Contestant 14: Sofya Melikyan
Hailed for her “magnificent singing line and an exquisite artistic sensibility” (Mundoclasico), Armenian-born pianist, Sofya Melikyan, has toured throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan and U.S. 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, among others.
Recent performance activities include concerts at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New York, Palau de Valencia, Teatro Monumental in Madrid, Izumi Hall in Osaka, “Salle Cortot” in Paris, Dweck Center in New York and Philharmonic Hall in Yerevan. Sofya’s performances have been broadcasted on national radio and television in both Spain and Armenia, Chicago WFMT Radio station, Muzzik French Television Station, among others. Ms. Melikyan has also released two CDs featuring music of Haydn, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Albéniz, Dutilleux and Khachaturian.
Sofya Melikyan has been awarded 1st Prize and a Prize for Outstanding Music Talent at the Marisa Montiel International Piano Competition in Linares, 1st Prize at the Ibiza International Piano Competition in Spain, 1st Prize for Music Interpretation awarded by “Amigos del Colegio de España” Association in Paris. She has also received top and special prizes at the 15th Jose Iturbi and Maria Canals International Competitions in Spain.
Sofya Melikyan started her musical training at Tchaikovsky music school in Yerevan, under the guidance of Anahit Shahbazyan. She 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, Galina Eguiazarova and Elena Tatulyan.
Here’s a clip of Sofia Melikyan performing Camille Saint-Saëns Concerto No 2 Mov. No 3.