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Alumni Series: Orest Smovzh Violin Recital

  • Steven Baxter Recital Studio (map)


Dances of a December night, for violin solo

I. Giga
II. Menuet
III. Alleranta
IV. Sarabande


Kommos, for violin solo


Remnants of the Spring, for violin solo


Partita for violin solo in d minor, BWV 1004

I. Allemande
II. Corrente
III. Sarabande
IV. Giga
V. Ciaccona

Violinist Orest Smovzh is currently based in Los Angeles. Born in Ukraine, Orest started to play the violin under the guidance of his mother and Nadiya Varyanko. Through the years of developing and exploring, Orest studied with Mariya Futorska, Yaroslava Rivnyak, Dmytro Tkachenko, and Qian Zhou. Graduate of Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, he is currently a Starling Fellow at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he studies under the tutelage of Professor Midori Gotō.

Orest also had the pleasure of participating in masterclasses and lessons with Vadym Repin, Ilya Gringolts, Ivry Gitlis, Haim Taub, Petru Munteanu, Gyorgy Takacs-Nagy, Nam Yun Kim, Kszysztof Węgrzyn, Takashi Shimizu, David Takeno, Bernard Lanskey, Jacqueline Ross, Oleh Krysa and Norman Fischer.

Winner of Tadeusz Wronski Violin Solo Competition, and participant of Joseph Joachim Violin Competition, Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, Orest is constantly performing throughout Europe, Asia and America, with a diverse repertoire ranging from Renaissance to contemporary. In his career, Orest has performed on instruments by Guarneri del Gesu, Carlo Landolfi, Lorenzo Storioni and Stefan-Peter Greiner, loaned by late Mr Rin Kei Mei and private collections.

Taking part in a cultural development of his country, Orest commissioned and premiered around 40 works from leading Ukrainian composers, and is the Artistic Director of several music festivals. Orest had his conducting debut in 2016 with Antoniy Baryshevskyi and Rivne Philharmonic Orchestra. Most recently, Orest Smovzh has developed a serious interest in music journalism and historically informed performance practice.