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Professor Sofya Gulyak


Teaching Languages

_ English, Russian, Italian


Indiana University Bloomington

In September 2009 Sofya Gulyak was awarded the 1st prize and the Princess Mary Gold
Medal at the Sixteenth Leeds International Piano Competition –the first woman in the history of the competition to achieve this distinction. Since then she has appeared all over the world to great acclaim.


Her recital programs are frequently reviewed in superlatives, and her concerto appearances with major orchestras are noted in glowing terms by the world’s music press.
Sofya has been praised for her "tremendous precision and coloration...exquisite soft playing ...with delicacy" and described as a “Rach star" (Washington Post).


Sofya Gulyak’s resume includes prizes from many prestigious piano competitions: she is a 1st prize winner of William Kapell International Piano Competition in the USA, Maj Lind Helsinki International Piano Competition, Tivoli Piano Competition in Copenhagen, Isang Yun International Piano Competition in South Korea, San Marino Piano Competition, winner of Busoni Competition in Italy and prize winner of Marguerite Long Piano Competition in Paris. Recitals and concert appearances have been numerous, with Sofya Gulyak having performed all over the globe in such venues as La Scala Theatre and Sala Verdi in Milan, Herculessaal in Munich, Salle Cortot, Salle Gaveau and Salle Pleyel in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Kennedy Center in Washington, Palais de la Musique in Strasbourg, Hong Kong City Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Tokyo Opera City Hall, Osaka Symphony Hall, Musashino Cultural Centre in Tokyo, National Hungarian Opera in Budapest, National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Teatro Municipal and Cidade des Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Auditorium Manzoni in Bologna, Salle Molière in Lyon, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, King Theatre in Rabat, Kursaal in Bern, Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen etc..

Sofya Gulyak appeared as a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony, Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic, Rio de Janeiro Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, Orchestra dell’ Arena di Verona, Orchestra Filarmonica di Bologna, Budapest Philharmonic, Enescu Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Slovak Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Copenhagen Symphony, Ulster Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Shanghai Philharmonic, NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Oulu Philharmonic, Leipzig Philharmonic, Pensacola Symphony, Tatarstan Symphony, Philippines Philharmonic, Morocco Philharmonic and others.


She collaborated with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sakari Oramo, Mark Elder, David Hill, Donald Runnicle, Vasily Petrenko, Alexander Lazarev, Alan Buribayev, Eiving Gullberg Jensen, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Theodor Guschlbauer, Giancarlo Guerrero, Rory McDonald, Danail Rachev, Fabio Mastrangelo, Michele Mariotti, Marat Bisengaliev, Fuat Mansurov, Alexander Sladkovsky, Daria Stasevska, Eiji Oue, Mario Kosik, Jesus Medina, Peter Rubardt.

The festivals in which Sofya Gulyak participated include Klavier Ruhr Festival, Chopin Festival in Duzniki-Zdroj, Festival de Sceaux, International Keyboard Festival in New York, International Strasbourg Festival, Busoni Festival, Harrogate Festival, “Joy of Music festival” in Hong Kong, Kraków Piano Festival, New Zealand Piano Festival, Ravello Festival, Festival Chopin in Paris, Shanghai International Piano Festival and many others.

Sofya Gulyak’s recording of Russian piano music (Medtner, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev) was released on Champs Hill Records in 2013 and received a 5 stars review in Diapason magazine (“What a pleasure to hear the piano blossoming and projecting in the most vivid of ways when played by Sofya Gulyak. The singing sound alongside dazzling and powerful execution distinguishes an outstanding natural pianist”) and glowing review from “Gramophone” (“This is a stunning debut album…”) and “Guardian” magazines (“Sofya Gulyak is a fearless pianist, never afraid to scale the most technically demanding heights of the repertoire and equally proud to wear her heart on her sleeve”). Her CD with Brahms music was released on Piano Classics 2015 and has got praising review from American Record Guide (“The Handel Variations is among the top contenders on record. From the very first notes she takes charge and envelops us in a thrilling sequence of variations that will send goose bumps to susceptible listeners. She keeps you on the edge of your seat, as the music presses ever forward. Sometimes I was reminded of the young Argerich”) and “Fanfare” magazine (“Her musicality is beautifully attuned to the spirit of Brahms…I must praise Kazan-born Russian pianist Sofya Gulyak, whose impressive reading places a stronger emphasis than Perahia’s on the continuity of the variations…She’s a natural Brahmsian whatever his moods.”) … Her next CD with the Chaconnes for piano was released in 2017 on Champs Hill records (“…A fascinating collection, superbly realised and beautifully recorded; “Gulyak is a musician of exceptional depth and profundity, and a pianist with seemingly unlimited technical resources… I can’t wait to hear more of her…Of particular note are her beautiful versions of the Nielsen, the Casella, a ferocious Busoni Toccata, and a sparkling account of the Handel Chaconne.";-Fanfare Magazine).

