In September 2009 the Russian Classical Pianist, Sofya Gulyak, was awarded 1st prize in the Leeds Piano Competition and was the first woman in the history of the competition to be awarded this distinction. Since then she has performed world-wide and this evening will play:
Clara Schumann: Variations on Robert Schumann’s theme Op. 20
Brahms: 6 pieces OP.118 (dedicated to Clara Schumann)
Chopin: Variations brilliantes Op.12
Rachmaninoff: 5 pieces Op 3
Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Brilliante
Sofya Gulak is a native of Kasan in Russia, where she first studied in a special music college under Nailya Khakimova and then in Kasan State Conservatoire under Professor Elfiya Burnasheva. After that she continued her studies at the Piano Academy in Italy with Boris
Petrushansky and at the Royal College of Music in London with Vanessa Latarche. She is at present a professor of the piano at the Royal College
of Music. She has appeared all over the globe to great acclaim. Recitals and concerts have been numerous, with Sofya performing in all the major venues world-wide, appearing as soloist with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mark Elder and many others.
Her recital programmes are frequently reviewed in superlatives and herconcerto appearances with major orchestras are noted in glowing terms
by the world’s music press. She has been praised for her “tremendous precision and colouration…exquisite soft playing…with delicacy” Described as a “Rach Star” (Washington Post).