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Sophia Agranovich Springfield, New Jersey
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Name:   Sophia Agranovich
Phone:   973-204-5992
Email:   sofilana@yahoo.com
Website:   Click here to go to my website
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Last Update:    2021-01-04 06:10:44
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New Jersey and New York City areas

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Biography:

Bachelor and Master Degrees of Music - Juilliard School

Doctoral Studies - Columbia University

For more information, please visit WWW.SOPHIAGRANOVICH.COM *** 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 keyboard” - Fanfare. Her performances are captivating audiences by the “orison of uncommon beauty” - Audiophile, “the extraordinary dramatic urgency”, “the ideal balance she achieves between the intellectual and the emotional” - Fanfare, “interpretation that dares to be different”, “magnificent shading and superior musicianship” - American Record Guide. A Steinway Artist, Ms. Agranovich has performed in USA, Europe, Israel, and Canada. Among her numerous venues are Avery Fisher Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium and Paul Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Roerich and Metropolitan museums, Steinway Hall, and Bargemusic, all in New York City, Salle Cortot in Paris, Ehrbarsaal in Vienna, Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv, Watchung Arts Center in New Jersey, Kiev Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music and Lvov State Conservatory. Recently she performed solo recitals at the Pennautier Festival and Juan-les-Pins in France and was invited to China. Ms. Agranovich has collaborated with prominent musicians as Mark Peskanov, Shlomo Mintz, Christopher Collins Lee, Andrew Litton, Alexander Mishnaevsky, Gregory Singer, Anatole Wieck, Kathleen Supove, 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; Chopin: Polonaise-Fantaisie and Nocturne Op. 48 No.1, Liszt: 3 Sonnetti del Petrarca, ‘Dante’ Sonata, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 14 – 2018; Chopin: Sonata in B-flat Minor, 4 Scherzi, Polonaise ‘Héroïque’ – 2020. Some of her awards are a Gold Medal and six Silver Medals from Global Music Awards, two Gold Medals from Prestige Music Awards, Best Classical Solo from Akademia Music Awards, Best Classical Piano Album from Clouzine International Music Awards, Industry Leader, Top Professional and Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Awards. Her recordings and live performances are broadcast worldwide, most recently 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 Greene Space, and WQXR ‘Reflections from the Keyboard’ with David Dubal. A native of Ukraine, Sophia Agranovich won the Ukrainian Young Artists Competition at ten, being the youngest participant. At thirteen, she performed complete Concerto in E minor by Chopin in Chernovtsy, Lvov and Kiev. Her concerts were broadcasted on national TV and radio stations since she was six. Her teachers in Ukraine were professors Anna Stolarevich and Alexander Edelman, peers of Vladimir Horowitz at the Kiev Conservatory in the class of Felix Blumenfeld and later - disciples of Heinrich Neuhaus at the Moscow Conservatory. At fifteen, Ms. Agranovich entered the Juilliard School in New York City as a student of legendary professor Sascha Gorodnitzki. She also studied there with the eminent Nadia Reisenberg. a disciple of the St. Petersburg piano school of Leonid Nikolaev and student of Hofmann and Alexander Lambert - student of Franz Liszt. Ms. Agranovich earned Bachelor and Master Degrees from the Juilliard School, holding full scholarship and a Fellowship teaching Piano Minor at Juilliard, and won a First Prize in the Bergen Philharmonic Competition. She continued studies towards her Doctorate at the Columbia University, but deferred that pursuit to raise a family. Sophia Agranovich is an esteemed pedagogue, lecturer, master class clinician, adjudicator, and is a 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 active member of various professional music organizations, listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World, a voting member of NARAS, Artistic Director of ‘Classicals at the Circle’ music series at the Watchung Arts Center, Program Chair and Board member of Music Educators Association of New Jersey. ------------------------------------------------------------- Sophia Agranovich is an esteemed pedagogue and has received numerous teaching awards. She conducts master classes and lectures, adjudicates competitions, coaches professional musicians, prepares for exams and auditions, and maintains private teaching studio. Sophia’s students are consistently winning top prizes in various regional, national and international competitions and festivals and had performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Center, Alice Tully Hall, Rose Studio and Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Kimmel Center, Tenri Cultural Institute, Steinway Hall, Watchung Arts Center, as well as at Rider University, Caldwell College, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, Rutgers University, Polish Cultural Foundation, Polish Embassy, American Catholic University (Washington, DC), Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA), numerous libraries, houses of worship, and art galleries. Selected students performed in Austria, Poland, Italy, and France. Their performances were broadcast on radio and TV, including WQXR in New York. Educational Heritage Sophia Agranovich’s music education heritage is one of the most impressive today and stems from the great tradition of Western European, Russian and American schools. In Ukraine her teachers included Anna Stolarevich and renowned professor Alexander Edelman, peer of Vladimir Horowitz at the Kiev Conservatory in the class of Felix Blumenfeld and later – disciple of Heinrich Neuhaus at the Moscow Conservatory. At the Juilliard School in New York, she was a student of legendary professor Sascha Gorodnitzki, who himself was a student of Josef Lhevinne (peer of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Scriabin). She also studied with the eminent Nadia Reisenberg, a disciple of the St. Petersburg piano school of Leonid Nikolaev and student of Josef Hofmann and Alexander Lambert – student of Franz Liszt himself. Sophia also studied with David Diamond and Joseph Bloch in musicology, Felix Galimir, Paul Doktor, and Samuel Sanders in chamber music and ensemble. Ms. Agranovich was awarded Fellowship teaching Piano Minor at Juilliard. Teaching Mission and Philosophy In her instruction methods Sophia Agranovich combines traditional Russian, Western European and American schools. She teaches overall musicianship along with music theory, music history, ensemble, accompaniment and improvisation. She stresses the connection of music and other art forms, such as literature, painting and sculpture. This helps to achieve true style and balance in performing. Ms. Agranovich guides her students to develop their individuality and independence in interpretations. She uncovers hidden potential in every student, who progress very fast and to the best of their capabilities. She also incorporates into her teaching approach her additional studies and experience in psychology, kinesiology, music therapy, and meditation. Sophia Agranovich is certified as Yoga and Pilates instructor, Life Coach, Holistic Fitness Practitioner and Holistic Health Practitioner. Sophia Agranovich’s broad range of interdisciplinary studies has greatly enhanced both her performing and teaching, specifically by reducing physical strain and technique limitations, achieving refined states of concentration, focus and inspiration.

