BIO


français | deutsch | español | english


Hailed for her “magnificent singing line and an exquisite artistic sensibility”, Armenian-born pianist Sofya Melikyan is recognized as an artist with a unique voice, who combines “high-wire virtuosity” with “deep musical intuition and ability to connect with the audience” (Mundoclasico). To date, Ms. Melikyan toured throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia with performances at such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Belgrade Philharmonic Hall, Armenian Philharmonic Hall, Jordan Hall in Boston, Salle Cortot in Paris, among many others.

She appeared as a soloist with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra of Spain, Cordoba Symphony Orchestra, Valencia Symphony Orchestra, New Europe Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Andalucía, Spanish National Orchestra.

Ms. Melikyan's performances have been broadcast by the National Radio and Television of Spain, National Radio and Television of Armenia, National Radio of Catalonia, Melbourne ABC Classic FM Radio Station, Chicago WFMT Radio station, Mezzo French Television Station, New York WXQR Radio Station. She has also released two CDs featuring music of Haydn, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Albeniz, Dutilleux and Khachaturian.

Sofya Melikyan has been awarded First Prize and a Prize for outstanding Music Talent at the Marisa Montiel International Piano Competition in Linares, First Prize at the Ibiza International Piano Competition in Spain, First Prize for Music Interpretation awarded by “Amigos del Colegio de España” Association in Paris. She was also a winner of “Artists International” Competition in New York and received top and special prizes at the José Iturbi and Maria Canals International Competitions in Spain. As a member of New York based Sima Trio, she was a Gold Medal winner at the New England International Chamber Music Competition in Boston and 2nd Prize winner at J.C. Arriaga International Chamber Music Competition in Stamford, USA.

Recent performance highlights include recitals at Izumi Hall in Osaka, Japan, Bulgaria Concert Hall in Sofia, “Return” Festival in Yerevan, Armenia, Guangzhou Opera House in China, Juan March Foundation in Madrid, Spain (live broadcast on Spanish National Radio), Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago (live broadcast on WFMT radio station), as well as appearances at Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit, Schloss Wonfurt Musikfest in Germany and Joaquin Turina International Chamber Music Festival in Seville, Spain.

Sofya Melikyan completed her studies at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid with Joaquin Soriano (graduated with Honors), Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris with Ramzi Yassa and Manhattan School of Music in New York with Solomon Mikowsky. Other pianists who have mentored her are Brigitte Engerer and Galina Eguiazarova.


CONCERT REVIEWS


…maybe Sofya has developed her relationship with the piano in the hundreds of hours spent practicing and performing. Maybe she is one of a select few who come into life bearing a gift with which they are destined to grace the world. Or maybe it is the rare combination of both that makes Sofya an artist of astonishing depth... 

She doesn’t simply play an instrument and do it remarkably well. She tells stories. Sofya’s relationship with her instrument is fraught with meaning and complexity - she, lives through each piece as if it is a reminder, a longing, a moment in life...                      - Mariam Dilakian, Carnegie Hall  concert  review


..."Sofya's brilliant performance of Saint-Saëns 2nd piano concerto sounded like a CD recording thanks to neatness; careful phrasing and magnificent singing line, always keeping in it's fullness the whole dynamic range and the color of the sonority"...           - Diario de León


..."The Andantino of the Sonata Op.22 by Schumann was glorious. As well as coral with variations by Dutilleux incredibly powerful and captivating. The performance of  "el Amor e la Muerte" by Granados was absolutely moving"...  -Tritacora


..."Melikyan dazzled the audience in Madrid with her virtuosity in the Heroic Ballade by Babadjanian"...      -ABC Madrid


…”Melikyan projects a clear and focused tone and displays an unobtrusive technique.  Her playing displays certain finesse and clarity, as well as a pleasingly sensitive articulation…her reading of Schumann's Abegg showed fluidity and elegance and she conquered the high-wire virtuosity of the E minor Moment musical with deftness. A highly promising pianist who has already attained a respectable level of accomplishment”… - Sahan Arzruni


…“Melikyan began her recital with R. Schumann's the "Abegg" Variations Op.1 and Fantasiestucke Op.12. These picturesque pieces depend upon performer's interpretation in order to manifest themselves clearly. Listening to Melikyan, we in the audience became observers: the beautiful landscapes with the light of spring and fragrant blossoms. Then the images changed to frightful dreams, dramatically alive. Her masterful performance revealed the full nature of Schumann's music with its contrasting emotional states”…

...”In vivid and expressive Chopin mazurkas she created an atmosphere that was playful, light, and touching. This she followed by Chopin Sonata No.2 in B-Flat Minor, well known for its Funeral March, and, as a finale she played the sharp, bright, full of life Rachmaninoff "Musical Moment"…

- Gennady Mesh, Chicago concert review


…”the ambitious program was presented with strength and musicality by Sofya Melikyan. In the powerful Dutilleux sonata she achieved a magnificent sound as well as deepness of expression in the b-minor Musical Moment by Rachmaninoff and in the e-minor she overcame the left hand difficulties creating an outstanding version”...                - el Norte de Castilla