Classical Pianist, Educator, Lecturer, Artistic Director
"A bold, daring pianist in the tradition of the Golden Age Romantics ... Combines the spaciousness of Richter and the propulsion of Gieseking."
Internationally acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and educator, Sophia Agranovich is "a bold, daring pianist in the tradition of the Golden Age Romantics … A tigress of the piano," according to Fanfare. Her performances are captivating audiences by the "orison of uncommon beauty, " says Audiophile, in addition to "interpretation that dares to be different ... magnificent shading and superior musicianship," according to American Record Guide.
A Steinway Artist, Ms. Agranovich has performed in the United States, Europe, Israel, and Canada. Her performance venues include New York City-based Avery Fisher Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium and Paul Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, and Bargemusic, as well as Salle Cortot in Paris and Ehrbarsaal in Vienna. Ms. Agranovich has collaborated with prominent musicians and members of the major orchestras.
Sophia Agranovich’s discography received outstanding reviews and includes “Romantic Virtuoso Masterpieces” (works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Scriabin - 2010), “Franz Liszt - Bicentennial Tribute” (“Un Sospiro”, “La Campanella”, Rhapsodie Espagnole, Sonata in b minor - 2012), “Passion and Fantasy” (Beethoven: “Appassionata”, Chopin: Fantaisie and Sonata in b minor - 2014), Brahms-Paganini Variations books I and II, Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Schumann-Liszt: “Widmung” - 2014, Schubert: ‘Wanderer’ Fantasie and Chopin: 4 Ballades - 2015, Schumann: Carnaval and Fantasie - 2016. Recently Ms. Agranovich was awarded two Gold Medals from Prestige Music Awards, a Silver Medal from Global Music Awards, her recordings were broadcast in Brazil on Universidade FM 106.9 “Company of the Music”, in Canada on CKWR ‘Women in Music’, and in New York on WWFM ‘Piano Matters’, WQXR ‘Reflections from the Keyboard’ and live performance at the Chopin Marathon.
A native of Ukraine, Sophia Agranovich won the All-Ukrainian Young Artists Competition at 10 years old--the youngest participant in the event. Her concerts were broadcasted on national television and radio stations since she was 6 years old. Her teachers were Anna Stolarevich and Alexander Edelman, peers of Vladimir Horowitz in the class of Felix Blumenfeld. At 15 years old, Ms. Agranovich entered the Juilliard School in New York where she studied with legendary professors Sascha Gorodnitzki and Nadia Reisenberg. Ms. Agranovich earned Bachelor and Master Degrees from the Juilliard, holding full scholarship and a Fellowship teaching Piano Minor at Juilliard, and won a First Prize in the Bergen Philharmonic Competition. Ms. Agranovich was working towards her Doctorate in Music Education at the Columbia University, but deferred that pursuit to raise a family.
Sophia Agranovich is an esteemed pedagogue, lecturer, master class clinician, adjudicator, and recipient of numerous teaching awards. Her students are consistently winning top prizes in regional, national and international competitions and are performing at prestigious venues. Ms. Agranovich is the voting member of NARAS, listed in ‘Who’s Who in America’ and ‘Who’s Who in the World’, active member of various professional music organizations, Artistic Director of classical music series at the Watchung Arts Center and Program Chair of Music Educators Association of New Jersey.
"One of the most glorious piano recitals this side of Elysium. Urgently recommended ... Combining the best of both Brendel and Kempff. It’s as if she has absorbed from Brendel his organizational skill to bind the piece together and reveal its unifying formal principles, while from Kempff she has absorbed the sense of philosophical and spiritual probing."
— Jerry Dubins, Fanfare
"... Had to restrain myself from crying with joy at the Venusian beauty of her playing. Finale is a sudden burst of energy and passion. It sparkles, notes tumble over each other, and the music continues to build towards towards a dazzling conclusion. The added touch of restraint works beautifully in a performance that easily reaches the heights."
— Alan Becker, American Record Guide
"... Her own Chopin, which turns out to be unusually tender, gentle and entranced. The highlight is her reading of Ballade No 4 in F minor, a work that instantly separates the poets from the poseurs. Her poetry is undeniable and she and she brings out the element of fantasy in captivating fashion."
— Huntley Dent, Fanfare
"Like such Eastern European pianists as Lipatti, Fischer, Cziffra and, yes, Reisenberg, her Chopin is more muscular and less soft-grained than we are normally used to. (The only Western European pianist whose Chopin is equally wide-awake was Alfred Cortot ...) ... In Agranovich’s skilled hands, these passages emerge as sturdy pieces of the overall structure."
— Lynn René Bayley, The Art Music Lounge