ARTYMIW has emerged as one of the most compelling talents among pianists of her generation. The recipient of both an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Prize, she has performed with over one hundred orchestras worldwide, with many of the leading conductors of our time. American orchestral appearances include the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, as well as such orchestras as Cincinnati, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Minnesota, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Solo recital tours have taken her to all major American cities and to important European music centers, such as London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Rome, Zurich, Helsinki, and throughout the Far East (Taiwan, China, Korea, Singapore, Philippines). Critics have acclaimed her seven solo recordings for the Chandos label, and she has also recorded for Bridge, Centaur, Pantheon, and Artegra. Festival appearances include Aspen, Bantry (Ireland), Bay Chamber, Bravo! Vail Valley, Caramoor, Chamber Music Northwest, Chautauqua, Grand Canyon, Hollywood Bowl, Marlboro, Montreal, Mostly Mozart, Seattle, and Tucson. An acclaimed chamber musician, Ms Artymiw has collaborated with such celebrated artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Stoltzman, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, Kim Kashkashian, John Aler, Benita Valente (with whom she has recorded for Centaur and Pantheon), the Guarneri, Tokyo, American, Borromeo, Miami, Orion, and Shanghai Quartets, and she has toured nationally with Music from Marlboro groups. Along with Arnold Steinhardt (first violinist of the Guarneri Quartet) and Jules Eskin (principal cellist of the Boston Symphony), she was a member of the Steinhardt-Artymiw-Eskin Trio for over ten years. A recipient of top prizes in the 1976 Leventritt and the 1978 Leeds International Competitions, she graduated from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and studied with Gary Graffman for twelve years. Lydia Artymiw is the McKnight Distinguished Professor of Piano at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and received the “Dean’s Medal” for Outstanding Professor in 2000.

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MATI “Of Song, Dance and Remembrance” – Celebrating Virko Baley’s 75th Birthday

On Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Ukrainian Institute of America, Music at the Institute (MATI) presented “Of Song, Dance and Remembrance” – Celebrating Virko Baley’s 75th Birthday.

Virko BAleyVIRKO BALEY is a Jacyk Fellow at Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and Distinguished Professor of Music, Composer-in-Residence, and co-director of NEON, an annual composers’ conference, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received a 2007 Grammy® Award as recording co-producer for TNC Recordings and the prestigious Academy Award in Music 2008 from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The citation read:

“A highly cultured, polyglot intellectual, brilliant pianist and a dynamic and accomplished conductor, the Ukrainian-born Virko Baley composes music which is dramatically expansive of gesture, elegant and refined of detail and profoundly lyrical. It is music which ‘sings’ with passionate urgency whether it embraces (as in his more recent work) folkloric elements from his origins or finds expression in a more universal style of modernism typical of his earlier music. It is always a singular voice and a deeply felt and acutely heard music.”

Virko Baley was born in Ukraine in 1938, but has spent his creative life in the United States and considers himself a citizen of the world. Multi-disciplinary, he infuses his music with themes of contemporary and traditional motifs. Shirley Fleming, reviewing a concert of his music given by CONTINUUM in the New York Post called his music “vibrant, dramatic, communicative, much of it framed by extra-musical allusions that place it in a solid context.” The New York premiere of Concerto No. 1, quasi una fantasia for violin by the New Juilliard Ensemble, Joel Sachs conductor, Tom Teh Chiu, soloist, prompted the Village Voice critic Kyle Gann to describe it as full of “sonic images memorable enough to take home.” His Symphony No. 1: “Sacred Monuments” was described by David Hurwitz in Classics Today as, “Powerfully imagined, clearly articulated, and quite moving… It’s a very serious ambitious statement by a gifted artist, and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it turns out to have more staying power than many other contemporary works by today’s trendier composers.” In 2010, reviewing a recent CD released of Virko Baley’s music, Robert Schulslaper wrote that “Baley’s music [is] deeply lyrical and emotively powerful in equal measure. Recommended,” while American Record Guide pronounced, “These are exceptional compositions and fantastic performances. The language in these pieces is a part of a larger context of exploration for new sounds in the world of instrumental music.” In reviewing Baley’s monumental chamber cycle Treny in Gramophone, Ken Smith wrote “The strength of the piece lies in its highly – and unapologetically – emotional content, dispensed artfully with the utmost thematic discretion…Hearing nearly 73 minutes of brooding Slavic ruminations on death may not inspire much toe-tapping, but Baley does arrive at an effective catharsis. The vocal line, whose wordless hum soon blooms into a text reconciling itself to human morality, descends on the earthiness of the cello like a message from above. In delivering it, soprano Olga Pasichnyk floats her voice like an angel.”

