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OREST

  SMOVZH,

        violin

Ukrainian-born violinist Orest Smovzh is currently based in the United States. In addition to performing – Orest is dedicated to organizing festivals, promoting contemporary music, historically informed performance, music journalism and conducting. 

 

Smovzh collaborated in chamber performances with the members of Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Suntory Hall Chamber Music Academy, pianists Thomas Hoppe, Albert Tiu, Fazıl Say, cellist Michael Kannen, violinist Vadim Gluzman. 

Smovzh commissioned and premiered around 40 works from the leading composers of Ukraine, as well as Singapore and USA. He is a co-founder of Dzenzelivka Classical Week; Collegium Musicum Lviv, Melaka Classics.

 

Smovzh collaborated in chamber performances with the members of Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Suntory Hall Chamber Music Academy, pianists Thomas Hoppe, Albert Tiu, Fazıl Say, cellist Michael Kannen, violinist Vadim Gluzman. 

Winner of 2015 Tadeusz Wroński Violin Solo Competition and the finalist of 2018 George Enescu Violin Competition, Smovzh has performed on instruments by Guarneri del Gesù, Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, and others, loaned by late Mr Rin Kei Mei and private collections. He appeared as a soloist with George Enescu Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, Uzbekistan National Symphony Orchestra, Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra, in such iconic halls as Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Hitashi Systems Hall in Sendai among others.

 

Orest Smovzh holds degrees from Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kyiv, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, and Peabody Institute in Baltimore, where he studied with Yaroslava Rivnyak, Dmytro Tkachenko, Qian Zhou, Midori, and participated in masterclasses by Vadym Repin, Ilya Gringolts, Ivry Gitlis, Pierre Amoyal, Nam Yun Kim, Pinchas Zukerman, Petru Munteanu, Kszysztof Węgrzyn, and David Takeno.