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Video:  
Date:  2012-11-24 22:24:01
Description:  Live Recording: Robert Argasinski performs Nocturne Op. 48 No. 1 by Frederic Chopin at Caldwell College, May 12 2012. Robert is a student of Sophia Agranovich.

 
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Date:  2012-11-24 22:22:47
Description:  Tyler age 6 yrs. & 1 mo. performing at the New Jersey MTA High Honors Recital at Caldwell College, NJ, on May 12, 2012. Tyler is a student of Sophia Agranovich.

 
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Date:  2012-11-24 22:18:13
Description:  Live recording: Sophia Agranovich plays Chopin's Ballade No.1 in G minor at the solo recital at Bargemusic on 8/14/2010. Artist's website - http://www.sophiagranovich.com

 
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Date:  2012-11-24 22:16:58
Description:  Live recording: Sophia Agranovich plays Liszt Concert Etude in D-flat Major 'Un Sospiro' at the solo recital at Bargemusic on 8/14/2010. Artist's website - http://www.sophiagranovich.com

 
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Date:  2012-11-24 22:14:17
Description:  Live recording: Sophia Agranovich performs Rhapsodie Espagnole by Franz Liszt at the solo recital 'In Celebration of Liszt's Bicentennial'. Bargemusic Masterworks Series, August 5, 2011. Artist's website - http://www.sophiagranovich.com

 
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Date:  2010-06-22 19:42:59
Description:  Live recording

 
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Date:  2010-06-22 19:41:35
Description:  Live recording

 
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Date:  2010-06-22 19:37:45
Description:  Live recording

 
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Date:  2010-06-22 12:52:57
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Testimonials
 
Name:  Yu-Yun H.
Title:  Ability to motivate her students, her admirable artistic sty
Testimonial:  “Ms. Sophia has been an inspiring piano teacher to my two daughters. We switched to Ms. Sophia about 2.5 years ago when I observed no interest and little progress from them in playing piano. After only one lesson with Ms Sophia, I already noticed a positive change in their attitude. Within a year, I have seen how they transformed into real musicians; before, they were simply playing notes out of obligation, now they are playing music out of enjoyment. The most outstanding qualities Ms. Sophia has as a music teacher are her ability to motivate her students, her admirable artistic style and her passion towards music. I strongly recommend Ms. Sophia for anyone who is serious in learning to play piano.”

