Ukrainian Violinist Performs Brahms’ Sonatas

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


PHILADELPHIA—Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv will perform Brahms’ sonatas at the Philadelphia Ethical Society, April 28, 2013 at 3:00 PM.  Hailed for her versatility as a solo, orchestral, and chamber musician, she will make her solo Carnegie Hall debut in fall 2013.

She has performed as soloist with international orchestras like Ukraine’s National Symphony and China’s Hunan Symphony.  Locally, she is a frequent guest substitute in the Philadelphia Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony and was former concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra while she attended that famed institute.

Her work as chamber musician has produced collaborations with artists like Valentina Lisitsa, Gary Graffman, Joseph Silverstein, Claude Frank, Steven Isserlis, Gil Kalish, Philip Setzer, and Eugene Drucker of the Emerson Quartet.

Ms. Ivakhiv will be joined by pianists Zsolt Bognár and Robert Durso during this upcoming recital at the Ethical Society.  Mr. Bognár, a formidable soloist, has appeared at Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and has been broadcast live on NPR.  He has performed throughout the world most notably in the Netherlands through an ongoing series of tours.

Mr. Durso is senior director and co-founder of The Golandsky Institute, held annually at Princeton University.  His artistry and pedagogical expertise has brought him to perform throughout the US and Europe including New York, Zurich, Oxford, Rome, Brussels, and Vienna. He is often heard with The Belmonte Trio, which he founded in 2009 with violinist Jennifer K. Lee and cellist Glenn Fischbach.


  • J. Brahms – Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78
  • J. Brahms – Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
  • J. Brahms – Sonatensatz in C minor
  • J. S. Bach (transcribed by G. Kurtág) – Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit
  • F. Liszt – Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata



The Philadelphia Ethical Society

1906 South Rittenhouse Square

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Sunday, April 28, 2013 | 3:00 PM

Reception to Follow

(blogger: Jonathan Eifert)


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