Solomia Soroka and Arthur Greene
A Benefit for Victims of the EuroMaidan Conflict
- $25 General Admission
- Solomia Soroka, violin
- Arthur Greene, piano
The Euromaidan is a wave of ongoing demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine, which began on the night of 21 November 2013 with public protests demanding closer European integration. The scope of the protests has since evolved, with many calls for the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych and his government. Many protesters joined because of the violent dispersal of protesters on 30 November and "a will to change life in Ukraine". By 25 January 2014, the protests had been fueled by the perception of widespread government corruption, abuse of power, and violation of human rights in Ukraine.
This concert will raise money to send to help the victims of this conflict and will feature Ukrainian music. The artists are in the process of preparing two CDs of wonderful unknown music by the Ukrainian national composer Mykola Lysenko(1842-1912) for Toccata Records in London, and this program exhibits the varied styles of the composer. Some of his music is ethnic in sound, while other works are in the tradition of Chopin, with a distinctive personal touch. In addition, Ms. Soroka and Mr. Greene will perform a few short selections of contemporary Ukrainian composers.
Additional donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.
This concert is generously sponsored by The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies
Violinist Solomia Soroka, born in L’viv, Ukraine, is among the most accomplished Ukrainian musicians of her generation. She won top prizes in three prestigious international violin competitions held in the former Soviet Union – the Prokofiev, Lysenko, and Zolota Osin’ competitions. Ms. Soroka earned her master’s degree summa cum laude and completed postgraduate studies in the Kyiv Conservatory, and later served on its faculty in the chamber music department. She also has a D.M.A degree from the Eastman School of Music. Solomia Soroka made her solo debut at age 10, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the L’viv Philharmonic Orchestra, and has since appeared as soloist with that orchestra on numerous occasions. She has performed with the National Symphony of Ukraine and other orchestras in Ukraine, Australia, and the United States. ”The violinist Solomia Soroka played Concerto #5 in A Minor by Henry Vieuxtemps... The audience seemed hypnotized by the musician who performed the difficult piece with intensity and beauty. I was so in awe, I had to remind myself to breathe…” (Venice Gondolier, Florida).
Ms. Soroka has appeared as soloist and as chamber musician at concerts and festivals in Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Ukraine, USA, Canada, China, and Taiwan. She is praised for being “a truly wonderful musician” (The Press, Christchurch, New Zealand), her “technical mastery…ferocity, light and mystic lyricism” (Daily Freeman, New York), and as one who “plays with great warmth and authority” (BBC Music Magazine). Ms. Soroka performed premieres of a number of important contemporary Ukrainian compositions for violin, including works by Borys Lyatoshynsky, Myroslav Skoryk and Yevhen Stankovytch. Solomia Soroka has toured and recorded extensively with her husband, the American pianist Arthur Greene. Their Naxos recording of Four Violin Sonatas by William Bolcom was selected as a Recording of the Month with the highest ranking for both artistry and sound quality by Classics Today. Soroka ‘s latest discovery is the music of forgotten American composer Arthur Hartmann, a celebrated virtuoso violinist early in the last century. Her recording, the first ever of his music, has been released on the Toccata Classics label in London. Solomia Soroka is currently a violin professor at Goshen College, Indiana. She studied with Hersh Heifetz, Bohodar Kotorovych, Liudmyla Zvirko and Charles Castleman.
Arthur Greene was born in New York, and studied at Juilliard with Martin Canin. Mr. Greene was hailed as “a profound musician” by the Washington Post, and “a masterful pianist with a massive technique” by the New York Times. He launched his career as a competition prizewinner: he won first prizes in the William Kapell and Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions, and was a top laureate at the Busoni International Competition. Other competition victories included first prizes in The New York Piano Teachers Congress Competition and the Helen Hart Competition. He has been on the juries of the Gina Bachauer, William Kapell, Vina dal Mar, Concert Artist Guild, Music Teachers National Association, and Isidor Bajic International competitions. Mr. Greene has an extensive performing repertoire. He performed the complete solo piano works of Johannes Brahms and recorded the complete etudes of Alexander Scriabin for Supraphon. He is particularly known for his performances of the Ten Sonata cycle of Alexander Scriabin; venues include Sofia, Kiev, and Salt Lake City, and his performances of the last five Beethoven sonatas.
Arthur Greene served as a United States Artistic Ambassador to Serbia, Kosovo, and Bosnia for the United States Information Agency. He has toured Japan twelve times. His orchestral repertoire includes all of the major concerti, and he has particularly played the Scriabin Concerto many times. Orchestras Mr. Greene has performed with include the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco, Utah and National Symphonies, the Czech National Symphony, the Serbian Radio-Television Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony, and the National Symphony of Ukraine. Arthur Greene has played recitals in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Moscow Rachmaninov Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Lisbon Sao Paulo Opera House, Hong Kong City Hall, Mozart Hall in Seoul, and concert houses in Shanghai and Beijing, and Taiwan. Professor Greene’s current students include prizewinners in international competitions, and many of his former students hold important teaching posts throughout the United States. He is on the piano faculty of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.