A pianist is hosting a series of free concerts across the UK to raise much needed funds for his home country Ukraine, including one in Totnes on Tuesday.
Ivan Hovorun, 38, was born in Kaniv, a rural town a few hours from Kyiv, but grew up in Lviv, near the Polish border.
His hometown of Lviv, where he spent years studying music, is now a base for refugees displaced by the February 24, 2022 Russian invasion.
Ivan learned to play the piano at the age of five from his mother, who was herself a talented professional musician.
He studied at the Krushelnytska Music High School, first performing in public at the age of nine.
At 11, he performed for the first time with a full orchestra. Since then he has been invited to perform annually with the Lvov Symphony Orchestra.
After the headmaster of the Royal Northern College of Music saw him perform, he was invited to study at the Manchester school in 2004.
He completed a bachelor’s, post-graduate and master’s degree in Manchester.
Now he owns a studio for teaching music and he organizes concerts across the country and has performed with major Eastern and Western orchestras as diverse as the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine and the Manchester Camerata.
Although he has resided in Manchester for many years, he remains in constant contact with his classmates still in Ukraine.
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The Friends of St. Mary’s Church are hosting a Hovorun concert in the historic downtown hall on Tuesday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Chairman Tony Gregg said: “His tally of solo recitals is truly impressive, encompassing a diverse collection of venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and Chetham’s School of Music and a host of English cathedrals, including Lincoln, Blackburn, Chichester, Ripon and Southwell Minster.
“Ivan is the winner of numerous awards and scholarships, including the Farbotony National Piano Competition in Ukraine, the Myra Hess Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Yamaha UK Scholarship.
“He is building a reputation as one of the most insightful and intelligent musicians of our time and this is an opportunity not to be missed.
“Its delicious program will include works by Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Schumann.”
The concert will take place at St. Mary’s Church in Totnes on Tuesday 31st May at 7.30pm.
Tickets are available at www.ttm.churchsuite.com/events/lvuqkzwt or at the door.
Tony added: “Part of the proceeds will go to the Ukraine Fund, and we hope that as many people as possible will come out and support.