Women: Sofya Melikyan


Women: Sofya Melikyan

With this recording Sofya Melikyan introduces us to composers who seem marked by some historical design in which the momentous events of their countries of origin, and the magic of figures, have somehow crisscrossed and interwoven. As such, these three women represent countries that underwent tremendous upheavals a century ago. Kaija Saariaho’s native Finland gained its independence in 1917, which was the same year and with almost the same historic circumstances that shattered the social foundations of Russia, Sofia Gubaidulina’s country of origin (although she was actually a Tatar), in that case resulting in the October Revolution of 1917. The third composer, Geghuni Chitchyan’s country is Armenia, which achieved its first period of modern independence in early 1918, also as a result of the dramatic events that shook that part of the world in 1917. These three women are joined by a young Venezuelan, Raquel Quiaro, who settled in Spain over twenty years ago, and is one of Kaija Saariaho ‘s most outstanding pupils.

Sofia Gubaidulina: Piano Sonata (III)

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, Master Symphony Orchestra in Valencia, 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 Sosiety 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, Aram Khachaturian Festival in Yerevan, Armenia, 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. Her two new CDs will be released in 2018. The first one on Ibs Classical with works by contemporary female composers, and the second one featuring music by Granados and Mompou on Etcetera records.

14,95 €

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