24th March (Sunday), 19:00, BNR, Concert Studio – WOMEN VOICES

Women Voices

 Solo Piano Recital by
(© Nadav Benjamin)

Raquel Quiaro (b. 1972, Venezuela):
Cluster Suite (2014) *
Cluster Games
Shock, La Forja

Mercedes Zavala (b. 1963, Spain):
Play the Piano (2017) *

Hilda Paredes (b. 1957, Mexico/England):
Páramo de voces for piano and electronics (2006) *

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Sofia Gubaidulina (b. 1931, Tatarstan/Germany):
Piano Sonata (1965)
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro

Geghuni Chitchyan (b. 1929, Armenia):
Armenian Bas-Reliefs (1975) *
With Blue Eyes
Dance of Mountain People
Grape Fest

* Bulgarian premiere

This concert has been made possible 
thanks to the generous support of:

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Hailed for “an exquisite artistic sensibility” (Mundoclasico), Armenian-born pianist Sofya Melikyan has toured throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Cuba, China, Japan and Australia with performances at such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Palace of Festivals in Santander, Monumental Theatre in Madrid, Belgrade Philharmonic Hall, Armenian Philharmonic Hall, Jordan Hall in Boston, Izumi Hall in Osaka, Salle Cortot in Paris, Historisches Kaufhaus in Freiburg, among many others. She has appeared as a soloist with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra of Spain, Cordoba Symphony Orchestra, Valencia Symphony Orchestra, New Europe Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Andalucía, Spanish National Youth Orchestra. Recent performance highlights include recitals at the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, American Liszt Society in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, Guangzhou Opera House in China, Bulgaria Concert Hall in Sofia, Santiago de Compostela Auditorium in Spain, Chopin+ Festival in Luxembourg, Spanish tour with Master Symphony Orchestra, as well as debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba in Havana, North Shore Symphony Orchestra in Chicago and Vancouver Symphony in USA.
Born in Yerevan, Sofya Melikyan began her musical formation at the Tchaikovsky Special School of Yerevan with Anahit Shajbazyan. She continued her training at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid with Joaquín Soriano (graduated with honours), École Normale de Musique “Alfred Cortot” in Paris with Ramzi Yassa (graduated with honours) and Manhattan School of Music in New York with Solomon Mikowsky. Other pianists who have mentored her are Brigitte Engerer and Galina Eguiazarova.
Winner of numerous international piano competitions, Melikyan’s performances have been broadcast by the National Radio and Television of Spain, National Radio and Television of Armenia, National Radio of Catalonia, Melbourne ABC Classic FM Radio, Chicago WFMT Radio, New York WXQR Radio and Mezzo French TV.
Aside from her extensive career as a soloist, she is also a passionate and highly sought-after chamber musician. She has collaborated with numerous prominent artists. As a member of former New York based Sima Trio, Melikyan was a Gold Medal winner at the New England International Chamber Music Competition in Boston.
Sofya has just released her two new CDs: Women with works by contemporary female composers on IBS Classical, as well as Spanish Piano Music on Etcetera Records. Both CDs have received enthusiastic responses from experts and critics.
 (© Nadav Benjamin)