Pianist Yaroslav Senyshyn has received wide acclaim for his powerful technique, profound interpretations and his great and poetic expression across a wide repertoire.
Born in Canada of Ukrainian ancestry, Yaroslav Senyshyn studied primarily with Antonina Yaroshevich, who was herself a contemporary of Vladimir Horowitz at the Kiev Conservatory. Both Antonina Yaroshevich and Vladimir Horowitz were pupils of the legendary pedagogue Felix Blumenfeld, giving Mr. Senyshyn a direct exposure to this great tradition.
A Steinway Artist, Yaroslav Senyshyn commands a large solo and concerto repertoire ranging from the Classical to the Romantic, with a special interest in the works of living Canadian composers such as Larysa Kuzmenko, Reeves Medaglia-Miller, David Smith, Donald Cochrane & Catalin Ursu. He has recorded many of their compositions on the Albany Records label, as well as having performed the World Premieres of a number of their works.
In addition to his concert engagements, Yaroslav Senyshyn is Professor of Music and Moral Philosophy at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. In August 2019, critic Gary Lemco (Audiophile Audition) hosted a two-hour radio program entitled “A Tribute to Senyshyn’s Art” on his program “The Music Treasury” in affiliation with Stanford University. Most recently Mr. Senyshyn was featured in a program on Canadian pianists aired by Georgetown University Radio, which also featured fellow Canadian artists Glenn Gould, Angela Hewitt, Louis Lortie and Anton Kuerti.
Yaroslav Senyshyn has numerous recordings to his credit, with his latest disc Senyshyn Plays Chopin and Liszt Concertos (Albany Records – Troy 1777) featuring the Chopin Concerto No. 2 paired with the Liszt Concerto No. 2, performed with the Czech National Symphony under conductor Oliver von Dohnányi.
A prolific writer, Mr. Senyshyn is the author of “The Artist in Crisis: Kierkegaard’s Aesthetic Stage of Existence and Live Musical Performance.” He has also published numerous papers in prominent academic journals of the philosophy of music and education.