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Sophia Agranovich, an internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist, recording artist and educator, is “a bold, daring pianist in the tradition of the Golden Age Romantics. Her playing is full of lavish gestures and she is comfortable taking big risks… It’s the kind of daredevil exhibition that was bread and butter for the likes of de Pachmann and Hofmann and that most of today’s pianists shy away from.” - Fanfare. Her performances are mesmerizing audiences bythe “orison of uncommon beauty” - Audiophile, “the extraordinary dramatic urgency”, “white-hot passion”, “the 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, Steinway Hall, and Bargemusic, all in New York City, Salle Cortot in Paris, Ehrbarsaal in Vienna. Ms. Agranovich has collaborated with prominent musicians and members of the major orchestras.

Sophia Agranovich’s discography includes “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).

A native of Ukraine, Sophia Agranovich won the All-Ukrainian Young Artists Competition at 10, being the youngest participant. At 13, 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 6. Her teachers were Anna Stolarevich and Alexander Edelman, peers of Vladimir Horowitz in the class of Felix Blumenfeld. 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 Teaching Fellowship and won a First Prize in the Bergen Philharmonic Competition. Ms. Agranovich was 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 classical 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.

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