August 2013 | For Immediate Release

Ukrainian Institute of America Presents Anniversary Concert in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, November 2, Celebrating 25 Years of Music at the Institute

L-R: Díaz, Ivakhiv, Liu, Wiley, Suk

L-R: Díaz, Ivakhiv, Liu, Wiley, Suk

NEW YORK – The Ukrainian Institute of America (UIA) will celebrate 25 years of their well-known concert series, Music at the Institute (MATI), in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 8 PM. Ukrainian violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv performs the world premiere of Yevhen Stankovych’s Angel’s Touch for Violin and Piano. She joins violist Roberto Díaz; cellist Peter Wiley; and pianists Meng Chieh Liu and Mykola Suk for an historic evening of music. 

The celebrated Ukrainian composer, Yevhen Stankovych, has been commissioned by UIA to write Angel’s Touch... for this occasion.  MATI artistic director, Solomiya Ivakhiv, triumphs this work as:

"Child-like mysticism: exploring naivety, hope, and inner peace that lead to enlightenment."

This concert joins dynamic musicians together, with active careers, who are highly esteemed in their own right. Roberto Díaz is one of the world’s leading violists who is currently president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Former principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and National Symphony, he was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award for his recording of William Primrose’s transcriptions with pianist Robert Koenig on the Naxos label.

Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv’s recent solo recitals include the Embassy Series (Washington D.C.), the Ethical Society (Philadelphia), and CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto).  Currently assistant professor of violin/viola at Ohio University, she has appeared at many prestigious festivals, such as Tanglewood, Ottawa ChamberFest, Kyiv MusikFest, Musique de Chambre à Giverny (France), and Kammermusik Bodensee (Switzerland).

As an active performer and educator, cellist Peter Wiley divides his time concertizing with the piano quartet Opus One, which he co-founded in 1998; and teaching at Bard College Conservatory of Music and Curtis Institute of Music. He was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant and nominated for a Grammy Award twice (1998, 2009).

Pianist Meng-Chieh Liu has collaborated with renowned conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Gustavo Dudamel, and Alan Gilbert as soloist throughout the world. In 2002, Liu received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Pianist Mykola Suk, winner of the Gold Medal at the 1971 International Liszt-Bartok Competition in Budapest, was MATI’s artistic director for more than a decade and is currently the artistic advisor.  He is associate professor of music at the University of Las Vegas. 

In the 25 years of its growing existence in New York City’s cultural life, MATI has been guided by invaluable individuals serving as artistic directors: composer Virko Baley, violinist Oleh Krysa, and pianist Mykola Suk. Now in her third season, Dr. Solomiya Ivakhiv leads MATI as the artistic director, continuing the work of her highly esteemed predecessors by attracting a non-Ukrainian audience to the series fulfilling UIA’s mission, in part, to promote Ukrainian music and culture to the public. Some of the acclaimed international artists who have performed in MATI’s storied past are pianists Evgeny Kissin, Gary Graffman, Valentina Lisitsa, and Alexander Slobodyanik; violinists Gidon Kremer, Philip Setzer; bass Paul Plishka; and soprano Lucy Shelton.

The Ukrainian Institute of America seeks to develop, sponsor, and promote a greater awareness of Ukrainian culture within the United States.  

A post-concert reception will be held at the Ukrainian Institute of America (5th Avenue and East 79th Street).


STANKOVYCH: Angel’s Touch... (World Premiere)

Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin | Meng-Chieh Liu, piano

MOZART: Duo in G Major KV 423

Roberto Díaz, viola | Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin

LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12, S. 244/12

Mykola Suk, piano

BRAHMS: Piano Quartet No. 1, Op. 25

Solomiya Ivakhiv | Roberto Díaz | Peter Wiley | Meng-Chieh Liu


TICKETS CarnegieHall.org | CarnegieCharge 212.247.7800 | Box Office at 57th and Seventh | Orchestra: $40, Balcony: $30