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Solomiya Ivakhiv

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.

Ivakhiv, who made her debut with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of twelve, has appeared as soloist in the U.S. with Charleston Symphony, the International Symphony, Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, Henderson Symphony, Londontowne Symphony, Orchestra of Southern Utah, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, AACC Symphony, and Civic Orchestra of New Haven, 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.

Her numerous festival credits include Tanglewood and the Embassy Series (U.S.), Kammermusik and Verbier Festivals (Switzerland), 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).

In the 2013-2014 concert season, Ivakhiv made three appearances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, including in the world premiere performance of Angel’s Touch by composer Yevhen Stankovych. For the past three seasons, she has been the Artistic Director of the New York City concert series MATI (Music at the Institute).

Highly sought as a chamber musician, 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.

Prior to joining the faculty at University of Connecticut, Dr Ivakhiv taught as Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Ohio University, conducted master classes, lectured as a 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, Curtis SummerFest, Guangzhou and Hunan Conservatories in China, SUNY Fredonia (New York), and Mansfield University. She is also currently on the faculty at Mannes College the New School for Music Extension Division in New York.

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 and Tanglewood Center Symphony Orchestras. 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:

Bachelor of Music: Curtis Institute of Music

Master of Music:  M.Lysenko State Music Academy (Lviv, Ukraine)

Doctor of Musical Arts: Stony Brook University, NY

Studies with Joseph Silverstein, Philip Setzer, Pamela Frank, late Rafael Druian. Former faculty of Ohio University, Curtis SummerFest, Utah’s Tuacahn Summer Arts Festival.

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