Charleston Music Fest

Charleston Music Fest presents the finest classical and contemporary chamber music by world-class artists to Lowcountry audiences; develops new and younger audiences for chamber music; and provides educational activities which encourage, broaden and deepen appreciation of the chamber music art form.  

Kyiv Trio 

A year-round celebration of the finest classical chamber music performed by world-class artists


Charleston Music Fest will present Kyiv Trio

Kyiv Trio brings together three virtuosos from a similar background – violinist Nazar Pylatyuk, cellist Natalia Khoma and pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky. All three members were born in Ukraine and have achieved international recognition as competition winners. They each boast illustrious careers as soloists, recitalists, and chamber musicians, having graced prestigious stages alongside major orchestras and at premier chamber music series across the world. The Kyiv Trio is an extraordinary musical collaboration that promises to captivate and inspire.

The program is called Masterworks and will feature two incredible chamber music works:

L. van Beethoven Piano Trio Op. 1, No. 1 in E-flat major, and J. Brahms Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 40.

The concert will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, at 7:00 p.m., in an intimate setting at Ashley Hall at 172 Rutledge Ave, 29403.

Admission is free, with cash or check donations accepted at the door. 

This festival is an integral part of our Strings program at the College. Having world-renowned guest musicians perform and also mentor our students in master classes enhances our students' academic experience. It also helps us to attract and recruit the most talented students.

This concert is profoundly meaningful to us. The hall is not just a venue; it's the very birthplace of our festival. In 2006, during our performance titled "An Evening of Romance and Dance" (Lee-Chin Siow, violin; Natalia Khoma, cello and Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano), the foundation for Charleston Music Fest was laid. Those moments marked the beginning of something truly enchanting, and we hold those memories close to our hearts.

Nazar Pylatyuk, violinist is the First Prize winner at Yankelevych International Competition, Laureate of Karl Flesh and Mykola Lysenko International Competitions and a Gold medal holder, Nazar has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician throughout USA, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and Ukraine. Nazar Pylatyk is a Professor of the Academy of the Arts of Ukraine in Lviv and a soloist of Organ Hall in Kyiv.

(He is a Merited Artist of Ukraine - the state honorary title of decoration awarded by Ukraine for outstanding achievement in the performing Arts!)

Natalia Khoma, cellist, “…plays with masterful authority…magical and deeply touching…” (New York Concert Review), thrilling audiences around the world. Since winning First Prize at the Lysenko Cello Competition, while still a student in high school, Khoma has won top prizes at the Pablo Casals, Markneukirchen, Tchaikovsky International Competitions, as well as First Prize at the Jeunesses Musicales Belgrade International Cello Competition. Khoma is Professor of Cello at the College of Charleston.

(She is the only Ukrainian cellist to become a laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Competition!)

Volodymyr Vynnytsky, pianist, this brilliant chamber music performer has graced many of the great music halls of the world including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, the Theatre

Champs d'Elysees, and St. John’s Smith Square in London. Vynnytsky is Music Director of the Music and Art Center in New York and Director of Chamber Music at the College of Charleston.

(A laureate of the Margueritte Long-Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in Paris!)


Your gift to Charleston Music Fest is tax deductible and makes all this possible. There are many ways to donate, with benefits and privileges available to you in thanks for your generosity. Contact us by email to learn more.

We are grateful for our generous Donors:

The John M. Rivers, Jr. Foundation, Inc.

Bessent-Freeman Family Foundation

John M. Rivers, Jr.

Elizabeth C. Lewine

Andrea Ferguson

Valerie B. Morris

Had and Louise Talbot

Jay Messeroff

Henry J. Blackford, III

Douglas B. Lee

Aaron Lesher

John B. Daughtridge

Marian C. Greely


We look forward to another season of coming together to rejoice with wonderful music.

Graciously yours, 


Professor of CelloCollege of Charleston
Music Department, Cato Bldg. Room 202Director of Charleston Music Fest 



Your gift to Charleston Music Fest is tax deductible and supports excellence in the arts and education as well as student educational opportunities. There are many ways to donate, with benefits and privileges available to you in thanks for your generosity. Contact us by calling 517.980.1295 or by email to learn more.

Ways to give:

  • Mail a check made out to Charleston Music Fest to: Attn: Charleston Music Fest, Music Department, College of Charleston, 66 George St., Charleston, SC 29424
  • Credit Card: Make your gift here (Under "Designation" select "Other" and under "How Would You Like to Direct Your Donation" type "Charleston Music Fest - R466")



Charleston Music Fest presents "Great Romantics" featuring two monumental works: Smetana’s Piano trio in G minor, Op. 15 and Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E♭ Major, Op. 47.

Lee Chin Siow, Violin
Jan-Marie Joyce, Viola
Natalia Khoma, Cello
Volodymyr Vynnytsky, Piano


A fundraising concert of Beethoven works performed by faculty members Yuriy Bekker (violin), Natalia Khoma (cello) and Volodymyr Vynnytsky (piano). BEETHOVEN program: Variations in E Flat Major from Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte for cello & piano, as well as Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97, Archduke Trio.

Charleston Music Fest Artistic Director, Natalia Khoma, shares, "Ludwig van Beethoven is one of my favorites. And over the years, I've come to love his music more and more. In his music we can find all human feelings — joy, passion, sadness, melancholy, excitement and much more that cannot even be described in words. His music is pure, speaks directly to your heart and teaches you how to be better, kinder, more compassionate. It gives you hope and happiness and brings people together!"

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