A recipient of the 1996 Shevchenko Prize for Music from the Ukrainian government, he has also distinguished himself as conductor, producer, and writer, as the author of a number of articles on various musical topics and a contributing editor to both New Grove Opera and New Grove 2000 Dictionary of Music on the subject of Ukrainian music. Together with Ivan Karabyts, he founded the first international music festival in Ukraine, the Kyiv Music Fest. He co-produced and wrote the music for Yuri Illienko’s film Swan Lake: The Zone, which won two top prizes at Cannes in 1990, and the music for Illienko’s last film, A Prayer for Hetman Mazepa. He has led the Kiev Camerata in recordings of over 15 CDs of orchestral music by composers ranging from Mozart, Beethoven, Valentin Silvestrov, and Bernard Rands to Yevhen Stankovych, and he has worked with the Shevchenko Opera Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, as well as the Moscow Philharmonic, Leningrad State Symphony Orchestra, Lviv Philharmonic, Delaware Symphony, Washington Square Orchestra (New York), and many others. For 15 years he was Music Director and Conductor of the Nevada Symphony Orchestra, precursor of the current Las Vegas Philharmonic; in addition he was the founder and for 20 years director of Las Vegas Chamber Players and for 16 years, the Las Vegas Annual Contemporary Music Festival. On February 5, 2013 he will present in concert his most recent work, the opera Holodomor (Red Earth. Hunger) at the Gerald Lynch Theater, College of Criminal Justice, Manhattan, New York.

The concert showcased Fiona Murphy, soprano; Laura Bohn, soprano; John Duykers, tenor; Marta Krechkovsky, violin; Virko Baley, piano; Steven Beck, piano; Jennifer Grim, flute and James Roe, oboe.

JROboist JAMES ROE made his Lincoln Center concerto debut during the 2004 Mostly Mozart Festival and in 2009 performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Oboes in D Minor in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall with The Little Orchestra Society. He is Acting Principal Oboe of The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, a member of The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and the Brooklyn-based chamber orchestra, The Knights, and has appeared as guest principal oboe with The Metropolitan Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and The Houston Grand Opera. In 2006, he was appointed Artistic Director of The Helicon Foundation, where he produces an annual subscription series of chamber music performed on period instruments. Mr. Roe is a member of the Zéphyros Winds, with whom he has concertized widely across the United States.

FMHailed as “dramatically deft and vocally splendid” by the Irish Times, soprano FIONA MURPHY from Dublin, Ireland, had a most successful career as a mezzo soprano in leading roles with the Houston Grand Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. She has now made the transition to the soprano repertoire. Her portrayal of the Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw for Opera Northern Ireland was critically acclaimed in the British press. She was an Opera News magazine “Sound Bites” page featured artist recently and heralded as a soprano to watch. Concert highlights include performances at the Hollywood Bowl, the Barbican, Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center, Festival Hall Liverpool, and the National Concert Hall Dublin.

Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan www.beowulfsheehan.comAmerican pianist STEVEN BECK continues to garner acclaim for his performances and recordings worldwide. The New Yorker praised him as “one of the city’s finest young pianists,” and Anthony Tommasini described a recent New York concert by him as “exemplary” and “deeply satisfying” in The New York Times. Highlights of the 2011-12 season include solo performances of works by Wuorinen in the Guggenheim’s “Works and Process” series, a performance of Messiaen’s Concert a Quatre with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and performances at Darmstadt and Vienna with the Talea Ensemble. Mr. Beck’s annual performances at Bargemusic of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on Christmas Eve and Brandenburg Concertos on New Year’s Eve have become a New York tradition.

