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Markiw, Victor (full)
Arts & Sciences
Dodds Hall

    Dr. Victor Markiw began piano lessons at age eight and one year later was giving his first public recital, performing pieces by Bach, Chopin, and Mozart. Shortly thereafter, he performed Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D Major with the Southern Connecticut Pops Orchestra. From ages ten through nineteen, however, Dr. Markiw had a change of heart and would soon leave the world of music to focus on athletics at Amity High School in Woodbridge, Connecticut, where he excelled in football and baseball.  

    Upon graduating from high school, Dr. Markiw realized how important music was to his life and returned to his first love, studying with Luiz Castro, Peter Pertis, and Paul Rutman at the Hartt School. Following Hartt, he went on to earn an MFA degree from SUNY Purchase as a Eugene and Emily Grant Scholarship recipient. While at Purchase, he studied piano and chamber music with internationally-renowned pianists Vladimir Feltsman, Volodymyr Vynnytsky, and Paul Ostrovsky. In 2007, Dr. Markiw earned his DMA degree in music from the University of Connecticut where he studied under Neal Larrabee. 

    Dr. Markiw has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad and is a sought-after recitalist and chamber musician who frequently performs and lectures at national venues. Dr. Markiw premiered Ralph Carrioulo’s Piano Sonata No. 1 and has performed with the Hartt School of Music’s Wind Symphony and the Hartt Contemporary Players, with whom he premiered works by modern composers Anthony Davis, David Amram, George Pearle, David MacBride, and Robert Carl; Dr. Markiw has also collaborated with Orchestra New England as well as Connecticut community orchestras, premiered works by the internationally-acclaimed composer Myroslav Skoryk, and has performed on Voice of America and appeared on television.  

    Dr. Markiw, a frequent participant in charitable events, performed for the Children of Chernobyl Relief Fund Benefit Concert and the Victims of the Tsunami fundraiser; in addition, he performed for Connecticut Hospice and assisted-living communities in the New England region as well as serving as resident pianist for the music therapy program at Griffin Hospital, Derby, Connecticut. 

    As well as his present faculty position and artistic directorship for the “Concerts for All Ages” series at the University of New Haven, Dr. Markiw has taught at the University of Connecticut and continues an active schedule as a private piano instructor.

    Professional Affiliations/Memberships:

    American Musicological Society

    College Music Society

    Music Teachers National Association/Connecticut Music Teachers Association

    Research Interests

    Visual Culture in Displacement
    Ph.D. Thesis - The Translation of Fragments: A dialogue between Photography and Displacement in the Practice of Latin American emigrant artists.

    Professional Affiliations/Memberships

    College Music Society

    Music Teachers National Association/Connecticut Music Teachers Association

    Shevchenko Scientific Society

    New England Conference of Music Theorists



    D.M.A., University of Connecticut
    M.F.A., State University of New York at Purchase
    B.M., Hartt School of Music 

    Published Books and Articles


    The Life and Solo Piano Works of the Ukrainian Composer Myroslav Skoryk. Published by Edwin Mellen Press, 2010

    CD Recordings:

    Litwin-Markiw Duo. Works by Bernstein, Copland, Debussy, Liszt, Obradors, Rachmaninoff and Schubert. CDBABY, 2009

    Solo piano recording: Victor Markiw, Piano. Works by Liszt, Skoryk and Villa-lobos – forthcoming July 2012

    Cover artist:

    Liturgical Mass by composer Maxim Berezovsky

    Contributing editor:

    Numerous concert reviews published in The Ukrainian Weekly and the Charger Bulletin


    Research Grant from Hartford Woman’s Music Club for research in Ukraine on Myroslav Skoryk

    Shevchenko Scientific Society Grant for solo CD recording including works of Myroslav Skoryk


    University of New Haven Experiential Education Award, May 1, 2012

    Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures

    College Music Society Regional Conference, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA - Poster presentation on “Myroslav Skoryk: Life and Solo Piano Works,” March 3-5, 2008

    · Shevchenko Scientific Society, New York City – Lecture and performance titled “Quotation and Cross-Reference in Myroslav Skoryk’s Partita No. 5,” November 1, 2008

    Invited by Ashlar Village, Hamden CT to present four lectures on 20th Century Music, July 2009

    Selected to participate in First Year Experience Conference, Denver, CO, February 13-16, 2010

    Selected to present at University of New Haven College of Arts & Sciences adjunct faculty dinner on First Year Retention, February 24, 2010

    Selected to present solo piano performance at the College Music Society South Central Regional Conference at The University of Texas-San Antonio, Texas March 11-13, 2010

    Study Abroad Teaching Experience

    Selected to teach music and criminal justice majors for semester study abroad in Seville, Spain, Fall Semester, 2011