Mykola Suk, associate professor of music, received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from Moscow State Conservatory, having studied with Lev Vlasenko. He also holds a combined Bachelor and Master of Music Degree in piano performance, pedagogy, and chamber music from the Moscow State Conservatory. Before coming to the United States he served as professor of piano at the Kiev State Conservatory and Moscow State Conservatory.
Suk has given master classes at many festivals and music schools around the world. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member at various music schools such as the New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music (NY), Columbia University (NY).
American Record Guide describes Ukrainian-American pianist Suk as, “An astonishing blend of muscular power, poetry and utter control - he will prove to be one of the more formidable talents to have appeared in this country in years.”
Suk gained international recognition as the winner of the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 1971 International Liszt-Bartok Competition in Budapest, Hungary. His international career has spanned four continents, with performances in the most prestigious venues from the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory to Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Toronto Starcomments on his "…enormous digital control…such an impressive technique was so completely subsumed in the task of musical characterization. Suk never used the piano to show off; he made it the servant of Liszt’s expressive ideas."