Cellist Oleksander Mycyk

The pandemic brings a few bright shining moments of silver lining – and the SSO jumped on the opportunity to seize this silver lining. Cellist Oleksa Mycyk came home to Saskatoon to be with family when the pandemic started, and now he’s making his SSO solo debut!

Oleksander enjoys a multi-faceted career as a solo,  chamber, and orchestral performer and teacher. He is completing a Doctor of Musical  Arts degree at Northwestern University and is a Teaching Assistant to Professor Hans Jørgen Jensen.

He recently completed the Certificate in Performance Program at  Northwestern while a full-time member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and currently  performs as a substitute cellist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the  Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. Oleksander began his cello studies in Saskatoon  with Lahni Russell and performed with the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra and Saskatoon  Symphony Orchestra.

He completed a Bachelor of Music Performance degree at the  University of Toronto, and a Masters in Solo Performance at McGill University  studying with Matt Haimovitz. He has also performed in masterclasses around the  world for cellists such as Janos Starker, Lynn Harrell, Laurence Lesser and Aldo  Parisot.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Felix Galimir  Award for Excellence in Chamber Music, and the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Award.  A multiple laureate of solo and duo competitions, Oleksander has been a National  Finalist in the Canadian Music Festival and a top prizewinner in the Canadian Music  Competition. Recent performance highlights include the world premiere of Elizabeth  Ogonek’s chamber work Water Cantos, led by Esa-Pekka Salonen during the Chicago  Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW concert series as well as being featured as soloist  with the Canadian Chamber Choir on their US tour.

International appearances have  included performances with the Grammy nominated Uccello ensemble at the  International Cello Congress in Israel. Oleksander teaches applied cello at  Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL.

See Oleksa as part of our Visit to Vienna concert performance!

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