BIO


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Hailed for “an exquisite artistic sensibility” (Mundoclasico), Armenian-born pianist Sofya Melikyan toured throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Cuba, China, Japan and Australia with performances at such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Palace of Festivals in Santander, Monumental Theatre in Madrid, Belgrade Philharmonic Hall, Armenian Philharmonic Hall, Jordan Hall in Boston, Izumi Hall in Osaka, Salle Cortot in Paris, Historisches Kaufhaus in Freiburg, 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 Youth Orchestra.

Winner of numerous international piano competitions, 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. 

Recent performance highlights include recitals at the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, American Liszt Society in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Guangzhou Opera House in China, Bulgaria Concert Hall in Sofia, Santiago de Compostela Auditorium in Spain, "Chopin+" Festival in Luxembourg, Spanish tour with Master Symphony Orchestra, as well as debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba in Havana, North Shore Symphony Orchestra in Chicago and Vancouver Symphony in USA. 

Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Sofya Melikyan began her musical formation at the Tchaikovsky Special School of Yerevan with Anahit Shajbazyan. She completed her further training at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid with Joaquin Soriano (graduated with Honors), Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris with Ramzi Yassa (graduated with Honors) and Manhattan School of Music in New York with Solomon Mikowsky. Other pianists who have mentored her are Brigitte Engerer and Galina Eguiazarova. 

Aside from her extensive career as a soloist, Sofya Melikyan is also a passionate and highly sought-after chamber musician. She has collaborated with such artists as Amaury Coeytaux, Gary Hoffman, Torleif Thedeen, Tanja Becker -Bender, Silvia Simionescu, Lise Berthaud, Kim Kashkashian, Karen Ouzounian, Philippe Graffin among others. As a member of former New York based Sima Trio, Melikyan was a Gold Medal winner at the New England International Chamber Music Competition in Boston. 

Sofya has just released her two new CDs: "Women" with works by contemporary female composers on IBS Classical, as well as “Spanish Piano Music” on Etcetera Records. Both CDs have received  enthusiastic responses from experts and critics.

Some highlights of her upcoming concert schedule include performances with Sinfonia Toronto, Radio and Television Orchestra of Spain, as well recitals at Muziekcentrum in Gent and Flagey in Brussels.



REVIEWS

"Sofya Melikyan breathes the “lyricism" of Granados, she bends and unfolds her keyboard in the intricate arabesques that play with musical time...the depth of the harmony, the roundness of the timbres and the momentum of the accents, the profuse and intense colors, which from a moment to the other become watercolor - listen to her Nightingale!.. The Variations on a theme of Chopin are played with extreme sensitivity, delicacy, and intelligence that do justice to the modest genius, to the fragile poetry of Federico Mompou”. ‘Spanish Piano Music’, Jean-Charles Hoffelé, Discophila, October 2018


"In one all-female program, Armenian pianist Sofya Melikyan proves an inspired and highly sensitive performer. She always subordinates technical aspects to the rhetoric.” Remy Franck, 4* Pizzicato, July 2018


"The touch of Sofya Melikyan is soft, sensitive, almost floating but also always nuanced and precise”Spanish Piano Music’, “Recommendation of the Week” by Klassik Heute, September 2018


"This is an extraordinary, for me perhaps the best of all previous recording of the Goyescas. Sofya Melikyan understands how to play the six extremely demanding pieces in a natural flow and phrases with lyrically wide breath, knows about the spontaneous joy of life, intimacy, romantic longing…but also the pianistic roots of Liszt and Chopin despite the unmistakable atmosphere achieved by Spanish songs and dances. This suite demands a highly differentiated, masterful touch culture which Melikyan masters perfectly”. ‘Spanish Piano Music’, Ingobert Waltenberger, Online Merker, July 2018


“The Goyescas by Granados are performed with brilliant elegance by the Armenian pianist Sofya Melikyan”.‘Spanish piano music’, selected among ‘Best CDs of the summer’ by Taggesspiegel, September 2018


"A recital that fascinates from the first to the last note”. ‘Spanish Piano Music’, Siebe Riedstra, OpusklassiekApril 2018 


"The performer, whose expressiveness seems to fit perfectly with the pianistic universe of Mompou, leads us from one variation to another by means of an irreproachable and beautiful phrasing…it’s absolutely necessary to highlight a masterful use of pedal of this major pianist”. Spanish Piano Music’,  Scherzo Magazine, October 2018


"The interpretation of the Armenian pianist Sofya Melikyan is indisputable. Full of subtle nuances, without fuss, it maintains a high intensity throughout the whole program apart from very distinct aesthetics of each composer”.  ‘Women’, Scherzo Magazine, June 2018


"Melikyan’s interpretation of Gubaidulina’s Sonata is superb...Saaariajo’s Prelude is endowed by astonishing depth, an excellent treat of the line and a very rich sound palette”.‘Women’, “GOLDEN DISC”, Melomano Magazine, October 2018


"A strong, self-confident voice rises in the interpretation of the Armenian-born Sofya Melikyan - and on the new CD "Women" she makes a strong statement…”, ‘Women’, Recommendation of the Week, Klassik Heute, September 2018


"Melikyan’s expressive power enhances the value of these compositions…Interpretations full of power that combine high wire virtuosity with a profound musical intuition.” ‘Women’ 4* Ritmo Magazine, June 2018


"Sofya is an exceptional Armenian talent. Every sound comes from her heart, her soul and arises with the thought. Sofya lives the music she performs and that gives the pieces liveliness and feeling. On "Women" she plays works by the great female composers: Sofia Gubaidulina, Geghuni Chitchyan, Kaija Saariaho and Raquel Quiaro. The sound images are very personal, impress and tear into another world. A whirlpool of impressive dexterity”.  ‘Women’ Cuteanddangerous Magazine, August 2018


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