Soroka and Hill to perform faculty recital Jan. 30

Solomia Soroka

Event: Faculty Recital: Solomia Soroka, violin & Matthew Hill, piano
Date/Time: Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall
Tickets: $7 adults, $5 seniors/students, available at the door one hour before the concert. GC faculty/staff/students free with valid ID.

Goshen College music faculty members Solomia Soroka and Matthew Hill will present a recital of works for violin and piano on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. The recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Goshen College Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall.

Soroka, violinist and assistant professor of music, and Hill, pianist and professor of music, will present a program of solo and chamber music that includes works by Grieg, Janacek, Lysenko, William Grant Still, Chopin and Schubert. The recital will also feature guest vocalists Debra Detweiler Brubaker, Sandra Hill and Molly Hill.

Tickets are $7 adults, $5 seniors/students, available at the door one hour before the concert. GC faculty/staff/students are free with valid ID.

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. 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. She studied with Hersh Heifetz, Bohodar Kotorovych, Liudmyla Zvirko and Charles Castleman. Soroka has toured and recorded extensively with her husband, 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 positive reviews in various journals. Soroka is currently a violin professor at Goshen College.

Matthew Hill

Matthew Hill, pianist and Goshen College professor of music, teaches piano, chamber music, music history and pedagogy. He is an active recitalist, chamber musician, concerto performer and master classes teacher. His interests in monasticism, theology and the role of silence in music engage his teaching, scholarship, and performing with a unique perspective and depth. In the summer of 2013 he was on the piano faculties at Interlochen (Mich.), and at the Schlern International Music Festival in northern Italy. The Blue Griffin recording label released his CD recording, “Silent Colors,” containing works by Liszt, Debussy, Messiaen and several Gershwin songs arranged as virtuoso etudes by Earl Wild. Other professional highlights include: a series of master classes and a recital performance at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China; contribution of a chapter to “Silence, Music, Silent Music” (Ashgate 2007), publication of articles for Clavier and an invited presentation at  “Couleurs dans le vent: Celebrating the Music of Olivier Messiaen” held at the University of Kansas. He has a doctoral degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under Howard Karp and has also studied with the renowned Beethoven performer Claude Frank, as well as with Dr. Richard Angeletti and Dr. Garik Pedersen.