Biography: Iryna Krechkovsky, Violinist

Iryna KrechkovskyIryna 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 been featured in concert venues from Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, to The American Church, in Paris, France, also performing on National Public Radio, KABC-­TV Los Angeles, and the Public Broadcasting Service. 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 most recently, the 2012 Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition. She has performed as soloist with the Lviv National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the Toronto Sinfonietta, the Seoul National University Virtuosi, 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 regular appearances 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, David Finckel, Gil Kalish, Alan Kay, and Kyung Sun Lee.

Iryna Krechkovsky has toured extensively 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 have since been appointed Artists-in­-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine where they are also Directors of the Summer Academy for Chamber Music. 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.

Born in Ukraine, Iryna Krechkovsky began playing violin at age six. She 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. She is currently completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University in New York. Her teachers and mentors include David and Linda Cerone, Philip Setzer, Philippe Graffin, Pamela Frank, and Henk Guittart. Iryna Krechkovsky performs on the 1689 Baumgartner Stradivarius violin on loan by the Canada Council for the Arts Music Instrument Bank.