Sviatoslav Soulima Stravinsky (Slavic transliteration: Światosław Sulima Igorewicz Strawiński) (23 September 1910 – 28 November 1994) was a Swiss-American pianist, composer and musicologist of Russian, Polish and Ukrainian descent. As a pianist, he was considered an important interpreter of the works of his father, Igor Stravinsky, but as a composer he was overshadowed by his father.
Soulima Stravinsky was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1910, the son of Igor Stravinsky and Kateryna Nossenko, and the grandson of Fyodor Stravinsky. He studied piano with Isidor Philipp as well as theory and composition with Nadia Boulanger. He appeared in Paris in 1934 playing his father's Concerto for Piano and Winds, Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra and the Concerto for Two Pianos. He recorded these works with his father in 1938.
He played in London at the 1937 season of the Proms.
Igor Stravinsky moved to the United States in 1939, but Soulima joined the French army and remained in Europe for nine more years. He moved to the USA in 1948, making his American debut that year at the Red Rocks Festival in Colorado and his New York debut with the CBS Symphony Orchestra.
In 1950, Soulima Stravinsky was appointed to the piano faculty of the School of Music of the University of Illinois, where he remained until 1978. He continued his concerto solo career and began distinguishing himself as a composer, transcriber and editor. In addition to his many musical compositions, he wrote books on orchestration and the orchestra. His book on orchestration contains an excellent section on brass instruments including many unusual instruments.
In 1974, Stravinsky was awarded the "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" by the French Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
He died in Sarasota, Florida in 1994, survived by his wife Francoise, his son John, and his sister Milene Marion.
About nine months after his death, his widow Francoise found a previously unknown work amongst Soulima's papers - a Lamento for cello and piano. It was in incomplete form, but it was edited and performed for the first time before Francoise herself died.
- Etudes Pittoresques (20), for piano
- The Art of Scales (24 Preludes), for piano
- 6 Sonatinas for Young Pianists, for piano (or harpsichord)
- Piano Suite for the Right Hand
- Music Alphabet, for piano
- Piano Music for Children, Volume 1 (19 pieces)
- Suite for Viola Solo (1975)
- Sonata for Cello and Piano (1990)
- Lamento, cello and piano (posth.)
- Three string quartets (recorded on CD, label Polymnie)
- Cadenzas (18) and fermatas (4) to Mozart's piano concerti:
- No. 6 in B flat, K. 238
- No. 8 in C, K. 246
- Double Concerto in E flat, K. 365
- No. 11 in F, K. 413
- No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
- No. 21 in C, K. 467 Elvira Madigan
- No. 22 in E flat, K. 482
- No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
- No. 25 in C, K. 503, and
- No. 26 in D, K. 537 Coronation.
The Birmingham News - al.com
The Birmingham News - al.com
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 04:48:52 -0800
In 1976, Igor Stravinsky's son, Soulima Stravinsky, came to stay with the Howards and taught them his father's "Rite of Spring" orchestral concert. "We worked the piece with him," Sam said of Soulima. "We adored him." That year, the Howards became the ...
Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:22:30 -0800
Sam Howard, originally of Fairfield, Ala., became a concert pianist who played in the great concert halls of Europe and at Carnegie Hall in New York. He married Miss Alabama 1961 Delores Hodgens Howard, who died Oct. 24, 2014. She was 77.
The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:32:44 -0700
I first heard it as far back as 1957 at the Boston Arts Festival, when Robert Craft conducted it on Boston Common, with Soulima Stravinsky as the soloist. Soulima played the Capriccio very often with his father conducting. I knew it from playing in ...
Los Angeles Times
Sat, 02 Apr 2011 13:47:02 -0700
A 1938 recording by Igor and Soulima Stravinsky of the Concerto, clumsily played, makes this sound like contrived music meant to rock no boats. The Labèques turned up the juice Friday and rocked 'n' rolled. This was stylish, sparkling playing, full of ...
Tue, 08 May 2012 14:46:31 -0700
... living, and he made a lot of it over the course of his fruitful career. At age 20, Roman fled to Paris where he made friends with other artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Igor Stravinsky. Roman ultimately recorded with Igor and his son, Soulima ...
Wed, 13 Jan 2010 14:48:15 -0800
Their composition was “E” for Etude from the Musical Alphabet, Vol.1 of Soulima Stravinsky. Andrea is the daughter of Julie and Bob Hill and attends Briarwood Academy in the sixth grade. Cecilia is the daughter of Selena and Ed Walker and is in the ...
Thu, 18 Jul 2013 23:51:25 -0700
... promettente quartetto d'archi che si esibirà su musiche che spaziano tra il Nuovo e il Vecchio Continente dalle composizioni del danese Carl Nielsen e dell'elveticoamericano Sviatoslav Soulima Stravinsky (il figlio di Igor), al più celebre dei ...
La Nueva España
Fri, 08 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0800
... Alfonso Palacio, que entre los compradores de su obra, además de su marchante, Alexandre Iolas, figuran nombres como los de Pablo Picasso, André Breton, Georges Salles, Nadia Boulanger, Nelson Rockefeller y Soulima Stravinsky, entre otros muchos.
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