JG Hailed as “a deft, smooth flute soloist” by the New York Times, JENNIFER GRIM’s remarkable depth and breadth as a performer of solo and chamber repertoire is gaining broad national acclaim. First prize winner in several national chamber music competitions, she has performed with such groups as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. She is the flutist of the award-winning Zéphyros Winds, as well as the solo flutist of the New York Chamber Soloists and the principal flutist of the Vermont Mozart Festival, where she has performed all the Mozart flute concertos and the flute quartets. A passionate advocate of contemporary music in addition to the standard repertoire, Ms. Grim has performed with some of the leading contemporary groups in New York City, including Speculum Musicae, Manhattan Sinfonietta, ensemble 21 and Sequitur.

MKUkrainian violinist MARTA KRECHKOVSKY, a prizewinner at the Kocian International Violin Competition in the Czech Republic at the age of 10, has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in her native Ukraine, including the Lviv State Symphony Orchestra, and in Canada, with the Canadian Academy Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Sinfonietta, and the Canada Pops Orchestra. An experienced performer of orchestral and chamber music, she has been a substitute player with the New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, as well as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra from 2005 to 2009. Ms. Krechkovsky has participated in numerous music festivals and has served as a concertmaster at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, and the Russian Easter Festival in Russia.

LBSoprano LAURA BOHN is rapidly being recognized as a compelling presence in the new generation of operatic performers, garnering praise as “..an amazing blend of vocal splendor and physical virtuosity” (San Francisco Chronicle). In 2013 the American soprano will appear as Nerone in MonteverdISH, an adaptation of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, which last season toured major theaters throughout northern Europe, including Amsterdam’s Stadsschouwburg and Berlin’s Konzerthaus, to wide acclaim. The soprano’s 2013-14 season includes the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw at West Edge Opera in San Francisco, the female lead in Holodomor, a new opera by Virko Baley about Stalin’s Ukrainian famine, in Las Vegas and New York, and DJ Mozart, an original pastiche of Mozart and breakdance, which will tour major theaters in northern Europe. The 2012 season saw her return to West Edge Opera as Bessie in Mahagonny Songspiel, performances at the Holland Festival, and a national tour as soloist with the Ricciotti Ensemble Orchestra throughout the Netherlands.

JDTenor JOHN DUYKERS has appeared with many of the world’s leading opera companies, including The Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Frankfurt Opera, Opera de Marseilles, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. He has sung in 120 contemporary operas, including 72 world premieres. He created the role of Chairman Mao in John Adams’ Nixon in China. Philip Glass has written three roles for Duykers, including The Visitor (In The Penal Colony) and the role of the Older Galileo in Galileo/Galilei. In 2009 Mr. Duykers co-founded First Look Sonoma with Director Melissa Weaver, dedicated to the creation of new Music Theater Performance Works.

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MATI presented “OLEH KRYSA – CELEBRATING HIS 70TH BIRTHDAY”

On Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the Ukrainian Institute of America, Music at the Institute (MATI) presented “Oleh Krysa – Celebrating his 70th Birthday”. The concert showcased Oleh Krysa on violin and Tatiana Tchekina on piano. Also MATI Artistic Director, the violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv, joined the featured performers during their encores, for which they offered the Shostakovich Waltz and Polka.

Oleh Krysa The Ukrainian-American violinist OLEH KRYSA, long esteemed in the former USSR as a distinguished soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, made his American debut in 1971 at Carnegie Hall. The New York Times heralded it as “a performance to make a violinist’s reputation had he come without one.” After an 18-year absence from the American concert stage, his appearances in 1990 at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center were again met with exceptional critical acclaim, confirming his reputation as a master of his instrument.

A prominent student of David Oistrakh, Oleh Krysa won major prizes at the Wieniawski, Tchaikovsky, and Montreal international competitions and was the outright winner of the Paganini Competition. He has performed solo recitals in the world’s major music centers (including the Great and Small Halls of the Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Hall, Great Hall of the Leningrad Philharmonia, Glinka Hall, Column Hall of the Kiev Philharmonia, Warsaw Philharmonia, Concertgebouw, Brahms Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Teatro alla Scala, Semper Oper, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Kennedy Center, Roy Thomson Hall, Place des Arts, Suntory Hall, Minato Mirai Hall, Seoul Art Center, Taiwan’s National Concert Hall) and with the leading orchestras and ensembles of Moscow, Leningrad, Novosibirsk, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Kyiv, Lviv, Odessa, London, Helsinki, Bergen, Stockholm, Malmo, Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Bonn, Weimar, Stuttgart, Warsaw, Krakow, Katowice, Prague, Brno, Budapest, Bucharest, Sofia, Plovdiv, Belgrade, Zagreb, Istanbul, Ankara, New York, Washington, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Montreal, Toronto, Cape Town, Yokohama, Canberra and Wellington. He has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Kirill Kondrashin, Dimitri Kitajenko, Alexander Dmitriev, Alexander Lazarev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Mark Ermler, Yuri Simonov, Lev Markiz, Saulius Sondeckis, Arvid Jansons, Neeme Jaarvi, Eri Klas, Stepan Turchak, Volodymyr Kozhuhar, Volodymyr Sirenko, Roman Kofman, Taras Krysa, Theodore Kuchar, Virko Baley, Igor Simovich, Yerzy Semkow, Sakari Oramo, Kurt Sanderling, and James de Preist.

Oleh Krysa has also appeared at major music festivals in Europe (“Moscow Stars”, “Prague Spring”, “Warsaw Autumn”, “Sofia Weeks”, Plovdiv, Wiener Fest, Lockenhaus, Schleswig-Holstein, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, Edinburgh, Kuhmo, Korsholm), North America (Aspen, InterHarmony, Park City, Lake Winnipisaukee, Peninsula), Australia (Perth, Townsville), and New Zealand (Wellington). A champion of contemporary music, Oleh Krysa has worked closely with Alfred Schnittke, Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Krzsyzstof Penderecki, Vyacheslav Artyomov, Sydney Hodkinson, Virko Baley, Myroslav Skoryk, Valentin Silvestrov, Yevhen Stankovych and Larry Sitsky. He has premiered a number of their works, many of which were written for and dedicated to him.

In addition to his outstanding solo career, Mr. Krysa was leader of the Kyiv Conservatory Quartet (1970-1973), the Leontovych Quartet (1999-2003), and the celebrated Beethoven String Quartet (1977-1987). Oleh Krysa began his teaching career as chairman of the Violin Department at the Kyiv Conservatory. In 1973 he took the same position at the Gnesins Musical and Pedagogical Institute in Moscow and, two years later, returned to his alma mater, the Moscow Conservatory, as Professor of Violin, where he remained until 1988. Currently he is Professor of Violin at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He served as Visiting Professor at Tokyo University of Arts in 2009. He is also Honored Professor at the Lviv Music Academy (Ukraine) and an Honored Member of the Japanese String Teachers Association. Mr. Krysa has recorded on the Melodiya, Bis, Triton, Olympia, TNC Recordings, Amadis, Polskie Nagranie, and Russian Disc labels.

Oleh Krysa is married to pianist Tatiana Tchekina, who has been his partner in most of his recitals and recordings over the years. He performs on a J.B. Guadagnini 1758 on generous loan from the Eastman School of Music.

TchekinaPianist TATIANA TCHEKINA was born in Moscow to a family of singers. She studied at the Moscow and Kyiv Conservatories with Boris Zemlyansky and Vsevolod Topilin. Since 1967, Ms. Tchekina has been performing with her husband, the violinist Oleh Krysa, in solo and chamber music recitals in major concert halls throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Korea, garnering worldwide critical acclaim as “…obviously, a first-rank artist in her own right…” (The Montreal Star), “an especially forceful, responsive partner” (The Washington Post), and a “distinguished musician herself and a pianist of notable talents” (Canberra Times). She has also appeared at major music festivals in Europe, the United States, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2004, Ms. Tchekina was an official accompanist at the David Oistrakh International Violin Competition (Odessa, Ukraine) and in 2008 at the Qingdao International Violin Competition (China). She has recorded 20 CDs on the Melodiya, Bis, Triton, TNC, and Russian Disc labels with violinist Oleh Krysa. Ms. Tchekina taught Chamber Music at Kyiv Conservatory and Accompanying at Gnesins Musical and Pedagogical Institute in Moscow. Currently she is Assistant Professor of Accompanying at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY.

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MATI presented “IMMORTAL BELOVED” All-Beethoven Program. Dedicated to the memory of Irena Stecura.

On Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Ukrainian Institute of America, Music at the Institute (MATI) presented “IMMORTAL BELOVED” All-Beethoven Program. The concert was dedicated to the memory of MATI co-founder Irena Stecura.

