my experience, Suk's readings of the B minor Sonata and
Dante Sonata surpass in
impact the Liszt performance of any other living pianist.
"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 assessment by the American Record Guide certainly describes well 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. His international career has spanned four continents, performing 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. And the Toronto Star adds "...enormous digital control... such an impressive technique was so completely subsumed in the task of musical characterization. Suk never used the piano to show off; he made it the servant of Liszt’s expressive ideas".
Mr. 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. He has collaborated artistically with the world’s outstanding conductors, among them Charles Bruck, Janos Ferencik, Arvid Jansons, Stefan Turchak, James DePreist and Carl St. Clair. Mr. Suk’s interviews, live performances, and CD recording have been broadcast throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia on prominent radio stations and broadcast systems, such as e.g. WQXR and WNYC, NYC, WMFT, Chicago, and WGBH Boston.
Since his first public appearance at age eight, Mykola Suk has given recitals world-wide in the countries of the former Soviet Union, in France, Germany, England, Finland, Egypt, Mexico, United States, Canada, Korea, China, Mongolia and Australia. The European Piano Teacher’s Journal wrote that Mykola 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.
Mr. Suk is an avid believer in 20th and 21st century piano literature. He was honored to premiere numerous works, especially those by Ukrainian composers such as Valentin Silverstrov, Ivan Karabyts and Myroslav Skoryk. Most of the compositions were composed for, dedicated to, or commissioned by Suk.
Mykola Suk has given master classes at many festivals and music schools around the world. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member at various music schools such as the New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music (NY), Columbia University (NY), and the University of Southern Alabama. In 2001, Mr. Suk settled in Las Vegas, Nevada, taking responsibility for keyboard studies in the Music Department of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Mr. Suk has recorded to high acclaim for the Melodia (Russia), Russian Disc, Hungaraton, Meldac/Tritan (Japan) and Troppe Note/Cambria labels.
He has concertized in solo recitals, as a soloist with major orchestras
under leading conductors (most recently with the Russian National Symphony
under Mikhail Pletnev), and at chamber music festivals throughout the
former USSR, North America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia.
Mr. Suk has recorded for the Melodya, Russian Disc, Hungaraton, Melda and
Troppe Note/Cambria labels.
First Prize and Gold Medal, International Liszt-Bartok Competition,
Contact: Erica Shupp