Saturday, February 24, 2024 @ 5:00pm – 7:00pm (EST)
The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC, United States

The classically trained members of the Gerdan Ensemble—voice, violin, flutes and piano—present a program of traditional songs and folk melodies of Eastern Europe. Come enjoy original arrangements paired with contemporary classical compositions. Child-friendly!

About Gerdan

Founded by Ukrainian professional duo Solomia Gorokhivska (violin) and Andrei Pidkivka (flute), musicians of Gerdan bring the fire and the edge of melodic ideas and rhythms that capture the listener. They reveal their passion for traditional Ukrainian music in their artistic expression to build cultural bridges in time and distance.

About Solomia Gorokhivska, violin & voice

Dr. Solomia Gorokhivska has established her musical career as both a successful performer and an experienced instructor in violin, viola and piano. She is an International Laureate Award recipient in classical and folk music performance. Dr. Gorokhivska toured internationally, including Ukraine, Germany, Russia, Poland, Serbia, China, and the USA. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from Ternopil State College of Music and her Master Degree at Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. In addition, Dr. Solomia Gorokhivska received her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Cultural Studies from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine. From 2006-2010, she was a musicologist, journalist, author, and senior editor for the TV program Along With The Music on the National Broadcast Company of Ukraine.

Dr. Gorokhivska is currently performing as a soloist and a collaborative artist locally, around the United States and Europe. She is a member of Manhattan Symphony (New York) and Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (Baltimore). Also, she is co-founder of a world music ensemble Gerdan. Dr. Gorokhivska presents school and university workshops that focus on the music, instruments, and culture of the countries in Eastern Europe.

About Andrei Pidkivka, flutes

Dr. Andrei Pidkivka, has been critically acclaimed in the United States and Europe as the preeminent performer and educator. As an educator Dr. Pidkivka presented workshops and master classes at schools and universities and performed as a soloist and a guest musician with numerous symphony orchestras. Performances include the Columbus Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and Pittsburgh Symphony. For the past fifteen years he taught flute, recorder, clarinet, saxophone, and coached a variety of chamber groups in private and academic settings. He holds a Doctorate of Music Arts Degree from Michigan State University, USA. His extensive collection of world instruments, from archaic to modern, encompass a wealth of knowledge and great possibilities. His East European background and extensive world music research keep him in demand as a maker of folk instruments and a recording artist with several recordings to his credit.

The Washington Post wrote, "Andrei Pidkivka breezed through fast passages on a number of ethnic flutes, but he was most winning playing plaintive melodies on the naj, or pan flute, and the tylynka, a long, slender shepherd's flute with no finger holes." With his performance of the Lord of the Rings Symphony with the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Times wrote, "Instrumentally, Andrei Pidkivka owned the spotlight with stellar work on Irish ney flutes and pan pipes (close your eyes and you're in The Shire…)."

Dr. Pidkivka presented lectures-workshops and performances at: the Kennedy Center for the Arts, Metropolitan Museum of the Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, Severance Hall, the National Folk Alliance Conference, and National Flute Association Conventions in the U.S. He was interviewed by the Voices of America Network for broadcast in Ukraine, and the National Public Radio and TV affiliate of the PBS in Cleveland, Chicago, and Baltimore.

The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church

1 Chevy Chase Cir
Washington, DC 20015
United States