 
Name:  Donna M
Title:  Her lessons are a perfect marriage of music history, theory,
Testimonial:  “Sophia Agranovich is an extraordinarily gifted piano teacher. Her unique musical pedigree is evident to her students at each and every lesson. Her lessons are a perfect marriage of music history, theory, and technique. She tailors her instruction based on each of her students’ level of maturity, technical skills and desire for musical knowledge. She imparts her vast musical knowledge with a compassionate expertise that is unparalleled. Her optimistic and encouraging instructional technique forges an unbreakable bond of trust between student and teacher. This trust and respect allows for exponential musical growth amongst her very talented students. Remarkably, her instruction does not stop when her students master the technical aspects of a piece. Ms. Agranovich continually inspires her students to understand and express the passion and emotion that the composers intended. She utilizes metaphors and vivid emotional descriptions to help her students understand that music is not just technical prowess. Music without passion and emotion is empty. Her students embody this message at every one of their performances. Ms. Agranovich leads by example. In addition to her instructional time, she is also an active performer. Her students have the opportunity to not only attend her concerts, but listen to recordings of her past musical accomplishments. She is a valuable coach for helping her students overcome stage-fright because she experiences the same pre-performance jitters as her students do, due to her active concert schedule. She encourages all of her students to perform regularly at competitions, auditions and recitals. She is continually grooming her students to reach beyond the basics of being someone who plays piano. Ms. Agranovich is creating artists. Her confidence in her students’ abilities is contagious! She believes in her students’ abilities perhaps more than her students believe in it themselves. Her confidence breeds confidence and bravery in her students. Her repertoire selection for her students may at times seem like sheer and utter madness. But the musical challenges presented to her carefully selected students yields the most profound surprises when these students accomplish a musical miracle that neither student nor teacher thought was possible. This may be Ms. Agranovich’s greatest strength as a teacher. Her ability to inspire her students to reach beyond what they thought was possible. I would without reservation recommend Ms. Agranovich as a piano teacher for any serious student that desires thoughtful and profound instruction in classical piano. The student should be prepared to work harder than they have ever worked before. With a promise of this level of commitment from the student, and the unparalleled guidance from Ms. Agranovich, I promise that the student’s musical journey will be duly rewarded.”

 
Name:  Basu M.
Title:  Amazing artist and teacher
Testimonial:  “It gives me great pleasure to strongly recommend Sophia Agranovich to you. I came to know Sophia a couple of years ago, when my daughter enrolled for piano lessons with her. Since then, I’ve had an opportunity to watch her teach my daughter every week. I have also seen her perform at the Watchung Arts Center, and heard her play on WQXR Classical radio. Having heard her play, I already knew what an amazing artist Sophia is. What is even more amazing, however, is that she is able to transfer her talents to her students. I have been extremely impressed with how passionate and dedicated Sophia is about teaching piano. She teaches my daughter in a very structured and organized manner, as a result of which my daughter has made huge leaps. Sophia has the keen eye and ear to spot mistakes in both content and style, and the patience to keep correcting my daughter even when it takes time. Because of her, my daughter has progressed very rapidly in her piano performance, both technically and artistically. Sophia always sets the bar high for her students and encourages them to participate in high-level piano recitals and competitions. Her lofty expectations have really encouraged my daughter to aim high and not be easily satisfied. Thanks to Sophia, my daughter has become very motivated and energized to become a top-level pianist. Watching Sophia play is truly a pleasure and an inspiration for my daughter, and she looks forward to becoming like her one day. I am really happy and content with how Sophia has prepared my daughter for the road ahead. Being a Professor at Rutgers University, I certainly know how challenging it is for a teacher to convey complex concepts and techniques to students, while keeping them engaged and interested. Sophia has a gift for doing that extremely well. I am privileged to have her as my daughter’s teacher. I strongly recommend her to you for professional engagements.”


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