Professor of Piano | Royal College of Music, London



In 2009, Sofya was awarded first prize and the Princess Mary Gold Medal at the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition; she was the first woman to achieve this in the history of the competition. Sofya has performed in many of the world’s concert halls including Sala Verdi (Milan), Salle Cortot, Salle Gaveau and Salle Pleyel (Paris), Moscow Conservatoire, Berlin Konzerthaus, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Sala Bossi (Bologna), Finlandia Hall (Helsinki), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Salle Moliere (Lyon), Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles), King Theatre (Rabat), Kursaal (Bern) and Tivoli Concert Hall (Copenhagen). As a soloist Sofya has performed with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Rio de Janeiro Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, Bucharest Philharmonic, Oulu Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Morocco Orchestra, Copenhagen Symphony, Orchestre National de France and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Participation in festivals includes the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Chopin Festival Duszniki Zdrój, Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux, International Keyboard Institute & Festival (New York), Liszt Festival Villa d’Este (Italy), Nordlys festival (Norway), Ravello Festival and Sorrento Music Festival. Future highlights include appearances with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rome Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra and recitals in the Kennedy Center in Washington, Hercules – Saal in Munich, the Harrogate International Festival, Busoni Festival, and International Royal Cracow Piano Festival. Sofya Gulyak’s recording of Russian piano music was released on Champs Hill Records in 2013 and received a 5 star review in Diapason magazine. Her CD recording featuring the music of Brahms was released on Piano Classics in 2015; ‘the Young Argerich!’ (American Record Guide). Sofya’s CD recording Chaconne was released in 2017 on Champs Hill records; ‘A musician of exceptional depth and profundity, and a pianist with seemingly unlimited technical resources…’ (Fanfare Magazine). Sofya Gulyak has served as a jury member on various international competition panels, and was invited to teach master classes in China, Italy, Austria, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Mexico, USA, Canada and Germany. She is Artistic Director of the Roberta Gallinari International Piano competition in Italy. She is also a professor of piano at the Royal College of Music in London, and she was a guest professor at the Monteverdi Conservatory in Bolzano (2016-2018). Her playing has been broadcast on radio and TV in Russia, Poland, France, Italy, Germany, USA, Finland, Denmark, Serbia, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, United Kingdom (BBC3 and BBC4) and other countries.