Beautiful live music sparks joy in our hearts. But to touch the most secret strings of the human soul, to cause excitement and delight, to awaken the deepest emotions, one must have a perfect command of the language of music. The French writer Roger Martin du Gard once said, “Without effort, talent is a firework: it blindfolds for a moment, and then nothing remains.”
A well-known accordion virtuoso and Laureate of international contests, composer Ihor Fert personifies these words with his life and work. He has come a long and arduous way from a young concert performer to the honored artist of Ukraine that he has become. Ihor graduated from Lviv National Music Academy, named after M. Lysenko majoring in Folk Instruments, and Ethnomusicology. His meteoric music career began with active participation in various music events, first at the national and later at the international level. With each new contest or festival, he won awards and recognition among audiences worldwide.
Among Ihor Fert’s many musical victories, one can single out the first-degree award of the Laureate at the Festival of Arts in Bulgaria (1998), the first-degree diploma in the nomination Best Instrumental Music at the Open International Festival-Competition in Yekaterinburg, Russia (2003), honorary Diploma of the Government of Ukraine For Merits to the people of Ukraine, and the first degree diploma at the International Contest of Composers in Gusado-Brescia, Italy (2010).
Superior talent combined with professionalism is what the listener hears from the first notes. The multi-instrumentalist’s repertoire is vast – it includes folk and classical compositions, romances, retro music, jazz processing, melodies from movies, among others. Each performance feels as frank and familiar as a conversation with a close friend.
Fert receives a number of invitations to perform as a solo concert or accompanied by a symphony orchestra. He has more admirers of his talent than one can count; not only in his home country, but also far beyond it. Audiences receive meet Ihor’s rich musical program with delight at some of the largest and highly acclaimed venues in Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, Italy, Germany, the USA and other countries. His solo concerts in Miami and Chicago (USA) are among his recent successes.
The musician has shared the stage with such eminent performers as Vladimir Spivakov (People’s Artist of the USSR, the violin virtuoso and chief conductor of the National Philharmonic of Russia), Denis Matsuev (People’s Artist of Russia, pianist), Lydia Velichko (Honored Artist of Ukraine), and Marina Samoilova (Honored Artist of Russia).
Famous Ukrainian, Russian, Kazakh and other publications such as Moskovsky Komsomolets, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Fires Alatau praised the performer, his creativity and successful career. In 2011, Ihor Fert was awarded the esteemed title, Honored Artist of Ukraine.
Ihor Fert is an active public advocate for music. In 2006, he became deputy head of the Lviv department of the National All-Ukrainian Music Union. This Union organizes and conducts various music contests and events to scout talented young people and foster their abilities. This work enables Fert to share his knowledge and skills with the younger generation of musicians.
Ihor Fert also expresses his passion for music and musicians outside of the concert hall. The House-Museum named for Fert in Lviv hosts a rich collection of ancient musical instruments from around the world.
Prizes, awards and the praise of worldwide audiences have never overshadowed the musician’s desire to feel empathy for people, notice their pain, and take every opportunity to help them. A special place in Ihor Fert’s life belongs to charity, to which he devotes much time and energy. Fert often takes part in charity concerts in support of sick children, gives master classes to students of different music schools and provides financial support and sponsorship to hopeful learners. Appreciation for his work is shown in a number of letters of gratitude received from the managers of funds, hospitals and schools throughout Ukraine and Russia.
Today, Ihor Fert remains a welcome guest at the most prominent national and international events of live instrumental music, with audiences ever anticipating his new programs and projects.