Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin

Solomiya Ivakhiv

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.

Her albums Mendelssohn Concertos and Haydn and Hummel Concertos, both with pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi, conductor Theodor Kuchar, and the Slovak National Symphony, were featured in the Top Classical New Releases on Spotify. In addition, Mendelssohn Concertos was Album of the Week on WCLV (Cleveland, OH) as well as WFMT (Chicago, IL); Haydn and Hummel Concertos was broadcast nationwide on NPR stations.

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

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

Ivakhiv is Associate Professor of Violin and Viola and Coordinator of Strings at the University of Connecticut. A dedicated educator, she has conducted master classes and coached chamber music at Yale, Columbia, Penn State, the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music, Boston Conservatory, Curtis SummerFest, the University of Maryland, Bard College Prep, SUNY – Fredonia, Oberlin, and Guangzhou and Hunan Conservatories (China). She regularly collaborates with high schools in outreach programs throughout the United States and is a member of the Connecticut Chapter  of the American String Teachers Association. Her principal teachers include the late Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, Philip Setzer, Ani Kavafian, and the late Rafael Druian.