Portrait of Sophia Agranovich, winner of InterContinental Music Awards 2023, posing for their award

Sophia Agranovich

InterContinental Music Awards Winner

2023 – Best Instrumentalist

Multi-award-winning soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, educator and artistic director, 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 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. Recently she played solo concerts at the “I Concerti del Tempietto” in Rome, Pennautier Festival and Juan-les-Pins in France where she premiered compositions dedicated to her by Françoise Choveaux, and was invited to China and Brazil. Some of her prestigious venues are David Geffen Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium and Paul Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Well Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Roerich and Metropolitan museums, Steinway Hall, Bargemusic, Tenri Cultural Institute, Polish Cultural Foundation, Lambert Castle, Watchung Arts Center, Salle Cortot, Théâtre Na Loba, Teatro di Marcello, Ehrbarsaal, Gesellschaft für Musiktheater, Kaiser Hall.

She also performed at libraries and numerous colleges and universities, such as the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rubin Academy of Music, National Music Academy of Ukraine and Lviv State Conservatory. Ms. Agranovich has collaborated with Mark Peskanov, Shlomo Mintz, Christopher Collins Lee, Andrew Litton, Alexander Mishnaevsky, Andrew Lamy, Brett Deubner, Gregory Singer, Anatole Wieck, Rupam Sarmah, Kathleen Supove, award-winning Emmy, Grammy, and Billboard top ten musical artists, and members of the major orchestras.

From 2010 through 2022 Sophia Agranovich has released 10 solo albums which had received outstanding reviews and top international awards. New all-Mendelssohn album is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2023. Her recordings are charting in top 10 across all musical genres on One World Music Radio and on World Top Radio Airplay Charts.

Ms. Agranovich was awarded First Prize in the Bergen Philharmonic Competition, 3 Gold and 10 Silver Medals by Global Music Awards, 2 Gold Medals by Prestige Music Awards, Best Classical Album and Solo from Akademia Music Awards, 4 Best Classical Piano Albums by Clouzine International Music Awards, 6 Radio Music Awards, Best Classical Recording and Hall of Fame by Indie Music Channel, Winner of the IInd place in Piano Solo by the American Prize, 4 Platinum, 3 Gold and Instrumentalist of the Year awards by LIT International Talent Awards, Best Classical Album by One World Music Radio, Steinway Top Teacher Award, Industry Leader and Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Awards and more.

Her recordings and live concerts are broadcast worldwide, most recently in Brazil on Universidade FM 106.9 “Company of the Music”, in Canada on CKWR “Women in Music”, Berlin, Munich, Rome, New Zealand, London, Tokyo, Osaka, Paris, Tel-Aviv, WMNR Fine Arts Radio, NPR WLPR-FM “Art on the Air”, WQXR Greene Space live with Elliott Forrest, on WWFM “Between the Keys” with Jed Distler, “Cadenza” with David Osenberg”, “Piano Matters” and WQXR “Reflections from the Keyboard” with David Dubal.

A native of Ukraine, Sophia Agranovich won the Ukrainian Young Artists Competition—now Mykola Lysenko International Competition–at 10, being the youngest participant. Her concerts were broadcast on national TV and radio stations since she was 6. Her teachers were Anna Stolarevich and Alexander Edelmann, peers of Vladimir Horowitz in the class of Felix Blumenfeld and disciples of Heinrich Neuhaus. At 15, 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. Ms. Agranovich was working towards her Doctorate at the Columbia University, but deferred that pursuit to raise a family, which led to a 23-year career in Information Technology.

Having earned a certifi¬cation in Computer Science, she worked as a sys¬tems analyst for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company where she received the Presidential Quality Award for Computer Systems Design and Support, and later as a senior programmer/analyst/project manager/vice president at Merrill Lynch. Ms. Agranovich also studied naturopathy, traditional Indian medicine and tra¬ditional Chinese medicine, receiving certifications in Yoga, Pilates, and other holistic disciplines. She taught Yoga and Pilates at the local YMCA.

Sophia Agranovich is an esteemed pedagogue, lecturer, master class clinician, adjudicator, and is a recipient of numerous teaching awards. Her students are winning top prizes in regional, national and international competitions and are performing at notable venues. Ms. Agranovich is listed in “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in the World”. She is a voting member of NARAS, GrammyR-balloted artist, GrammyU Mentor, Artistic Director of classical music series at the Watchung Arts Center and Program Chair of Music Educators Association of New Jersey.