Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola
Coordinator of Strings
Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv is noted for performing with “a distinctive charm and subtle profundity” (Daily Freeman) and enjoys an international career as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, North America, and China.
Ms. Ivakhiv, who made her debut with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of twelve, has performed recitals at Merkin Hall, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, the Italian Academy in New York City, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, CBC Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, Pickman Hall in Cambridge, MA, in addition to solo appearances with Charleston Symphony, Istanbul State Symphony, the International Symphony, Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, Henderson Symphony, Londowntowne Symphony, Orchestra of Southern Utah, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, UNLV Symphony (Las Vegas), Ohio Valley Symphony, AACC Symphony, Ohio University, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Brown University Orchestra, University of Connecticut Symphony and Wind Ensemble as well as the Civic Orchestra of New Haven, and extensively in her native Ukraine with the Lviv Philharmonic, Virtuozy Lvova, Kyiv Camerata 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, WRTI, KUNR stations, Ukrainian National Radio and Television, and China’s Hunan Television.
Highly sought as a chamber musician, Ms. Ivakhiv frequently collaborates with such renowned artists as Roberto Diaz, Steven Isserlis, Philip Setzer, Gilbert Kalish, Colin Carr and Eugene Drucker. She has been featured in many national and international chamber music festivals including Tanglewood, Embassy Series in DC, the Kiawah Arts Series in South Carolina, Old First Concerts in San Francisco, San Jose Chamber Music Society, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, and Newport Music Festival (U.S.), Ottawa ChamberFest and Syrinx Concert Series (Canada), Prussia Cove (England), Musique de Chambre à Giverny (France) and Kammermusik Bodensee (Switzerland), “Virtuosi”, Modern Music “Contrasts” and the Kyiv International Music Fest (Ukraine). Since 2010, she has been Artistic Director of Music at the Institute (MATI) Concert Series in New York City, where she is also a frequent performer.
Ms. Ivakhiv’s newest album, Ukraine: Journey to Freedom – A Century of Classical Music for Violin and Piano, recorded with Angelina Gadeliya, released on Labor Records and distributed by NAXOS of America on February 12, 2016 was featured in the Top 5 New Classical Releases on the iTunes billboard. Recent performances featuring music from the CD have been held in Boston, New York City, Washington D.C., Denver, CO, Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music and Penn State’s Esber Hall.
Prior joining the faculty at University of Connecticut, Ms. Ivakhiv taught as Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Ohio University and Mannes College the New School for Music Extension Division, and over a decade, lectured as a visiting professor and conducted master classes and chamber music coachings at Yale University, Columbia University, Boston Conservatory, University of Maryland, University of Hartford Hartt School of Music, West Chester University, Temple University Music Preparatory Division, Curtis SummerFest, New York Summer Festival (NYSMF) in Oneonta, and Guangzhou and Hunan Conservatories in China. During summer, she is on faculty at the AlpenKammerMusik in Austria. Ms. Ivakhiv also regularly collaborates with high schools in outreach programs throughout the United States. Her innovative youth-friendly programming at the Music at the Institute (MATI) Concert Series in New York City, where she has been Artistic Director since 2010 and is also a frequent per, is designed to bring music to younger generations of concertgoers. As head of the string area at the University of Connecticut, Ms. Ivakhiv also organizes annual string area performances, residencies, and showcases for university students in collaboration with other faculty.
An avid proponent of contemporary classical music, Ms. Ivakhiv frequently collaborates with composers. She has premiered several new works for violin, including Three Songs for Henie by American composer Eli Marshall, Fantasia Krushelnytska by Bruce Adolphe, commissioned by the UCONN School of Fine Arts 2016 Dean’s Grant, Capriccio by Ukrainian composer Bohdan Kryvopust, Violin Concerto No. 2 and Angels’ Touch by Ukrainian composer Yevhen Stankovych. Angel’s Touch, written specifically for Ms. Ivakhiv, was premiered in Carnegie Hall during the 2013-2014 season. An Episode in the Life of the Poet, by Ukrainian composer Oleksandr Shchetynsky, which was also written for Ms. Ivakhiv, premiered at Merkin Hall during the 2014-2015 season and is featured on her CD, Ukraine: Journey to Freedom – A Century of Classical Music for Violin and Piano. Ms. Ivakhiv also premiered 2015 Sackler Prize winner David Dzubay’s new work, Chamber Concerto, with UCONN colleagues Jeffrey Renshaw, conductor and Louis Hanzlik, trumpet and the University of Connecticut Ensemble in March 2017.
Ms. 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, the Award from the President of Ukraine and the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts 2016 New Scholar Award.
Ms. Ivakhiv graduated with honors from Curtis Institute of Music, where she was concertmaster of both the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and studied with late Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank and the late Rafael Druian. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University, where her principal teachers were Philip Setzer and Pamela Frank.
For more information, visit her website: solomiyaivakhiv.com.