Iryna Krechkovsky, violin
Ross Gasworth, cello
Kevin Kwan Loucks, piano
B.M.; M.M., The Cleveland Institute of Music; D.M.A., State University of New York, Stony Brook
Iryna 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 at venues from Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, to Town Hall in Seattle, and The American Church, in Paris, France. She was a top prize winner at the Sorantin International Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, the Kocian International Violin Competition in Czech Republic, and most recently, winner of the 2012 Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition. She has performed as soloist with the Canadian Academy Chamber Orchestra, the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toronto Sinfonietta, and the Lviv National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, 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 been invited to perform at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the San Angelo Piano Festival in Texas, Artosphere in Arkansas, the Stony Brook Faculty Recital Series in New York, and The Banff Centre in Canada, with artists including Denis Brott, Colin Carr, David Finckel, Gil Kalish, Alan Kay, Natalia Khoma, and Volodymyr Vynnytsky.
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 won 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 and her husband, pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks, are a renowned violin/piano duo and Winners of the prestigious 2012 Beverly Hills Auditions. They were also appointed co-music directors of the Los Angeles new music group Synchromy, and are founding members of Trio Céleste with cellist Ross Gasworth, recently appointed Artists-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine. She is also Founder and Artistic Director 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.
Iryna Krechkovsky performs on the 1689 Baumgartner Stradivarius violin on loan by the Canada Council for the Arts Music Instrument Bank.
Websites: www.irynakrechkovsky.com; www.trioceleste.com; www.chambermusicoc.org
B.M.; M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; Supplemental Studies at the Paris Conservatory
Cellist Ross Gasworth has performed and taught throughout the United States, as well as in Asia and Europe. Festival appearances include the Artosphere Festival, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Pacific Music Festival. In 2011, Ross was selected to participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra as principal cellist under the direction of Michael Tilson-Thomas. The finale concert attracted 33 million live views, a YouTube record. Subsequently, he performed at Google's Zeitgeist festival in London. Ross has served as teaching assistant to Richard Aaron and Brandon Vamos, and co-created and taught Dalcroze Eurhythmics classes at the Kneisel Hall Young Musicians program.
He has performed with the Houston Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, New World Symphony, and Aspen Chamber Symphony, and was the principal cellist with the Waco Symphony Orchestra from 2008 - 2012. In 2010, Ross toured China as part of the Bancroft Quartet, which included performing and coaching chamber music at the Southern China University of Technology. Most recently, he performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Trio Céleste during a 2-week residency at the University of California, Irvine, where they have been appointed Artists-in-Residence.
Other solo performances have included concerto appearances with the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Orchestra, the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Rochester Symphony Orchestra.
Ross earned his B.M. and M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was generously loaned a Klotz cello by the Colburn Foundation. His teachers include Richard Aaron, Stephen Geber, Eugene Osadchy, and Michel Strauss.
Kevin Kwan Loucks
B.M., University of California, Irvine; M.M., The Juilliard School; D.M.A., State University of New York, Stony Brook
Kevin Kwan Loucks has been called “impeccable” (La Presse, Montreal), “a shining talent” (Völser Zeitung, Italy), and a pianist of “exhilarating polish, unity and engagement” (The Orange County Register, California). Featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, he has earned ovations from Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, to Prösels Castle in Italy, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and Lichtenstein Palace in Prague. He was a top prize winner at the Schlern International Competition in Italy, the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, and the 2012 American Prize in Piano Performance, and was featured as guest artist at the Laguna Beach Chamber Music Festival in California, the Daejeon Chamber Music Festival in South Korea, the Moulin d'Andé in France, and the Montreal Chamber Music Festival in Canada. He was Artist-in-Residence at The Orange County Great Park in California where he was Founder and Artistic Director of the critically-acclaimed Chamber Music Series at the Palm Court Arts Complex, and is currently Principal Artist-in-Residence for the International Arts Mentoring Program in South Korea which brings music and arts to underprivileged children across Asia. He is also Founder and Artistic Director 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.
As a collaborative artist, Kevin Kwan Loucks has appeared in recital with distinguished musicians Rachel Barton Pine, Denis Brott, James Campbell, Colin Carr, Alan Kay, Edgar Meyer, Frank Morelli, Lara St. John, Roger Tapping, Rafael Wallfisch, and Carol Wincenc, and has also been featured in collaborations with the Afiara, Cecilia, and Jupiter String Quartets. Kevin Kwan Loucks and his wife, violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, are a renowned violin/piano duo and Winners of the prestigious 2012 Beverly Hills Auditions. They were also appointed co-music directors of the Los Angeles new music group Synchromy, and are founding members of Trio Céleste with cellist Ross Gasworth, recently appointed Artists-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine. He also performs as a member of Gruppo Montebello, an All-Star Ensemble of acclaimed Banff Centre faculty and alumni based in Canada.
A Korean-American and graduate of The Juilliard School and Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine, Kevin Kwan Loucks is an alumnus of programs at the Aspen Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and The Banff Centre. He is completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University where he served as head of Piano for the Pre-College Division and teaching assistant for both the Emerson String Quartet and the Graduate Chamber Music Program. His teachers include Julian Martin, Nina Scolnik, and Christina Dahl.
Websites: www.kevinloucks.com; www.trioceleste.com; www.chambermusicoc.org