Solomiya Ivakhiv

Associate Professor of Violin and Viola, Coordinator of Strings

D.M.A., Stony Brook University
M.M., M.Lysenko State Academy of Music, Ukraine
B.M., Curtis Institute of Music

“It’s not often that an audience gives a standing ovation after the first movement of a concerto…,” but an impassioned performance by violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto “…twice brought the audience to their feet.” – Times Herald-Record

“Ivakhiv’s performance had distinctive charm and subtle profundity… She neither drives nor chases a score, she illuminates it.” – Daily Freeman, NY

Ukrainian born Solomiya Ivakhiv is an accomplished concert violinist, chamber musician, collaborator, educator, and champion of new music. Concertizing internationally, her wide range of repertoire includes the premiere of numerous new works for violin.

Her solo album, Ukraine: Journey to Freedom – A Century of Classical Music for Violin and Piano was featured in the Top 5 New Classical Releases on the iTunes billboard.

Ms. Ivakhiv showcases the poetic and rhapsodic style of Ukrainian, American, British and French composers on her soon to be released album Poems and Rhapsodies which includes American Rhapsody, a lyrical romance for violin and orchestra written by University of Connecticut Grammy winning-composer Kenneth Fuchs, that portrays the beauty of the American landscape.

Principle teachers include Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, Philip Setzer, and the late Rafael Druian.


Solomiya Ivakhiv has performed solo and chamber music at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, CBC Glenn Gould Studio, Curtis Institute Field Concert Hall, Italian Academy in New York City, Pickman Hall in Cambridge, MA, San Jose Chamber Music Society, Old First Concerts in San Francisco, Astoria Music Festival (Portland), Tchaikovsky Hall in Kyiv, Concertgebouw Mirror Hall, and at UConn’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts.

She has made solo appearances with the Istanbul State Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Henderson Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hunan Symphony Orchestra in China, the AACC, and the Bach Festival Orchestra.

Featured appearances at prestigious national and international chamber music festivals include Tanglewood, The Embassy Series in Washington, Emerson Quartet Festival, Newport Music Festival, Nevada Chamber Music Festival; Bach Festival of Philadelphia, The Banff Centre and Ottawa Chamberfest (Canada), Musique de Chambre à Giverny (France), Prussia Cove (England), Verbier Festival and Kammermusik Bodensee (Switzerland), AlpenKammerMusik (Austria), Modern Music “Contrasts” and KyivFest (Ukraine).

A dedicated champion of new music, Solomiya Ivakhiv has been privileged to premiere numerous new works for violin by composers Eli Marshall, David Ludwig, John B. Hedges, Bohdan Kryvopust, Yevhen Stankovych, Bruce Adolphe, David Dzubay and Oleksandr Shchetynsky.


A dedicated educator, Dr. Ivakhiv has conducted master classes and chamber music coachings at Yale, Columbia, Penn State, University of Hartford Hartt School of Music, Boston Conservatory, Curtis SummerFest, University of Maryland, Bard College Prep, SUNY – Fredonia Universities, Oberlin, Guangzhou and Hunan Conservatories in China, and regularly collaborates with high schools in outreach programs throughout the United States.  Dr. Ivakhiv is a member of the American String Teachers Association-Connecticut Chapter.

Highly sought after as a chamber musician, she frequently collaborates with such renowned artists as Roberto Diaz, Steven Isserlis, Philip Setzer, Gilbert Kalish, Colin Carr, Marcy Rosen and Eugene Drucker, as well as with numerous composers.

She has collaborated with the University of Connecticut and Brown University Symphonies, as well as the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Ohio University Symphonies, and twice with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. At UConn, she has worked with Jeffrey Renshaw and the Wind Ensemble; David Mills and the marching band; and with Louis Hanzlik on a newly written chamber concerto for the Sackler Prize commission.

Ivakhiv has also been Artistic Director of Music at the Institute (MATI) Concert Series in New York City since 2010, where she is a frequent performer.


Dr. Ivakhiv’s debut solo album, Ukraine: Journey to Freedom – A Century of Classical Music for Violin and Piano, recorded with pianist Angelina Gadeliya, released on Labor Records (NAXOS) on February 12, 2016, and was featured in the Top 5 New Classical Releases on the iTunes billboard.  Performing with “superlative and consummate artistry… [Ivakhiv] must be considered [one of the] major artists of our time.” – Fanfare Magazine

Three new upcoming albums, supported by the University School of Fine Arts, Office of the Global affairs and Office of the Vice President for Research, will be released during the fall of 2019: Mendelssohn Concertos with pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi, conductor Theodore Kuchar and Slovak National Symphony, by Brilliant Classics; Haydn and Hummel Concertos with pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi, conductor Theodore Kuchar and Slovak National Symphony by Centaur; and Poems and Rhapsodies with cellist Sophie Shao, Volodymyr Sirenko, conductor and National Symphony of Ukraine by Centaur.

Her performances are often broadcast on National Public Radio, Voice of America radio, Ukrainian National Radio and Television, Netherland Public Radio, and Chinese Hunan Television.


Global Music Awards-Silver Medal for Ukraine-Journey of Freedom – A Century of Classical Music for Violin and Piano

University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts New Scholar Award 2016
Fritz Kreisler Gold medal from the Curtis Institute of Music
S. Prokofiev Competition 2nd Prize

Solomiya Ivakhiv
Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-4749
Office LocationMusic Building 104