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.