Іrena Stecura (1931-2011). Іrena Skvirtnianska Stecura was born in Krakow Poland on June 27, 1931. With the end of World War II, the family gained admission through the displaced persons camps in Austria to the United States. They settled in New York City, where Irena became an active member of the Ukrainian community and of the Ukrainian Scouting Organization, Plast. A competent pianist, she completed an MA in Music at CUNY’s Hunter College and then embarked on a singularly fertile activist career for the promotion of the arts and of Ukrainian artists. Irena Stecura managed the off-Broadway New Theatre (1964-1974) in New York City, while also working with the legendary Ukrainian-born impresario Sol Hurok (1988-1974) who was responsible for introducing the Bolshoi and Kirov ballet companies to American audiences. She became a member of the Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Institute of America, where she founded the successful Music at the Institute (MATI) program. On October 28, 1989, MATI’s inaugural evening featured pianist Alexander Slobodyanik (1941-2008) and his son pianist, Alex Slobodyanik. Future MATI events showcased the violinist Oleh Krysa with his wife pianist Tatiana Tchekina and sons violinists, Petro and Taras Krysa, the pianist Mykola Suk, pianist Lydia Artymiw, the Lysenko Quartet, among others. Irena Stecura was generous and unwavering in her efforts to spotlight artists from Ukraine and help them gain wider recognition in the West. Self-employed as a real estate agent, she opened up her own apartment on Central Park West as an art gallery. Her selfless promotion of the artists and the arts did not go unnoticed.
In 1993, after Ukraine’s independence, Irena Stecura settled permanently in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, from where she thought herself best positioned to continue her mission of raising domestic and foreign awareness of the needs of Ukraine’s artists struggling under post-Soviet conditions. Invited to act as advisor to Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism in August 1993, Irena established the Ukrainian Artist Management Agency (based in New York City) to remedy the lack of support and proper management hindering the careers of Ukraine’s artists. She created a seminar series entitled “The Classics are Classy”–which she herself wrote and moderated and took on the road from Kyiv to Lviv, Vinnytsia, and Zhytomyr. In addition, Irena published a biweekly Kyiv Entertainment Guide through which she informed the public—and especially tourists to Ukraine —about performances scheduled in Kyiv. Along with other arts enthusiasts, she took on a major renovation project of one of Kyiv’s cultural landmarks, establishing the “Friends of the National Art Museum of Ukraine”. However, lacking adequate funding or government support, she was forced to abandon this important project.
In 1998, Irena Stecura produced a CD of Tchaikovsky’s Divine Liturgy St. John Chrysostom (Op.41, 1880) performed by Viktor Ovdij with the Kyiv Chamber Choir, directed by Mykola Horbych. She wrote critical reviews of many performances offered in Kyiv, for example, concerts given by the composers Volodymyr Rynchak and Myroslav Skoryk, and many others. Irena was the eternal optimist, never losing sight of the larger goal of Ukraine’s return to Europe, and never losing faith in her vision. She died on November 18, 2011, in Ternopil and is buried nearby on Ukrainian soil.

At the concert performed Randall Scarlata, baritone; Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin; Amit Peled, cello; Gilbrt Kalish, piano.

Hailed for his warm, expressive sound, consummate musicianship, and winning way with the audience, baritone RANDALL SCARLATA enjoys an unusually diverse career. He is equally comfortable singing recital, opera, oratorio, chamber music, and works for voice and orchestra. He has performed as soloist with the symphonies of San Francisco, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, the American Symphony, and the National Symphony, among others. In addition, he has appeared at international music festivals, including Ravinia, Marlboro, Menlo, Edinburgh, Vienna, Salzburg, Aspen, Spoleto, and on concert stages across five continents. A frequent performer of new music, he has given world premieres of works by Ned Rorem, George Crumb, Richard Danielpour, Christopher Theofanidis, Thea Musgrave, Daron Hagen, Samuel Adler, and Paul Moravec. His numerous recordings can be heard on the Chandos, Bridge, Naxos, Albany, Arabesque, CRI, and Gasparo labels. Mr. Scarlata’s awards include First Prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, First Prize at the Das Schubert Lied International Competition in Vienna, First Prize at the Joy in Singing Competition in New York, and the Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital Award. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, and also attended Vienna’s Hochschule für Musik as a Fulbright Scholar. He currently serves on the faculties of SUNY Stony Brook and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University.

