Iryna Krechkovsky // Violin
Canadian violinist Iryna Krechkovsky is a prize-winning violinist with an international career in solo, chamber, and orchestral performances. Celebrated for her tone, emotionality, and precision, she has performed in concert venues from Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, to The American Church in Paris, and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, and was featured on National Public Radio, KABC-TV Los Angeles, the Public Broadcasting Service, and most recently, as a speaker/performer at TEDxChapmanU. She was a top prize winner at the Sorantin International Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, the Kocian International Violin Competition in Czech Republic, the Beverly Hills Auditions, and the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition which afforded her a three-year loan of the 1689 “Baumgartner” Stradivari violin.
She 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, and appears alongside principals from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s in performances with the New York Women’s Ensemble Orchestra. As a distinguished chamber artist, she has performed at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the San Angelo Piano Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, Artosphere, the Stony Brook Faculty Recital Series, and The Banff Centre, with artists including Denis Brott, Colin Carr, Paul Coletti, David Finckel, Gil Kalish, Alan Kay, Kyung Sun Lee, Julian Martin, and Philip Setzer. Krechkovsky 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 are currently Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine where they also direct the annual Summer Chamber Music Festival. Iryna Krechkovsky is also Co-Founder and Director of the Young Artist Program of Chamber Music | OC, one of the most dynamic classical music projects in the country dedicated to advancing the art of chamber music through performance, education, and community outreach.
Born in Ukraine, Iryna Krechkovsky holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University in New York and earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she was awarded the Dr. Jerome Gross Prize in Violin. Her mentors include David and Linda Cerone, Philip Setzer, Philippe Graffin, Pamela Frank, and Henk Guittart. Krechkovsky performs on a 2007 violin by Ryan Soltis and Samuel Zygmuntowicz.
Learn more at irynakrechkovsky.com.