VThe Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa, long esteemed in the former USSR as a distinguished soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, made his American debut in 1971 at Carnegie Hall with a performance that won glowing reviews from the critics. Heralded by the New York Times as "a performance to make a violinist's reputation had he come without one." After an 18-year absence from the American concert stage, his appearences in 1990 at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center were again met with exceptional critic acclaim and confirmed his reputation as a master of his instrument.
A prominent student of David Oistrakh, Oleh Krysa won major prizes in such international competitions as the Wieniawski, Tchaikovsky, and Montreal, and was outright winner of the Paganini Competition. When he won first prize in the Paganini Competition, the local press speculated he must have been born with a violin in his hands.
After completing his postgraduate work, Oleh Krysa began his teaching career as chairman of the Violin Department at the Kiev Conservatory. In 1973 he took the same position at the Gnesins Musical and Pedagogical Institute in Moscow and, two years later, returned to the Moscow Conservatory as Professor of Violin, where he remained until 1988. Currently he is Professor of Violin at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and actively performs all over the world.
Oleh Krysa has performed in major music centres throughout the world, with leading orchestras and conductors and ensembles. He has also appeared at major festivals in
Russia ("Moscow Stars"), Czechoslovakia ("Prague Spring"), Poland ("Warsaw Autumn"), Austria (Wiener Fest, Lockenhaus), Germany (Schleswig-Holstein, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart), Scotland (Edinburgh), Finland (Kuhmo, Korsholm), USA (Oregon Bach Festival, The Lake Winnipesaukee Music Festival, Park City International Chamber Music Festival, Peninsula Music Festival), Australia (Perth, Townsville) and New Zealand (Wellington)
In addition to his thriving solo career, Oleh Krysa was leader of the celebrated Beethoven String Quartet 1977-87.
Oleh Krysa is also a champion of contemporary music and has worked closely with Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, Myroslaw Skoryk and Vyacheslav Artyomov. He has premiered a number of their works and many have been written specifically for him.
He has recorded on the Melodiya, BIS, Triton, Olympia, Amadis, Polskie Nagranie, TNC and Russian Disc labels.
Oleh Krysa is married to pianist Tatiana Tchekina who has been his partner in most of his recitals and recordings over the years. Source: (c) Oleh Krysa
BLOCH. Violin Concerto
GUBAIDULINA. "Offertorium". Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
SCHNITTKE. Violin Concertos Nos. 3 & 4
SCHNITTKE. Concerto Grosso No. 2 for Violin, Cello and Orchestra
SCHNITTKE. Chamber Music
SCHULHOFF. Sonata for solo Violin
RAVEL. MARTINU. HONEGGER. SCHULHOFF. Sonata for Violin and Cello
BEETHOVEN - Ten Sonatas for Violin and Piano (4 CD set)
BARTOK - Two Sonatas for Violin and Piano
PROKOFIEV -Two Sonatas for Violin and Piano /Five Melodies for Violin and Piano
RAVEL - Sonata posthume for Violin and Piano ....
SZYMANOWSKI - Sonata for Violin and Piano, op. 9 ...
WIENIAWSKI - Legende op. 17 , Scherzo-Tarantelle op. 16 , .....
on DML Classics
TRAVELS WITH A VIOLIN - RUSSIA
TRAVELS WITH A VIOLIN - EASTERN EUROPE
TRAVELS WITH A VIOLIN - FRANCE
TRAVELS WITH A VIOLIN - ITALY
TRAVELS WITH A VIOLIN - SPAIN
TRAVELS WITH A VIOLIN - AMERICA
BEETHOVEN. Violin Concerto, op. 61
WIENIAWSKI Violin Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor / TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto op. 35 in D Major
SCHNITTKE Concerto Grosso No. 1 for Two Violins and Chamber Orchestra
LYATOSHYNSKY Sonata for Violin and Piano, op. 19 ...
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Trio op. 50
on RUSSIAN DISC
BRAHMS Three Sonatas for Violin and Piano
IVES Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5
DVORAK Piano Quartet No. 2, op. 87
TCHAIKOVSKY String Sextet, op. 70 "Souvenir de Florence"
ARENSKY String Quartet for Violin, Viola and two Cellos, op. 35
ARTYOMOV "In Memoriam". Concerto for Violin and Orchestra ......
MOZART Violin Concertos Nos. 3 & 5, Adagio in E Major, Rondo in C Major
SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 1
on BRILLIANT CLASSICS
MOZART Mozart Dances
||from Bloch: Concerto For Violin And Orchestra (O) , (O) , (O) ,
||from Alfred Schnittke Chamber music (O) , (O) , (O) , (O) , (O) , (O) ,(O) , (O) , (O) ,
||from Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence (O)
||from Brahms: The Violin Sonatas ( O ) , (O) , (O) , (O) , Tatiana Tchekina piano.
"One can only admire the precise technical mastery and the depth of the violinist's play."
"During 30 years of my pedagogical work I haven't encountered an individuality such as this. Oleh has brilliant natural gifts, unusual musicality, vivid artistry and great charm. Some of his performances have remained in my memory as examples of high artistic achievements."
David Oistrakh. "Sovietskaya Muzyka"
"High virtuoso qualities, elegance and delicacy of execution, brilliance of the left hand..."
Die Presse, Austria
"A highly esteemed performer in the former Soviet Union, Oleh Krysa gave a charismatic and thoroughly compelling performance. ...Here Krysa demonstrated once again why he is held in such high regard, as he gave further voice to his extraordinary technical expertise, tackling monstrous feats with great composure."
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