Mykola Suk, D.M.A.
Division of Keyboard Studies, Coordinator
"An astonishing blend of muscular power, poetry and utter control he will prove to be one of the more formidable talents to have appeared in this country in years.” (American Record Guide).
This statement resonates with truth for the Ukrainian-American pianist, Mykola Suk, who gained international recognition as the winner of the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 1971 International Liszt-Bartok Competition in Budapest, Hungary.
Dr. Suk’s international career has spanned four continents, with performances in the most prestigious venues from the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory to Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Toronto Star comments on his "...enormous digital control...such an impressive technique was so completely subsumed in the task of musical characterization." Suk has appeared as soloist with numerous leading orchestras, from the Russian National Symphony under Mikhail Pletnev to the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn under Roman Kofman.
Dr. Suk has given recitals world-wide: in the countries of the former Soviet Union, in France, Germany, England, Portugal, Finland, Egypt, Spain, Mexico, United States, Canada, Korea, China, Mongolia and Australia, among others. The European Piano Teacher's Journal wrote that Suk is "...surely the most towering and volcanic talent to have come out of Russia since Anton Rubinstein." In addition, Suk's passion for chamber music has brought him to many distinguished chamber music festivals and collaborations throughout the world, among them the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland), Kiev International Music Festival (Ukraine), Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City.
Mykola Suk completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance at the Moscow State Conservatory, studying with Lev Vlasenko.