Orest Smovzh

Orest Smovzh is a ukrainian violinist, who is taking most interest in artistic collaborations, creating unusual programs, solo violin recitals, promoting contemporary music, and historically informed performance.

Orest collaborated in chamber performances with the members of Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Suntory Hall Chamber Music Academy, pianists Thomas Hoppe, Albert Tiu, Fazıl Say, cellist Michael Kannen, violinist Vadim Gluzman. He recently received the most memorable coaching sessions from pianists Ferenc Rados, Leon Fleisher, Jeffrey Kahane, Ellen Mack, conductor Gyorgy Takacs-Nagy, baritone Thomas Hampson and lute player Nigel North.

As a soloist he took part in historically informed performances with Masaaki Suzuki in Singapore and USC Baroque Sinfonia in Los Angeles, as well as participated in several outreach projects in Mexico, USA, and Japan.

Orest commissioned and premiered around 60 works from the leading composers of Ukraine, as well as Singapore and USA.

Winner of the International Tadeusz Wroński Solo Violin Competition (2015, Poland) and the finalist of the George Enescu International Violin Competition (2018, Romania).

Orest has performed on instruments by Guarneri del Gesù, Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, and others, loaned by the late Mr. Rin Kei Mei and private collections.

He appeared as a soloist with Orchestra Filarmonicii George Enescu, Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, Uzbekistan National Symphony Orchestra, Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra, Odesa Philharmonic Orchestra, Ukrainian Festival Orchestra, in such iconic halls as Romanian Athenaeum (Bucharest), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Hitachi Systems Hall (Sendai) among others. His performances were broadcasted by Medici.tv, Lithuanian National Radio and Television, Danmarks Radio, Kol Ha Musica, WXQR, and The National Radio of Ukraine.

Orest holds degrees from National Music Academy of Ukraine (Kyiv), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore), USC Thornton School of Music (Los Angeles), and Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins (Baltimore), where he studied with Yaroslava Rivnyak, Dmytro Tkachenko, Qian Zhou and Midori.

His artistic geography includes numerous countries in Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia.

Orest is a laureate of the Levko Revutsky Award, from 2018 he receives financial support from VERE MUSIC FUND.