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"lively and sensational” by Montreal’s Arts and Opinion, and “flawless” by New York Concert Review, prize-winning violinist Iryna Krechkovsky enjoys an international career as soloist, chamber music collaborator, educator, and arts executive. Celebrated for her tone, emotionality, and precision, she has performed in concert venues from Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City, to The American Church in Paris, Chicago Cultural Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, and Seoul Arts Center in Korea. She has appeared on Classical KUSC, KABC-TV Los Angeles, the Korean Broadcasting System, National Public Radio, the Public Broadcasting Service, and as a speaker/performer at TEDxChapmanU. She was also a top prize winner at the Sorantin International Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, the Kocian International Violin Competition, the Beverly Hills International Auditions, and the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank Competition which afforded her a three-year loan of the 1689 “Baumgartner” Stradivari violin.
Krechkovsky has performed as soloist with the Lviv National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the Toronto Sinfonietta, the Seoul National University Virtuosi, the California Chamber Orchestra, the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Canadian Academy Chamber Orchestra. She has collaborated with artists including Colin Carr, Paul Coletti, Robert deMaine, Glenn Dicterow, Karen Dreyfus, Eugene Drucker, David Finckel, Gil Kalish, Kyung Sun Lee, Robert McDonald, and Philip Setzer, and has performed hundreds of recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with her husband, pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks, as part of the award-winning Krechkovsky/Loucks Duo. In 2012, the Duo formed Trio Céleste with cellist Ross Gasworth and served as Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine, where they also directed the annual Trio Céleste Summer Chamber Music Festival.
Born in Ukraine, Iryna Krechkovsky attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University in New York where she was recently awarded the distinguished 40 Under Forty Alumni Award. She is Co-Founder and Director of Education at Chamber Music | OC where she curates the nationally recognized Pre-College Program – a comprehensive mentoring program for exceptionally talented musicians throughout Southern California. Krechkovsky studied with David and Linda Cerone, Philip Setzer, Philippe Graffin, and Pamela Frank, and currently performs on a 2007 violin by Ryan Soltis and Samuel Zygmuntowicz.
Hailed as “a first-class ensemble” (Orange County Register), “unfailingly stylish” (The Strad), “technically dazzling” (Long Beach Gazette), “flawless” (New York Concert Review) and “the epitome of what chamber musicians should be” (Palm Beach Daily News), Trio Céleste has firmly established itself as one of the most dynamic chamber music ensembles on the classical music scene today. Ms. Krechkovsky serves as the ensemble's violinist, alongside her husband Kevin Kwan Loucks, piano & Ross Gasworth, cello. The ensemble was inspired to take its name after their very first meeting in New York City, where a rare celestial occurrence – the largest harvest moon in two decades – marked the beginning of their tenure together.
CHAMBER MUSIC | OC
Hailed by the LA Times for “keeping classical music going” during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chamber Music | OC’s extensive portfolio of programs – anchored by its nationally recognized Pre-College Program – reach thousands of Southern California residents annually and has helped cultivate new audiences for classical music through business and community partnerships and support from civic leaders. Chamber Music | OC was recently named commissioning partner for the Kronos Quartet’s 50 for the Future project, and will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in 2022 with a concert debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
TEACHING & MASTERCLASSES
In addition to her career as a performing artist, Ms. Krechkovsky maintains an active teaching and masterclass schedule. Listen to her TEDxChapmanU talk, "The Humanity of Music" below.
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