Solomia Soroka, violin & Matthew Hill, piano

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Goshen College faculty members Solomia Soroka, violin & Matthew Hill, piano will present a faculty recital of works for violin and piano in Rieth Recital Hall.

Soroka and Hill will present a concert of American music for violin and piano, including the Sonata in D Major by Rossetter G. Cole, Virtuoso Etudes on Themes by George Gershwin by Earl Wild, Suite for Violin and Piano by William Grant Still, and Selections from Porgy & Bess by Jascha Heifetz.

Violinist Solomia Soroka, DMA, born in L’viv, Ukraine, is among the most accomplished Ukrainian musicians of her generation. She won top prizes in three prestigious international violin competitions held in the former Soviet Union – the Prokofiev, Lysenko, and Zolota Osin’ competitions. Dr. Soroka earned her master’s degree and completed postgraduate studies in the Kyiv Conservatory, and later served on its faculty in the chamber music department. Her doctoral degree is from the Eastman School of Music. Solomia Soroka appears with concerts in Europe, Asia, and the United States. She has made four recordings for Naxos, for which she received excellent reviews in major music magazines in the US and Europe. For the past four years Soroka has been under contract with Toccata Classics in London, to make world premiere recordings. Dr. Soroka teaches violin, chamber music, music literature, and advanced music theory at Goshen College. During the summer she conducts masterclasses in Italy and Ukraine. Soroka studied with Hersh Heifetz, Bohodar Kotorovych, Liudmyla Zvirko and Charles Castleman.


Matthew Hill, DMA, pianist and Goshen College professor of music, teaches piano, chamber music, and music history. Matthew began piano lessons at the very late age of 12 because of a strong desire to learn “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin. Though this work continues to elude him, “Could it be Magic” by Barry Manilow, Henry Mancini’s “The Pink Panther,” and a disco version of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony quickly became staples in Matthew’s middle school repertoire. His music education increased rapidly when he learned of the music of Beethoven from reading Peanuts comic strips. His five much older sisters explained to the young boy that record albums of Beethoven Symphonies were owned by their parents, and Matthew then spent many happy hours listening to these as well as many other musical masterpieces. Another highlight of his youth was the discovery of the Hanon Piano Studies, and he gleefully played through all 60 exercises daily. He even expanded into Czerny, Pishna, and especially valued the School of Finger Independence by Isidore Phillipe. He credits his parents’ growth in patience and holiness as a direct result of his daily, and highly repetitive, technique regime.

He has studied with such renowned musicians as Howard Karp and Claude Frank, whose respective pedagogical genealogies include Rosina Lhévinne and Arthur Schnabel. This past heritage of musical thought, in addition to his interests in monastic discipline and the role of silence in music, shapes and forms his pianism, his approaches to interpretation, and his teaching. He has taught, presented master classes, and performed in Italy, China, and at the prestigious Interlochen Fine Arts Summer Camp, as well as at the Interlochen Arts Academy. He has published articles on teaching, contributed a chapter to the text Silence, Music, Silent Music (Ashgate), and has recorded a CD, Silent Colors, on the Blue Griffen label. His students have won various competitions – including a variety of concerto performances, and have also gone onto graduate study at such schools as the University of Oklahoma, Ball State University, Bowling Green University, Westminster Choir College, the University of South Florida, Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Performance: Solomia Soroka, violin & Matthew Hill, piano

Series: Music Dept/Music Center Concerts

Date: February 23, 2018 @

Location: Rieth Recital Hall

Pricing: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students. GC faculty/staff/students free with ID.

Tickets: Available January 30, 2018 at the Box Office or by phone at (574) 535-7566

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