Assistant Professor in Residence of Piano
Director of Keyboard Studies
D.M.A., Stony Brook University
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, a 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 up until moving to the US in 1990. She subsequently studied at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Juilliard School, CU Boulder, Mannes College, and holds a Doctorate from Stony Brook University. She completed three seasons with the prestigious Ensemble ACJW, bringing classical music to NYC public schools, and performing regularly at Carnegie Hall as well as at the Juilliard School. In 2012, she and her colleagues from ACJW formed a new ensemble, Decoda – an exciting new collective seeking to reinvigorate the world of classical music through revelatory audience engagement, community outreach, and innovative programming, designed to inspire a new entrepreneurial model for today’s artists. Through their efforts, the Decoda ensemble has been named the first ever affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall. Ms. Gadeliya has participated in highly acclaimed residencies with Decoda at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany, the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival, Princeton University, the Bulgarian Consulate in NYC, and at Trinity Wall Street in celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centennial.
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. Ms. Gadeliya was invited to perform as part of Carnegie Hall’s Discovery Day for the Emerson String Quartet’s Beethoven Project in 2007, as well as for the Mahler Symphonies Project in 2009. She has collaborated with such artists as Lucy Shelton, James Conlon, James Levine, David Stern, Andrew Manze, Paul Nadler, David Bowlin, principal players of the New York Philharmonic, and the internationally acclaimed Mark Morris Dance Group. Ms. Gadeliya’s 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, Merkin Recital Hall in NYC, and the German Consulate; and at such festivals as Tanglewood, Fontainebleau, Aspen, Banff, 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. Ms. Gadeliya has also served as faculty at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel, and at the Vocal Arts Festival at Colorado College.
A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Ms. Gadeliya has given numerous premiers of new works and has worked closely with such composers as John Adams, Thomas Adès, Marc-André Dalbavie, Steve Reich, George Oakley, Steven Mackey, Daniel Bjarnason, Matthias Pintscher, Ofer Ben-Amots, and John Harbison. She recently released two new albums with the Labor Records label. Her solo album, “Music of Tribute: Schnittke and His Ghosts,” was released in 2015 and has garnered high praise. In February of 2016 she released an album with violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv, titled “Ukraine: Journey to Freedom, a Century of Classical Music for Violin and Piano.” Both albums have been distributed internationally by NAXOS of America.
Ms. Gadeliya currently resides in Storrs, CT with her husband Misha, her son Felix, and her daughter Anastasia. Her performances have been featured on New York’s WQXR as well as WWFM radio stations.