Sophia Agranovich is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist, recording artist and educator. Praised by the distinguished composer David Diamond she is “a musician of splendid gifts”, having “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 performances are mesmerizing audiences by the “orison of uncommon beauty” - Audiophile, “extraordinary dramatic urgency”, “white-hot passion”, “boldness of her conception” - Fanfare, “interpretation that dares to be different”, “magnificent shading and superior musicianship” - American Record Guide.
A Steinway Artist, Ms. Agranovich had performed in USA, Ukraine, Russia, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Austria, Israel, and Canada. Among her 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. Ms. Agranovich has collaborated with such 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 include “Romantic Virtuoso Masterpieces” (works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Scriabin; released in 2010), “Franz Liszt - Bicentennial Tribute” (“Un Sosopiro”, “La Campanella”, Rhapsodie Espagnole, Sonata in b minor - Armonioso, 2012), “Passion and Fantasy” (Beethoven: “Appassionata”, Chopin: Fantaisie and Sonata in b minor - Romeo, 2014), Brahms-Paganini Variations books I and II, Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Schumann-Liszt: “Widmung” (Centaur, 2014). Recently Ms. Agranovich’s recordings were broadcast in Brazil on Universidade FM 106.9 “Company of the Music” and in Canada on CKWR ‘Women in Music’.
A native of Ukraine, Sophia Agranovich won the All-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, who himself was a student of Josef Lhevinne (peer of Sergei 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. 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, master class 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, active member of various professional music organizations, and is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.