Ukranian-born Kostia Lukyniuk is an accomplished soloist and chamber musician with a multigenre approach to violin playing. He made his solo debut in 2009 with the Chernivtsi Philharmonic Orchestra after winning 1st Prize in the International Youth Music Competition. Since then, he has performed concerts and solo recitals throughout his home country of Ukraine and neighboring countries Romania, Russia, and Czech Republic. At the age of 18, after performing with the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, Kostia came to the United States to pursue his dream and study music.
Kostia maintains an active performing schedule, having played in cities throughout the world such as Paris, New York City, and Nashville. He was a semifinalist in the 2018 Seoul International Violin Competition and most recently received 2nd Prize and the Audience Prize at the 3rd Oleh Krysa International Violin Competition. Concurrently Kostia has been street performing, allowing him to experiment with all types of contemporary violin music. He finds that the variety of sounds that the violin produces are perfect for pop melodies and even jazz and rock solos. In 2020 Kostia joined the Zac Brown Tribute Band based in Rochester, NY.
A Myers Pickup featured artist, Kostia is currently studying at the Eastman School of Music under the instruction of Oleh Krysa.
The Korean-Canadian violinist, Martin Noh, was born in Korea and raised in Canada. He is a rising senior at the Eastman School Of Music studying under the tutelage of Professor Oleh Krysa. In the year 2015, aged 15, he won first place in the Kitchener Waterloo-Youth Orchestra Concerto competition, and in the same year was invited to perform Bruch’s violin concerto in G minor with the Kitchener-Waterloo community orchestra and the professional Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony orchestra. He has served as concertmaster of the Waterloo Collegiate High School Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Orchestra, and has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada where he has received an “Outstanding musician” award.
Martin has also won numerous top prizes in the Canadian National Competition. Additionally, he has performed in master classes for Cho-Liang Lin, Atis Bankas, Paivyt Meller, Jupiter and Ying String Quartets, among many others. He currently plays on an Andranik Gaybaryan violin.
Blake Kitayama is a chamber musician, orchestral cellist, and music educator who strives to foster an accessible musical dialogue. Blake made is solo debut with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in 2003. He is also a founding member of de Sterke Quartet who were national finalists in the 2018 MTNA Chamber Music Competition. Blake has performed concerts and recorded throughout the United States. He is currently a member of the Winston Salem Symphony and has previously recorded for Navano Records as well as held positions with the Jackson Symphony and Huntsville Symphony. He has also been heard on broadcasts such as APM’s Performance Today and WDAV.
As an educator, Blake had maintained a studio for over 8 years, as well as completed basic Suzuki training. He believes in a multifaceted approach that integrates technology into musical training.
He earned a Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University under the instruction of Felix Wang and his Master of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with Brooks Whitehouse.
Daniel Spink, violist, is an active performer, and collaborator with living composers. He has premiered and recorded new works for both solo viola and string quartet. He appears nationally and internationally as a solo, chamber, orchestral musician, and teacher with both violin and viola. Daniel regularly performs in outreach settings including past solo appearances with Central City Opera’s Inside the Orchestra chamber music performances for the Eastman School’s Music for All series, and the Rochester Early Music Festival for Coffee Connection. Daniel has been a member of CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra since 2019.
Daniel made his solo debut with orchestra at age 10 on violin. In 2016, Daniel was a finalist in the American Viola Society Festival’s National Solo Competition. A lover of cross genre improvisation, he teaches and regularly performs in improvised concerts. In 2016, Daniel was a finalist in the American Viola Society Festival’s National Solo Competition.
As a teacher, Daniel maintains a selective international studio of students across the US and overseas, including students In Europe, the UK, Japan, and Singapore. Daniel is currently faculty of violin, viola, and improvisation at the Kanack School of Music in Rochester NY. Mr. Spink received his Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music at the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Carol Rodland and Masumi Per Rostad and was professor Rostad’s teaching assistant.
Growing up in Colorado gave Daniel a lifelong love of sunshine and the outdoors. Away from the viola, he enjoys practicing mixed martial arts, swimming, cycling, and hiking and has performed as a jazz saxophonist at jazz clubs and venues in Denver. Daniel plays an unnamed Italian violin from the 1860’s on generous loan from the Eastman School of music, and viola made by Nicolas Augustin Chappuy in 1768.