Iryna Krechkovsky, violin
Ross Gasworth, cello
Kevin Kwan Loucks, piano
Iryna Krechkovsky is a prizewinning 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, KABCTV Los Angeles, Public Broadcasting Service, and most recently as a speaker/ performer on TEDxChapmanU. 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 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, and recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at New York’s Stony Brook University. 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.
As an orchestral musician, Ross has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Houston Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the New World Symphony, and as principal cellist with the Waco Symphony and Miami Symphony. He has performed chamber music alongside principal players from the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In 2011, Ross was selected from thousands of international auditions to perform as principal cellist of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michael Tilson-Thomas in Sydney, Australia. Subsequently, as a representative from the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, he performed at Google’s Zeitgeist festival in London, England. Major festival appearances have included the Artosphere Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Pacific Music Festival. As a member of the Bancroft String Quartet, Ross performed and taught during a week-long residency at the South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China. As an educator, Ross has been a teaching assistant at the University of North Texas, University of Illinois, and Cleveland Institute of Music. Additionally, he has taught at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival Young Musician’s Program, the Idyllwild Arts Academy, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Strings Program. He maintains a private teaching studio as well.
Ross has performed as a soloist with the Rochester Symphony, Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony, Michigan Youth Arts Festival Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, and the UCI Symphony. He plays on a 2005 Whedbee cello and a 2011 Pawlikowski cello.
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, the Beverly Hills Auditions in Los Angeles, and the 2012 American Prize in Piano Performance, and was featured as guest artist at the Daejeon Chamber Music Festival in South Korea, the Moulin d’Andé in France, and the Montreal Chamber Music Festival in Canada. From 2010 to 2012 he served as Principal Artist-in-Residence for the International Arts Mentoring Program in South Korea bringing music and arts education to underprivileged children across Asia, and in 2011 he founded and directed an acclaimed eight-concert chamber music series at the Orange County Great Park in Southern California. In 2013 he and his wife, violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, launched Chamber Music | OC – an ambitious arts initiative that has garnered nationwide attention as one of the premiere classical music projects taking place in the country today.
As a collaborative artist, Kevin Kwan Loucks has appeared in recital with distinguished musicians Rachel Barton Pine, Denis Brott, Colin Carr, Alan Kay, Edgar Meyer, Frank Morelli, Lara St. John, Kyung Sun Lee, Roger Tapping, Rafael Wallfisch, and Carol Wincenc, and has been featured in collaborations with the Afiara, Cecilia, and Jupiter String Quartets. He has performed and recorded as a member of Gruppo Montebello, an All‐Star Ensemble of acclaimed Banff Centre faculty and alumni based in Canada, and has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with his wife 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.
A Korean-American and graduate of The Juilliard School, Kevin Kwan Loucks is an alumnus of programs at the Aspen Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and The Banff Centre. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University where he served as head of Piano for the Pre-College Division and teaching assistant for the Emerson String Quartet. His teachers include Julian Martin, Nina Scolnik, and Christina Dahl.
Websites: www.kevinloucks.com; www.trioceleste.com; www.chambermusicoc.org