Bourgie Hall presents

Ihor Mostovoi, baritone & Serhiy Salov, piano – Ukrainian songs

This recital pays homage to the people of Ukraine with 19th- and 20th-century songs by Lysenko, Liatoshinsky and Dankevytch, works for piano by Chopin and Salov, and several world premieres, including Letters From the Frontline, a song cycle by Evan Mack based on poems written by Ukrainian soldiers in the line of battle.

Ihor Mostovoi, baritone

Originally from Marioupol, Ukraine, baritone Ihor Mostovoi first studied theater and popular song before training in opera singing at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. There, he studied and performed the roles of Achilles in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Belcore in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore, Theseus in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nano in the Canadian premiere of J. Musto’s Volpone, and Falke in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus.

After obtaining his master’s degree in 2017, he joined the Opéra Studio de l’Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg, with whom he performed in lyric works (as Fiorello in The Barber of Seville or Masetto in Don Giovanni) and in concerts and oratorios. He will perform the role of Count Schopp in Offenbach’s Le Roi Carotte at Opéra national de Lyon in 2019, and Tarquinius in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia in Singapore in 2022. In 2020, he joins the École normale de musique Alfred-Cortot in Paris, from which he obtains the Diplôme supérieur de concertiste in 2022.

He made his U.S. debut in 2023 in concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra at New York’s Lincoln Center, in a program devoted to contemporary creations based on Chinese poems from the Tang dynasty. Ihor Mostovoi receives the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Encouragement Award in 2015, support from the Cercle Richard-Wagner in 2019, and a grant from the Fondation de France in 2022. He wins 1st prize in opera at the Concours international de chant de Marmande (2021), a special prize from Opéra Angers-Nantes at the Concours international Ottavio Ziino (2022) and is a finalist in the Génération Opéra de Paris competition in 2022.

Serhiy Salov, piano

Serhiy Salov is recognized as an outstanding pianist, whose playing is both energetic and imbued with sensitivity. He is known for his remarkable technique and exacting rigour and virtuosity, qualities that unwaveringly serve the poetry inherent in the music. Public enthusiasm and critical acclaim have amply confirmed his prominent status on the international music scene as a soloist and chamber musician. In addition, Serhiy Salov has achieved distinction for his piano transcriptions of symphonic works such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Debussy’s Nocturnes, Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bald Mountain, and many others.

After initially learning music in Ukraine, Salov pursued his studies in London, obtaining a Master’s degree from the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, followed by a Doctor of Music degree from the Université de Montréal. His gifts extend far beyond the mastery of piano technique: the disciplines of improvisation, musicology, and the study of languages complement his training and enable him to deploy a highly expressive individual approach.

A superlative concert performer, Serhiy Salov has collaborated with renowned conductors and numerous orchestras around the world. He is regularly featured at the foremost international music festivals, and has been awarded many prizes in competitions worldwide.

CHOPIN Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
DANKEVYCH “Khmelnytsky’s Aria,” from Bohdan Khmelnytsky
Evan MACK Letters from the Frontline
Serhiy SALOV Tragedia “Z” (dedicated to the city of Marioupol)

Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 7:30pm
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