On Saturday, May 30th at 7PM we held a live stream of the preview of the Music at The Institute (MATI) 2020/2021 season, featuring pianist Pavlo Gintov, performing works by Serhiy Bortkevych (also spelled ” Bortkiewicz “), an oft-overlooked Ukrainian composer. During his life, Bortkevych was oppressed and persecuted by both the Soviet and Nazi regimes. A brilliant pianist and composer, he was also a refugee and a survivor of two world wars. The style of Bortkevych’s music derives from the great Romantic composers of the 19th century. He adopted Liszt’s rich and brilliant piano writing, Chopin’s lyricism and humanness, the imagery of Schumann’s character pieces, and Wagner’s imaginative harmony.

If you missed the stream on our Facebook page, you can now watch the full recording online.


Pavlo Gintov has been described as “a poet of the keyboard” by Marty Lash of the Illinois Entertainer, and as a “musical storyteller” by the Japanese publication, Shikoku News. Following his debut at the Kyiv Philharmonic Hall at the age of 12, Mr. Gintov has been touring throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the United States, appearing on such stages as Carnegie Hall in New York, The Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Teatro Verdi Nationale in Milan, and Kioi Hall in Tokyo. He won First Prize in the Premiere Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, where in addition he was awarded four special prizes. Mr. Gintov holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Nina Svetlanova.

Mr. Gintov’s CD of piano works by Bortkiewicz has been praised as “the major release” by the Fanfare Magazine, and as a “true discovery” by Radio France Musique. CD on Amazon.

More about Pavlo Gintov: gintov.com

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MATI 2020/21 Season Preview: Pavlo Gintov plays Serhiy Bortkevych