Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa is long esteemed in the former
USSR as a distinguished soloist, chamber musician and teacher. A
prominent student of David Oistrakh, Krysa won major prizes in such
international competitions as the Wieniawski (1962), Tchaikovsky (1966),
and Montreal (1969), and was outright winner of the Paganini
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, and was a Visiting Professor at Tokyo University of
Arts in 2009. He is also a Honored Professor at Lviv Music Academy
(Ukraine) and a Honored Member of the Japanese String Teachers
March 2016, Oleh Krysa was elected a Foreign Member of the National
Academy of Arts of Ukraine. Established in 1996, the Academy's members
are distinguished specialists of professional artistry. As a Foreign
Member, Oleh Krysa will give master classes, present concerts and
recitals, and create and develop musical projects.
artistic association "World of Classical Music" founded the Oleh Krysa
International Violin Competition to honor Professor Krysa.
Krysa played solo recitals in major music centres throughout the world
and with leading orchestras and ensembles of Moscow, Leningrad,
Novosibirsk, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Kiev, Lviv, Odessa, London,
Helsinki, Stockholm, Malmo, Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Bonn, Weimar,
Stuttgart, Warsaw, Krakow, Katowice, Prague, Brno, Budapest, Bucharest,
Sofia, Plovdiv, Belgrade, Zagreb, Istanbul, Ankara, New York,
Washington, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Montreal, Toronto,
Cape Town, Yokohama, Canberra and Wellington.
has also appeared at major festivals in Europe (Moscow Stars, Prague
Spring, Warsaw Autumn, Sofia Weeks, Plovdiv Music Festival, Wiener Fest,
Lockenhaus International Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein
International Music Festival, Internationale Bachaakademie Stuttgart,
Edinburgh International Music Festival, Kuhmo International Chamber
Music Festival, Korsholm International Music Festival); in North America
(Aspen Music Festival, InterHarmony Music Festival, Park City
International Chamber Music Festival, Lake Winnipisaukee Music Festival,
Peninsula Music Festival); in Japan (Kawaguchi-ko Music Festival,
Yubari Music Festival); in Australia (Perth Music Festival, Townsville
International Chamber Music Festival); and in New Zealand (Wellington
International Music Festival).
Krysa has collaborated with conductors such as Gennady Rozhdestvensky,
Kirill Kondrashin, Dimitri Kitajenko, Alexander Dmitriev, Alexander
Lazarev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Mark Ermler, Yuri Simonov, Lev Markiz,
Saulius Sondeckis, Arvid Jansons, Neeme Jaarvi, Eri Klas, Stepan
Turchak, Volodymyr Kozhuhar, Volodymyr Sirenko, Roman Kofman, Taras
Krysa, Theodore Kuchar, Virko Baley, Igor Simovich, Yerzy Semkow, Sakari
Oramo, Kurt Sanderling, and James de Preist.
He has conducted Master Classes in North America, in Europe in the Far East, Australia, and in New Zealand.
addition to his thriving solo career, Krysa was a leader of the Kiev
Conservatory Quartet (1970-1973), the Leontovych Quartet (1999-2003),
and the celebrated Beethoven String Quartet (1977-1987).
Krysa is also a champion of contemporary music, and has worked closely
with Alfred Schnittke, Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina, Krzsyzstof
Penderecki, Vyacheslav Artyomov, Sydney Hodkinson, Virko Baley, Myroslav
Skoryk, Valentin Silvestrov, Yevhen Stankovych and Larry Sitsky. He
has premiered a number of their works, and many of them have been
written for and dedicated to him.
Mr. Krysa has recorded on the Melodiya, BIS, Triton, Olympia, TNC, Amadis, Polskie Nagranie, and Russian Disc labels.
Krysa has served on the jury panel of the International Tchaikovsky,
Wieniawski, Paganini, Kreisler, Lipizer, Oistrakh (Chairman), Joachim,
Michael Hill, Prague Spring, Wronski Solo Violin, Brescia Violin,
Montreal Violin, Qingdao, Almaty (Chairman), and Sendai Violin
Competitions, and the Osaka Chamber Music Competition.
was married to pianist Tatiana Tchekina, who was his partner in most of
his recitals and recordings before her death in December 2013. The
Tatiana and Oleh Krysa Scholarship at the Eastman School of Music has
been established to support scholarships for students pursuing a degree
in violin performance or piano accompanying.