In 2012, North Carolina music critic Paul D. Williams remarked of Ivan Moshchuk,
“So here is a young artist with matinee good looks and admirable stage presence. He has won more than his fair share of prestigious awards...what's to prevent him from eventually assuming his place in the front row with this world's great pianists?”
Good question. The international press has already begun to notice Ivan’s meteoric rise, marveling that “it was impossible not to be impressed” (Baltimore Sun) by the musicianship of this young artist, noting his “rare combination of breathtaking technique and genuine musicality” (Kalamazoo Gazette), and his extraordinary ability to create “a density that lets you feel the spiritual aspects of the music.” (Zofinger Zeitung)
At the same time, those closest to Ivan confirm that he will never be content to claim a passive seat among the upper echelons of his craft, preferring instead to leverage performance as a vehicle that enables him to deliver fully-realized conceptual events that welcome and captivate any audience.
For the 2015-2016 season, it was this intense passion for testing the boundaries of the classical music experience that drove Ivan to refocus his art and energy from the international touring stage to his hometown of Detroit. “It’s not just rock stars or pop artists who want creative control these days. While respecting the traditions of music, dance or theatre, and starting from a substantial foundation, my artistic allies and I have the power and confidence to try new things,” says Ivan, who harbors the rare ability of most great artists to reach deeply within and without, communicating his enthusiasm and exuberance to others.
This spring, he founded the Detroit Sessions, thus embarking on a series of collaborations with musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theatre, the theatre company Shakespeare in Detroit, as well as contemporary dance ensemble ArtLab J. On June 9th, Ivan made his major stage solo debut at Detroit’s coveted Orchestra Hall, the first solo piano performance in that venue exclusively presented by ProMusica of Detroit in over 10 years. Upcoming projects include the first outdoor classical concert in Detroit's iconic Roosevelt Park, the only Menuhin Centenary Tribute in the United States featuring special guest Bruno Monsaingeon, and a one-night only memoriam concert dedicated to the life and work of Emil Gilels, presented by the Cranbrook Music Guild.
At 25, Ivan has already graced many of the eminent stages of North America and Europe. He has performed at leading classical music festivals such as the Gilmore Keyboard Festival (USA), Verbier Festival (Switzerland, as part of the Verbier Festival Academy, 2010), BANFF Music Festival (Canada), Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival (USA), and Rachmaninoff Festival in Kharkiv (Ukraine).
In addition to being in demand as a soloist, Ivan has collaborated with established orchestras such as the Lansing Symphony, Kharkiv and South Carolina Philharmonics, and as a chamber musician with the Attacca and Telegraph Quartets. The distinguished jury of the International Holland Music Sessions (the Netherlands) chose him for the 2014 New Masters on Tour, providing an additional series of concerts throughout Europe, including the famed Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Philharmonia in Bratislava.
Known as a pianist, Ivan has also become active as a film director, writer, and recording artist. In the fall 2015, Ivan Moshchuk released his debut studio recording, an album entitled Forgiveness, now available worldwide as a digital download on Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and Tidal. Inspired by the late works of Jacques Derrida, the album features the music of Beethoven and Rachmaninoff and explores forgiveness in relation to music, aesthetics, and philosophy. Ivan’s first short film, “A Vanished Present”, a visual setting of Bach/Siloti’s prelude in b minor, completes the project. Ivan’s live performances have been broadcast on “Český Rozhlas” Czech National Radio and American Public Media’s Performance Today.
A tireless researcher, Ivan was invited to present his theoretical work “Episodic aspects of form in the music of Chopin and Rachmaninoff” at the 8th International Scientific- Theoretical Symposium “Rachmaninoff: On the Break of Centuries”, as part of the International Rachmaninoff Festival in Kharkiv, Ukraine. His article was published in the proceedings of the conference in 2012, and earned him two subsequent re-engagements in Kharkiv.
Ivan’s recital programs span everything from the music of Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms to landmark twentieth-century compositions by Prokofiev, Ravel, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff, in addition to shining light on hidden gems of Medtner, Busoni, Kirchner, and DiChiera. His capacity to reveal fresh perspectives in even the most familiar compositions has earned him wide recognition for his mastery and depth of interpretation. In 2014-15, Ivan devoted his entire North American tour to the solo piano works of Chopin. Following his return appearance in Raleigh, NC, a reviewer noted that “his playing easily made this program among the most impressive I have heard in a lifetime of listening.” (cvnc.org)
Born in Moscow in 1990, Ivan arrived in Michigan at the age of four, accompanying his parents to the Detroit area. He began playing piano shortly after, training under the finest representatives of the Russian piano school. Following his concerto debut at age 11, Ivan received numerous awards and prizes, including First Prize at the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition in 2007 and the honor of being the only Michigander to receive the prestigious 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award, all while still attending Grosse Pointe South High School. In addition to consulting with artists such as Ivan Moravec, Mikhail Voskresensky, Menahem Pressler, Sergei Babayan, Jon O’Conor, and James Tocco, Ivan was the only undergraduate to be invited to study under Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, graduating in 2013. He then moved abroad to Paris, becoming one of the youngest residents of the Cité Internationale des Arts.
Ivan has reached great heights in recent years as he forges a new path for classical musicians in the 21st century. As Ivan says, “It is always about the energy. I haven’t done my job unless people remember the experience for years to come. It’s not a question of what we’ve always done...but of what we can do next.”