Diana Chubak is a Ukrainian pianist and educator who has gained significant recognition for her passion for teaching and performing. She currently serves as a Graduate Assistant in the Secondary Piano and Pedagogy Department at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where she instructs undergraduate and graduate students in group piano and applied piano settings. Diana is pursuing her D.M.A. in Piano Performance and a cognate in Piano Pedagogy from the same institution where she is studying under the guidance of Prof. Awadagin Pratt and Prof. Michael Chertock. Prior to this, she earned her M.M. in Piano Performance from the same institution, studying with Dr. Dror Biran, and her B.M. in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the Lviv National Academy of Music under the tutelage of Prof. Oksana Rapita. Diana also holds an A.M. in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from the Ternopil Solomiya Krushelnytska Music College, where she studied with Prof. Lesya Korniy. She has received instruction from several renowned pianists throughout Europe and the United States, including Andrzej Yasinskyi, Martin Lysholm Jepsen, Matti Raekallio, Lily Dorfman, Philippe Giusiano, Kevin Kenner, Daniel Shapiro, Dror Biran, Jon Nakamatsu, Alexander Korsantia, Alexandr Kobrin, and Boris Slutsky.
Diana has performed as a soloist in seven countries and has played concerti with prestigious orchestras such as the National Presidential Orchestra of Ukraine, Academia Dell’Arco Chamber Orchestra in Poland, Kyiv Symphony Orchestra, Lviv Festival Orchestra, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Philharmonia. She has won many international competitions, including first place in the Cincinnati College-Conservatory Concerto Competition, the Golden Parnassus Award from the XII International Piano Forum “Bieszczady without Borders,” and second prizes in the 2016 Myroslav Skoryk Competition, the VIII International Siegfried-Weishaupt-Klavierwettbewerb Competition, and the Tuesday Musical Scholarship Competition.
Diana’s work has also been recognized with several financial considerations. She has been a recipient of the Vere Music Fund Grant since 2017, which has supported her financially to attend music festivals and competitions, organize concerts, and collaborate with orchestras. Diana received a scholarship from the Richard Wagner Society for participation at the 2019 Bayreuth Festival and was awarded the Graduate Incentive Full Scholarship by the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
As a pianist, Diana has worked as a Graduate Assistant in Instrumental Accompanying at the College-Conservatory of Music, collaborating with most of the orchestra instruments and playing about 50 recitals within two years. She has also worked as an Accompanist in the Preparatory Department, Musical Theatre and Opera Department, and Choral and Orchestra Conducting Department at the College-Conservatory of Music and Lviv National Music Academy, respectively. Diana has participated in festivals, summer academies, and conferences, including the Art of the Piano Festival in Cincinnati, OH, Chautauqua Music Institution in Chautauqua, NY, the International Summer Academy of Music in Ochsenhausen, Germany, and MTNA National Conference. She was also a member of the International Piano Forum “Bieszczady without borders” in Sanok, Poland and a guest artist at the Gradus International Piano Festival in Aarhus, Denmark.
Apart from her performing and teaching careers, Diana is the founder of the charity music series “Music for Ukraine” in Cincinnati, Ohio. The concerts raise awareness and funds for disaster assistance for Ukrainians affected by the war and showcase music from Ukrainian composers. By performing this music, the project aims to keep the culture alive and raise awareness among Americans.