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Simply Spring, Solomya Ivakhiv, violin

150425 Poster Rev E THUMBSaturday, April 25, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv has quickly earned a reputation for performing with “distinctive charm and subtle profundity” (Daily Freeman, New York) and “crystal clear and noble sound” (Culture and Life, Ukraine).  Known for performing both as chamber musician and solo violinist, many of her concerts are broadcasted on National Public Radio, Voice of America Radio, Ukrainian National Radio and Television, and Chinese Hunan Television.

Recent performances include recitals at CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto), the Ethical Society (Philadelphia), WMP Series (New York), and Tchaikovsky Music Academy (Kyiv).

Dr. Ivakhiv has been guest concertmaster with the Fresno Philharmonic in California; principal violinist for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops; visiting concertmaster of Symphony Orchestra Augusta; and frequently performs in the Baltimore Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra.

 Highly sought as a chamber musician, Dr. Ivakhiv collaborates with renowned artists such as Joseph Silverstein, Gary Graffman, Roberto Diaz, Claude Frank, Steven Isserlis, Gil Kalish, Philip Setzer, Eugene Drucker, and Valentina Lisitsa.

Dr. Ivakhiv has appeared in many national and international chamber music festivals including Tanglewood and Embassy Series (USA), Musique de Chambre à Giverny (France), Prussia Cove (England), The Banff Centre and Ottawa Chamber Fest (Canada), Modern Music “Contrasts” and KyivFest (Ukraine), Kammermusik Bodensee and Verbier Festival (Switzerland).

An avid proponent of contemporary classical music, Dr. Ivakhiv enjoys working with living composers.  She premiered Violin Concerto No. 2 by Ukrainian composer Yevhen Stankovych, “Three Songs for Henie” by American composer Eli Marshall, and a chamber piece by John Mackey with the Jean Ruddy Dance Company.  She soloed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company and recorded original music by Philadelphia based composer David Ludwig.  

As soloist in the United States, Dr. Ivakhiv has performed with the International Symphony and Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), Henderson Symphony (Las Vegas), Londontowne Symphony (Maryland), Orchestra of Southern Utah, and the Civic Orchestra of New Haven.  Upon the visit of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko’s visit to the United States, Dr. Ivakhiv was selected to perform in a celebratory concert to mark the occasion.

As international soloist, Dr. Ivakhiv has performed extensively in her native Ukraine with the Lviv Philharmonic (debut at age 12), Virtuozy Lvova, and the Ukrainian National Symphony.  In China, she appeared with the Hunan Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Ivakhiv is the recipient of international top prizes and honors including the Sergei Prokofiev and Yaroslav Kocian International Competitions, the Fritz Kreisler and Charles Miller Award from the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Award from the President of Ukraine.

Dr. Ivakhiv graduated from the world-renowned 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 the Curtis Symphony and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestras. Dr.Ivakhiv holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where her principal teachers were Philip Setzer and Pamela Frank. 

In addition to her widely acclaimed violin performances as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, Dr. Ivakhiv has a significant following as violin pedagogue.  Prior joining the faculty at Ohio University, she has conducted master classes, taught as visiting professor, and collaborated with prestigious universities including West Chester University, Utah’s Tuacahn Summer Arts Institute, Bard College Conservatory Prep Summer Camp, Swarthmore College, Keweenaw String Festival, Temple University Music Preparatory, and Curtis SummerFest.  Furthermore, she taught abroad at the conservatory level in China and Ukraine.

Four Seasons of Buenos Aires Piazzolla
Winter from the Four Seasons Vivaldi
Symphony No. 5 Schubert