In a new production, members of the New York City based composer/performer collective, Random Access Music will be presented on the West Coast. Violinist Myroslava (Mira) Khomik and pianist Füreya Ünal perform works by RAM composers Guy Barash, David Fetherolf, and Frances White alongside a work by Michael Torke.
Guy Barash: Talkback IV for piano and electronics (2010)
David Fetherolf: Somerville Sonata for violin and piano (1981, 2002)
Frances White: The Old Rose Reader for violin electronics and video (2004)
Michael Torke: Spoon Bread for violin and piano (2016)
Ukrainian-born violinist Myroslava (Mira) Khomik is a top prize winner of international competitions and awards, including the Remember Enescu Competition in Romania, Ugzhorod Silver Bells in Ukraine, and the New Names of Ukraine. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Ukraine, Spain, US, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, and her performances were broadcast on National TV and Radio in Ukraine, the US, and in Asia.
Based in Los Angeles, Ms. Khomik maintains an active performing and teaching schedule. She is an avid promoter of contemporary composers, regularly participates in premieres of new works, and enjoys taking part in, as well as co-producing collaborative projects. Among the upcoming performances this season are solo appearances with Orquestra Sinfonica de Barra Mansa in Brazil, West Shore Symphony Orchestra and Dana Point Symphony Orchestra in the US, recitals in Los Angeles, New York, and Kyiv, featuring premieres of several contemporary American composers and also highlighting music by John Adams in honor of his 70th birthday celebrations, as well as chamber music concerts at the Broad Stage Series, and Le Salon de Musiques series in Los Angeles, Gulfstream New Music Festival in Ukraine, and an educational outreach residency with her string quartet in Juneau, Alaska.
Most recent past highlights include premiere of the violin concerto by Ferran Sor with Orquestra de la Societat de Concerts de Barcelona, guest solo appearance and master classes at the 10mo. Festival Internacional de Musica y Musicologia in Mexico, and with the Kyiv Kamerata in Ukraine, as well as completing a week-long residency at UNASP in Sao Paolo, and at the Projeto Retreta, an outreach music program for the underprivileged children in Artur Nogueira, Brazil.
A devoted chamber music advocate, Ms. Khomik won several competitions with her string quartet in 2013 and 2014, and continues working regularly on various projects at home and abroad. She has a pleasure to collaborate with distinguished artists, such as the members of the Borromeo and Jerusalem String Quartets, Robert Davidovichi, Ronald Leonard, Eugene Friesen, Gloria Cheng, Guillaume Sutre, Movses Pogossian, Antonio Lysy, among others. Ms. Khomik frequently appears in prestigious chamber music series such as LACMA Sundays Live, Jacaranda, HEAR NOW New Music Festival, Chamber Music at the Broad Stage Series, Beverly Hills Festival, and NASUCA concert series in Los Angeles, and has performed in concerts at the Incontri in Terra di Sienna Music (Italy), Academie de Musique de Lausanne (Switzerland), Aurora Music Festival (Sweden), and Zeist Music Days (Netherlands).
Ms. Khomik started learning music at the age of four in Ukraine, and after receiving her Performance Diploma from Lviv Krushelnytska School of Music, was invited to continue her education in the US on full scholarships. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also served as the Teaching Associate of Chamber Music in the string department. She is a newly appointed member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, regularly performs with New West Symphony, Riverside Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, and Divan Consort Ensemble in Los Angeles, and is an adjunct string faculty at Fullerton College and the French Conservatory in Beverly Hills.
Füreya Ünal was born in Istanbul where she started playing the piano at the age of 3 1/2. Her formal music education began at five years of age at Istanbul University State Conservatory. In 1996, Füreya was granted her bachelors degree from Istanbul Conservatory. She has been awarded two masters degrees. Her first masters was granted from Istanbul Conservatory, her second from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main.
During her education, she has studied with Irina Zaritskaya, Mikhail Voskresenski, Anatol Ugorski and Leontina Margulis. Throughout 1995 and 1996, she studied in Monaco with State Artist Hüseyin Sermet at the Monaco Music Academy. After graduating with honors from the Istanbul University State Conservatory, she has given a recital at the 2nd International Piano Festival at Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall. She has also performed at the closing concert with State Artist Huseyin Sermet and French pianist Eric LaSage. Fureya has been awarded a Master of Music degree from Istanbul University State Conservatory with her thesis on Piano Sonatas of Scriabin. In 1998, she was admitted to the class of Arkady Aronov at the Manhattan School of Music. In 1999, she was granted a full scholarship by the Turkish Educational Foundation to study in Frankfurt, Germany with Catherine Vickers, a student of Paul Badura-Skoda and Alfred Brendel. After completing her studies in Germany, she was a member of faculty at Yildiz Technical University. In 2003 she has performed a recital at the Spectral Music Festival in Istanbul, performing works by Jonathan Harvey, Messiaen and Walicki. A recording of this concert can be found in various libraries throughout Europe.
Being an avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with many musicians from around the globe. As a part of the Unal Korkmaz flute-piano duo, she has given concerts and master classes in Istanbul as well as the United States, premiering works by contemporary composers. She has performed at the New Music Festival at California State University Fullerton numerous times, sharing the stage with famous composer Fred Rzewski, and pianists Gloria Cheng, Ursula Oppens and Kathleen Supove.
Füreya is a member of faculty at California State University Fullerton. She has been teaching for over 20 years at schools in Istanbul, Germany and United States. Her students have won numerous competitions and festivals. She serves on the board of Music Teachers Association of California Orange County North branch as Vice President, and is the co-chair for Bach Festival. Füreya has given a number of concerts and recitals in Turkey, Germany, Monaco, France, Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and the United States, both as a solo artist, accompanist and ensemble player. She was a recipient of Cultural Exchange Fellowship in 2012 given by Turkish Cultural Foundation to give concerts and master classes in The People’s Republic of China. She has been awarded as the Woman of Distinction 2013 from 65th District of California by the Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva. She is the founder, artistic director and pianist of the new music ensemble Divan Consort. Her ensemble has given numerous concerts and master classes since their beginning in 2009 in US and Europe. The group has released their first album, “Refuge” on Albany Records which has been awarded with Gold Medal in Album category, and Silver Medal in composition category by Global Music Awards.