Professor of Music

Education

B MUS, Kiev Conservatory, 1993
M MUS, Kiev Conservatory, 1994
D MUS, Kiev Conservatory, 1998
DMA, EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER, 2002

Recordings

Bolcom, Violin Sonatas, Naxos (first recording), 2006

Roslavets, Violin Sonatas, Naxos, 2007

Krommer, Oboe Quartets, Naxos (first recording), 2006

Martinu, String Quintet, Naxos, 1996

Arthur Hartmann, Miniatures for Violin and Piano, Toccata Records, London, (first recording), 2010

Leone Sinigaglia, violin/cello/piano music, Toccata Records, London (first recording), 2012

Myroslav Skoryk, Music for Violin and Piano, Toccata Records, London (first recording), 2012

Bernhard Sekles, violin/cello/chamber music,Toccata Records, London (first recording), 2013

Mary Simoni, Trio for piano, violin, cello with   electronics, (world premier)                                Block-M Records

Biography

Violinist Solomia Soroka, born in L’viv, Ukraine, made her solo debut at age 10, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the L’viv Philharmonic Orchestra, and has since performed with 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, Korea, 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.

Since her U.S. debut in 1997, she has performed throughout the United States. Her recitals in Washington DC were part of the Smithsonian Institute performing arts series and she received the following review in the Washington Post: “Soroka is a superbly equipped violinist, at ease with the technical challenges of Sarasate or of Jeno Hubay’s Czardas No. 2, but even more impressive in the gentler moments….  Her tone is warm and mellow on the low strings, brilliant on the high strings, perfectly controlled and expressively used.”

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, and received reviews in various distinguished journals: “Another virtuoso piece…confidently delivered by this brilliant duo” (Gramophone) And their recording of the violin sonatas of Nikolai Roslavets, also for Naxos, has received international attention. “Soroka seemed utterly confident, catching a haunting, languid quality within Roslavets’s elusive harmonic idiom……” (The Strad)

In the past four years Soroka has been recording for Toccata Records, based in London, where she made four premier recordings, of music by American composer Arthur Hartmann, Ukrainian Myroslav Skoryk, and Holocaust composers Leone Sinigaglia and Bernhard Sekles. “ Soroka displays elegance and refinement in the Debussy transcriptions […] and elsewhere digs in with abandon and force.“ (MusicWeb International).

Solomia Soroka is currently a violin professor at Goshen College, Indiana, and is on the faculty of Castleman Quartet Program, and Schlern Music Festival. She studied with Hersh Heifetz, Bohodar Kotorovych, Liudmyla Zvirko and Charles Castleman.

Website information:www.solomiasoroka.com

Perfromances

-“American Spring” festival, nine performances around Czech Republic, including a European premier of William Bolcom Fourth Sonata and Graceful Ghost with the composer at the piano, May-June, Czech Republic 2010

-International Festival “Virtuosi”, performance with the Lviv Chamber orchestra, and a solo recital with Arthur Greene, May 2010

-ONCE Festival, Ann Arbor, MI, a world premier performance of Mary Simoni Trio, October 2010

-International Academy in Pilsen, Pilsen, Czech Republic, July 2010

-Chamber music concert with GC students, Elkhart Historical Museum, November 2010

-Chamber Music at Kerrytown Concert House concert, Ann Arbor, MI, June 2011

-International Academy in Pilsen, Pilsen, Czech Republic, July 2011

-Music and Art Center of Greene County Festival, August, 2011

-University of Maine, Bangor, October 2011

-Goshen College Faculty Recital, Goshen, IN, January, 2012

-Goshen Symphony Orchestra Concert, soloist, Goshen, IN, April, 2012

-The Tuesday Musicale series recital, Detroit, MI, May 2012

-University of Maine, Bangor, ME, May 2012

-Schlern International Festival, Schlern, Italy, July 2012

-Homecoming Gala, Goshen, IN, October, 2012

-The Ukrainian National Museum, Concert Series, recital, Chicago, November, 2012

-Seoul, Korea, November 2012

-” Music at the Institute”, recital, Ukrainian Institute of America”, New York, NY, March 2013

– The Ukrainian Embassy Concert Series, recital, Washington, DC, March 2013

-MTNA National Conference, Anaheim, CA, March 2013

-The Ukrainian Art institute, Concert Series, recital, Chicago, March 2013

-Musician League Concert Series, recital, Detroit, March 2013

-KUMF Gallery Concert Series, recital, Toronto, May 2013

-“Virtuosi” International Festival, concerto with Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, Lviv, Ukraine, May 2013

-International Music Festival, two performances, Schlern, Italy, July 2013

-Music and Art Center of Greene County Festival, Hunter, NY, August 2013

-University of Michigan Music Series, Ann Arbor, MI, November 2013

 

Masterclasses

-Krushelnytska Music School, Lviv, Ukraine, May 2010

-International Music Academy in Pilsen, Pilsen, Czech Republic, July 2011

-University of Maine, Bangor, ME, October, 2011

-South Korea, series of masterclasses, November 2012

-Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, November 2012

-Schlern International Music Festival, July 2012

-Krushelnytska Music School, Lviv, Ukraine, May 2013

-Schlern International Music Festival, Schlern, Italy, July 2012, July 2013

-Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, November, 2013

 

 

 

Courses

MUS 274/374: Applied Violin

MUS 260: Chamber Music

MUS 303/304: Advanced Music Theory

Course description:

 The idea of this course is not only to teach students about chromatic harmony in Western music, but to better understand the complexity and the beauty of this music, to explore the process of creation of this music, and to analyze composers’ way of thinking about harmony and form during different stylistic periods. The students will listen to a lot of music and will compose some themselves. Since I was lucky to have studied theory in both United States and Ukraine, in this course I combined the best traditions of teaching the subject of both countries, by adding a number of definitions and exercises from one of the most famous theory books in former Soviet Union.

MUS 204: Survey of Music Literature

Course description.

This course will strive to accustom students with classical music and to lay a foundation for study of upper level music history. The course focuses on the six main periods in the history of music, and introduces the most important composers and their works. Students will study different musical styles and compare them to styles of visual arts, architecture and literature. We will listen to a lot of music and learn to distinguish different stylistic characteristics.

 

Memberships & Associations

Faculty, International Music Academy in Pilsen, Pilsen, Czech Republic

Faculty, Schlern International Festival, Schlern, Italy

Faculty, Charles Castleman Quartet Program, Fredonia, NY

Coordinator, MTNA Junior competition for East-Central Division of MTNA

Member, SAT Committee of MMTA