Oleksandra Ivakhiv was born in Líviv, Ukraine, and began her musical instruction at age 6 with the piano.

Ms. Ivakhiv received her Masterís and Bachelorís Degrees from the Lysenko Conservatory in Líviv, Ukraine.   Upon graduation, Ms. Ivakhiv worked as a piano and choir professor at the Kolessa Music College in Líviv.   Her students are winners of National Competitions in Ukraine and around the world.

Among her students was her daughter Solomiya, who is a Curtis Institute of Music graduate with a major in Violin Performance, and who regularly collaborates with the Philadelphia Orchestra and other major orchestras.

Ms. Ivakhiv arrived in Philadelphia in 1997, and since then has been actively involved in the musical community.   Ms. Ivakhiv regularly accompanies violin, voice and other instruments, and coaches musicians in preparing for performances and competitions.   She also enjoys conducting and accompanying the Ukrainian National Choir of Philadelphia.   She recently began teaching piano at the Settlement Music School and continues to teach at the Ukrainian Music Institute of America.

Ms. Ivakhiv joined the Main Line Music Academy in 2005.

Ms. Ivakhiv believes that every child has musical abilities which can be brought out with the right approach.   She feels students benefit from an early introduction to music theory and so incorporates theory into her musical instruction.