Sophiko Simsive, Music Academy of the West Solo Piano Competition winner, performs Bach: Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971, Schubert: Impromptu in B-flat major, D. 935, Elizabeth Ogonek: Orpheus Suite/Four Pieces for Solo Piano (LA Premiere), and Ravel: La Valse.
Georgian-born Sophiko Simsive started to play the piano at the age of three, taught by her mother. At only eleven years old she performed Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto with the student orchestra of Georgia at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn (Germany) and played the same concerto in a Rudolf Buchbinder master class in Switzerland. In 2003 conductor Lev Markiz discovered her at the Music Gymnasium of Tbilisi, where she studied with professors Maka Aladashvili and Alexander Garber. In the fall of 2007, at 15 years old, she was admitted to the Sweelinck Conservatory of Amsterdam as its youngest pupil. In 2015 she toured with Eduard Sistek on cello in the series “New Masters on Tour” organized by The International Holland Music Sessions and made her debut at Carnegie Hall in New York together with Kian Soltani on cello. Most recently she was selected as the winner of the Music Academy of the West’s second Solo Piano Competition, which will take her on a multi-city recital tour that includes appearances at St. Luke’s in London, Chicago, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles.
Sundays Live is made possible by the Colburn Foundation in memory of Ed Edelman and the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust.