UNH Professor Delivers Music from the Heart

Zack Rosen

It truly is music from the heart, as fans say that this album is quickly becoming a favorite.

“The warm and colorful light tones of the vocalist, mixed with the pianist’s depth of emotion and feeling in these selections, is a treat to the ears,” says one fan online. Highly recommending it with 5 stars, this fan has just one request: “hope to hear more from this duo!”

Its “beautiful,” says online fan Meg. It is “an amazingly complex, beautiful compilation. I laughed with joy at the end and even my four year old said ‘play it again!’ I highly recommend this CD.”

UNH music lecturer and pianist Victor Markiw, along with soprano Jennifer Litwin, have had a reputation for ambitious and brilliant concert programming ever since the formation of the Litwin-Markiw Duo in 1997. A sophisticated act, this musical duo features amazing selections in 6 different languages by Schubert, Obradors, Debussy, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Copland, and Bernstein.

Dr. Markiw teaches various music courses at the University of New Haven, ranging from elementary music theory to the analysis and history of European art music. He received his D.M.A. at the University of Connecticut, his M.F.A. at the State University of New York at Purchase, and his B.M. at Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford.

Simply “Vic,” as his students call him, Dr. Markiw began learning piano at the ripe age of 8 and was giving his first public recital just a year later.

Today, he is a sought-after recitalist and chamber musician who extensively performs throughout the United States and abroad. 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. Additionally, Vic has performed on Voice of America and appeared on television.

A modest philanthropist, Dr. Markiw performed for the Children of Chernobyl Relief Fund Benefit Concert and the Victims of the Tsunami fundraiser. He has performed for Connecticut Hospice and assisted-living facilities throughout the northeast, and has served as resident pianist for the music therapy program at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT.

A member of the American Musicological Society, College Music Society, and the Music Teachers National Association/Connecticut Music Teachers Association, Vic has more than a seasoned background in music education. Along with Oberlin Conservatory of Music graduate Jennifer Litwin, the Litwin-Markiw Duo is a highly talented team of musicians.

Be sure to order a copy of the CD today; it can be purchased online at CDBaby (see www.ChargerBulletin.com/litwinmarkiw/), or for $5 to students at the University of New Haven.