Victor Markiw, D.M.A.

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Distinguished Lecturer

Music Department
College of Arts and Sciences

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

About Victor

Victor Markiw was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and earned his Bachelor of Music, Master of Fine Arts, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Hartt School of Music, SUNY Purchase, and the University of Connecticut, respectively. He has studied under a number of internationally-renowned pianists including Paul Rutman, Peter Pertis, Luiz de Moura Castro, Paul Ostrovsky, Volodymyr Vynnytsky, Vladimir Feltsman, and Neal Larrabee. Dr. Markiw’s teaching career includes the University of Connecticut, Ivan Franko National University in Lviv, Ukraine, the Lysenko Music Academy in Lviv, Ukraine and the University of New Haven, where he is a current faculty member. In 2010, Dr. Markiw published "The Life and Solo Piano Works of the Ukrainian Composer Myroslav Skoyk" (Edwin Mellen Press).

Having performed throughout the United States and abroad, Dr. Markiw continues to be a sought-after recitalist and chamber musician and has collaborated with soprano Jennifer Litwin to produce the 2010 CD, The Litwin-Markiw Duo. In 2013, Dr. Markiw released a solo CD project to critical acclaim featuring works by Skoryk, Villa-lobos and Mompou. Dr. Markiw is currently teaching, performing and researching as a US Fulbright Scholar in Lviv, Ukraine.

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Professional Affiliations/Memberships

College Music Society

Music Teachers National Association/Connecticut Music Teachers Association

Shevchenko Scientific Society

New England Conference of Music Theorists

Select Publications


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, 2010

Solo piano recording: Victor Markiw, Piano. Works by Skoryk, Mompou and Villa-lobos CDBABY, 2013

Contributing Editor

Concert reviews published in The Ukrainian Weekly and the University of New Haven Charger Bulletin:

  • CD Review: Natalya Shkoda, piano Kosenko Eleven Etudes in the Form of Old Dances Op. 18 Ukrainian Weekly September, 2007
  • Concert Review: Vienna Piano Trio, October 7, 2007
  • Concert Review: MA’ ALOT Wind Quintet, November 17, 2007
  • Concert Review: Music of Valentyn Silvestrov, December 8, 2007
  • Concert Review: Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv, March 21, 2009
  • CD Review: Natalya Shkoda, piano Kosenko Complete Piano Sonatas Ukrainian Weekly February, 2012
  • Concert Review: Terrence Fay (voice & trombone, and José García-León, piano) Charger Bulletin, March 21, 2012
  • Concert Review: José García-León, piano Music by Beethoven, Brahms and Mussorgsky Charger Bulletin, April 25, 2012
  • Concert Opera Review: Virko Baley’s opera "Holodomor. Red Earth. Hunger" (New York City Premiere) Ukrainian Weekly March 3, 2013

Hartford Woman’s Music Club Grant for research on Ukrainian composer Myroslav Skoryk

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

US Fulbright Scholar Grant in teaching performance and research at Ivan Franko University and Lysenko Academy of Music Lviv, Ukraine (2013-15 academic years)


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


Jurist for Bridgeport Symphony Concerto Competition – Bridgeport, Connecticut, 2002

Jurist for Ukrainian National Concourse for Young Instrumentalists, Dance and Choreography – Simferopol, Ukraine, February 8-10, 2014

Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures 

College Music Society Regional Conference, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania -- Poster presentation: "Myroslav Skoryk: Life and Solo Piano Works," March 3-5, 2008

Shevchenko Scientific Society, New York City, lecture and performance: "Quotation and Cross-Reference in Myroslav Skoryk’s Partita No. 5," November 1, 2008

Presentations on 20th Century Music: Ashlar Village, Hamden, Connecticut, July 2009

Participant: First Year Experience Conference, Denver, Colorado, February 13-16, 2010

Presentation on First Year Retention, University of New Haven College of Arts and Sciences adjunct faculty dinner, February 24, 2010

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

Lectures on American Popular Music: Crimean University of Culture, Arts and Tourism Simferopol, Ukraine, February 7-13, 2014

Lectured at Lviv State University of Life Safety: "Precursors to Rock and Roll" Lviv, Ukraine, March 31, 2014

Presentation at II International Symposium "Modern Language & Literature: Current Trends In American and British Studies. Celebrating Diversity" - The Department of Foreign Languages and Applied Linguistics of the National Aviation University Kyiv, Ukraine, April 9-11, 2014

Study Abroad Teaching Experience

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

Selected to teach music for semester study abroad at the University of New Haven International Campus in Prato, Italy, Spring Semester 2013

Courses Taught
  • MUSC 1111 Introduction to Music
  • MUSC 1117 Piano Instruction
  • MUSC 1125 Elementary Music Theory
  • MUSC 1126 Elementary Music Theory Lab (Aural Skills)
  • MUSC 2240 Music Theory I
  • MUSC 2242 Music Theory II
  • MUSC 3375 Musicianship I (Aural Skills)
  • MUSC 3352 Analysis and History of European Art Music II
  • MUSC 2211 History of Rock & Roll
  • MUSC 4501 History of Italian Opera
  • MUSC 4599 Independent Studies in Music
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