Violinist SOLOMIYA IVAKHIV has quickly earned a reputation for performing with “a distinctive charm and subtle profundity” (Daily Freeman). Born in Ukraine, she made her debut with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of thirteen and has won top prizes in competitions, including the Sergei Prokofiev Competition and Fritz Kreisler Charles Miller Award from the Curtis Institute of Music. Ms Ivakhiv has performed at major festivals, including Steamboat Springs, Musique de Chambre à Giverny in France, Prussia Cove in England, and her performances have aired on National Public Radio, Voice of America Radio, Ukrainian National Radio and Television, and China’s Hunan Television. As a chamber musician, Ms Ivakhiv collaborates with many of today’s finest artists, including Joseph Silverstein, Claude Frank, Gary Graffman, and Steven Isserlis. Ms. Ivakhiv is in her second year as the Artistic Director of the “Music at the Institute” Concert Series (MATI). Ms Ivakhiv is a graduate of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music and holds a Doctorate of Music Arts degree from Stony Brook University. Her principal teachers have been Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, the late Rafael Druian, and Philip Setzer. Dr. Ivakhiv is performing on Antonio Stradivari “Nachez” Violin made in 1686. This instrument is generously loaned to her by Dr. Winifred and Mr. John Constable of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

From the United States to Europe to the Middle East to Asia, Israeli cellist AMIT PELED, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today. He has performed as soloist with many orchestras and in the world’s major concert halls, including Carnegie and Alice Tully Halls in New York, Salle Gaveau in Paris, London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, and Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium. He is also a frequent guest artist as such prestigious music festivals as Marlboro, Newport, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, Schleswig Holstein and Euro Arts (Germany), Gotland (Sweden), Prussia Cove (England), The Violoncello Congress in Spain, and the Kfar Blum Music Festival in Israel. As a recording artist, Mr. Peled has just released two critically acclaimed CDs: The Jewish Soul and Cellobration on the Centaur Records label. Amit Peled has been featured on television and radio stations throughout the world, including NPR’s Performance Today, WGBH Boston, WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, Deutschland Radio Berlin, Radio France, Swedish National Radio & TV, and Israeli National Radio and Television. A highly sought-after pedagogue, Mr. Peled is professor of cello at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University. Amit Peled is performing on Pablo Casal’s Matteo Goffriller cello, made in 1700 and generously loaned to him by Mrs. Marta Casals Istomin and the Casals Foundation.

Pianist GILBERT KALISH leads a musical life of unusual variety and breadth. His profound influence on the music community as educator and as pianist in myriad performances and recordings has established him as a major figure in American music making. A solo artist who has released over 100 recordings, he is also noted for his frequent appearances with many of the world’s most distinguished chamber ensembles and for his collaboration with soprano Dawn Upshaw, cellist Joel Krosnick, and, above all, mezzo soprano Jan de Gaetani. Mr. Kalish was the pianist of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for 30 years and a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, a group devoted to new music that flourished during the 1960s and 70s. In 2007, he was invited to be an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has performed recitals in most of the major musical capitals and also appears as soloist at many leading music festivals, including Mostly Mozart in New York and the Brighton and Aldeburgh Festivals in England. He has given world premieres of works by Elliot Carter, George Crumb, Charles Ives, Leon Kirchner, George Perle, Ralph Shapey, and David Diamond. Columbia, Desto, Folkways, Acoustic Research, Bridge, and Nonesuch are among the many labels for which Mr. Kalish has made numerous recordings of solo works, chamber music, and as accompanist. His recordings encompass classical repertory, 20th century masterworks, and new compositions. As a highly influential educator, Mr. Kalish is Distinguished Professor and Head of Performance Activities at SUNY at Stony Brook (since 1970). From 1968 to 1997, he was a faculty member of the Tanglewood Music Center, serving as “chairman of the faculty” from 1985 to 1997. He has also been a guest on the faculties of the Banff Center and the Steans Institute in Ravinia. Mr. Kalish is the recipient of a number of awards for his exceptional contributions to chamber music and to music of our time.

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