As chamber musician Sofya Gulyak collaborated with Wihan, Chilingirian, Arianna quartets, Quartetto di Venezia, soloists of English Chamber orchestra, violinists Olivier Charlie and Marianne Piketty, viola player Tatjana Masurenko, baritone Loa Falkman, cellists Quirine Viersen and Yuki Ito (with whom she recorded a CD of Rachmaninoff’s music for Champs Hill Records).

Sofya Gulyak is a native of Kazan (Russia) where she studied in a Special Music College under Nailya Khakimova, and then in Kazan State Conservatoire under Professor Elfiya Burnasheva. After that she continued her studies at the Piano Academy "Incontri col Maestro" (Imola, Italy) with Boris Petrushansky and at the Royal College of Music in London with Vanessa Latarche.

Sofya Gulyak attended as a jury member the international piano competitions in Italy, Serbia, France, Greece, USA, and was invited to teach master classes in China, Italy, Austria, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Mexico, USA, Canada and Germany.

She is an Artistic director of “Roberta Gallinari” International Piano competition in Italy.
She is presently a professor of the piano at the indiana University, USA. In past and recent years she has been on the faculty at the Royal College of Muisc in London, Kazan State Conservatory, Monteverdi Conservatory of Bolzano. Her playing has been broadcast on radio and TV in Russia, Poland, France, Italy, Germany, USA, Finland, Denmark, Serbia, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, United Kingdom (BBC3 and BBC4) and other countries.

索菲娅·古里亚克,俄罗斯钢琴家,现任伦敦皇家音乐学院的教授。2009年9月,索菲娅·古里亚克在第16届利兹国际钢琴比赛(英国利兹国际钢琴比赛是全球最有影响力、最顶尖的钢琴比赛之一)上斩获冠军和公主玛丽金奖牌,成为了历史上首位在该比赛中获此殊荣的女性钢琴家。除此之外,索菲娅•古里亚克还包揽了许多著名钢琴比赛的奖项:其中包括美国威廉卡贝尔国际钢琴大赛第一名,赫尔辛基Maj Lind国际钢琴大赛,哥本哈根Tivoli钢琴比赛,韩国尹伊桑钢琴大赛,圣马力诺钢琴大赛,意大利布索尼国际钢琴比赛和法国玛格丽特隆国际钢琴比赛等大赛的殊荣。  

索菲娅·古里亚克曾在世界上举办无数场演出,曾登临的世界著名音乐厅有:斯卡拉剧院和米兰萨拉威尔第剧院、慕尼黑科尔托音乐厅、 加沃音乐厅和巴黎普莱耶尔音乐厅在巴黎、伦敦威格莫音乐厅、莫斯科音乐学院、柏林音乐厅、莱比锡布商大厦音乐厅、华盛顿肯尼迪音乐中心、斯特拉斯堡音乐厅、香港大会堂、上海大剧院、东京歌剧院市政厅、大阪交响音乐厅、东京武藏野文化中心、布达佩斯匈牙利国家歌剧院、弗罗茨瓦夫国家音乐论坛、赫尔辛基芬兰厅、曼彻斯特布里奇沃特厅、里约热内卢的市政剧院、博洛尼亚的曼佐尼礼堂、里昂莫里哀音乐厅、洛杉矶迪斯尼大厅、拉巴特国王剧院、哥本哈根蒂沃利音乐厅等。  








索菲亚·古里亚克的《俄罗斯钢琴曲集》专辑于2013年在Champs Hill唱片公司发行,并收获了《Diapason》、《留声机》和《卫报》杂志的一致好评。她所录制的勃拉姆斯曲集唱片于2015年在Piano Classics唱片公司发行,并得到了《美国唱片指南》和《号角嘹亮》杂志的盛赞。  




索菲亚·古里亚克是俄罗斯喀山人,她曾在跟随奈利亚·哈基莫娃教授在特殊音乐教育学院学习,之后在喀山国立音乐学院在埃尔菲亚·伯纳舍娃教授的指导下学习。她还曾在意大利伊莫拉Incontri col Maestro音乐学院进修、并在伦敦皇家音乐学院跟随凡妮莎·拉塔什教授继续学业。  






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