Sophia Agranovich is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist, recording artist and educator, performing as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. A Steinway Artist and a Juilliard graduate, she is praised by the distinguished composer David Diamond as “a musician of splendid gifts... As a pianist of remarkable technical accomplishments, she is also one of the more sensitive artists who brings to her performances a percipiency and sensibility all too rare among her contemporaries... She is a singular artist and should be admired for that rare quality alone”. Her passionate and mesmerizing concerts and recordings had received multiple outstanding reviews, captivating audiences worldwide. “…Agranovich has not only technique, but is refreshingly unwilling to flash it, as she seeks out the subtleties Liszt has built into the music… It all comes together in an interpretation that dares to be different. Beauty has tamed the beast… Magnificent shading and superior musicianship…” - A. Becker, American Record Guide. "Sophia Agranovich’s alchemy of mind-bending technical prowess and heart-melting emotional expressivity add up to one of the most glorious piano recitals this side of Elysium. Urgently recommended." - J. Dubins, Fanfare.
Among her venues are Avery Fisher Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium and Paul Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, and Bargemusic, all in New York City, Salle Cortot in Paris, Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv, Watchung Arts Center in New Jersey, Kiev Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music and Lvov State Conservatory in Ukraine. Ms. Agranovich has collaborated with members of major orchestras and such renowned musicians as Mark Peskanov, Shlomo Mintz, Christopher Collins Lee, Alexander Mishnaevsky, Gregory Singer, Anatole Wieck and Kathleen Supove.
A native of Ukraine, Sophia Agranovich won the All-Ukrainian Young Artists Competition at ten, being the youngest participant. Her teachers were Anna Stolarevich and prominent professor 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, who himself was a student of Josef Lhevinne (peer of Rachmaninoff and Alexander Scriabin). While at Juilliard, she also studied 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. Sophia studied composition with David Diamond; chamber music and ensemble - with Joseph Bloch, Samuel Sanders, Felix Galimir, and Paul Doktor.
Ms. Agranovich earned Bachelor and Master Degrees from the Juilliard School, holding full scholarship and a Teaching Fellowship. She won a First Prize in the Bergen Philharmonic Competition, and joined the faculty of the Town House International Music School in New York City. After graduating Juilliard, Ms. Agranovich began working towards her Doctorate in Music Education at the Columbia University Teachers College, but deferred that pursuit to raise a family.
Sophia Agranovich is an esteemed pedagogue, lecturer, clinician, adjudicator, and is a recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence. Her students are consistently winning top prizes in regional, national and international competitions and are performing at prestigious venues. Ms. Agranovich is the Artistic Director of ‘Classicals at the Circle’ music series at the Watchung Arts Center in New Jersey, Program Chair of Music Educators Association of New Jersey, and active member of various professional music organizations. Sophia Agranovich is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.