Born in Moscow, Sofja Gülbadamova began her piano training under Michail Chochlov at the world-renowned Gnessin State Musical College for gifted children. She continued her studies at the conservatory in Lübeck under the exceptional American pianist Prof. James Tocco, then at the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse in Paris under Prof. Jacques Rouvier and finally at the legendary École Normale de Musique Alfred-Cortot under Guigla Katsarava and David Lively.
Sofja Gülbadamova is one of the most extraordinary pianists of her generation. A laureate of prizes and competitions organized in various countries (US, France, Spain, Russia, Germany and Belgium), she distinguished herself at two prestigious international piano competitions in 2008: the Concours International pour Piano in Aix-en-Provence and the 6th Concours International Francis-Poulenc, where she won both the first prize and the special prize for best interpretation of works by Poulenc. Moreover, she was awarded the Grand Prix at the 2010 International Rosario Marciano piano competition in Vienna.
Milestones in her career include memorable performances with great orchestras (Norrköping Sinfonieorchester conducted by Michail Jurowski, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under Emmanuel Plasson during the Colmar International Festival, Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal conducted by Dmitri Jurowski and Marc Piollet) as well as recitals in St. Petersburg, Vienna, Paris, Budapest, Berlin, London and Washington D.C. Moreover, she has given guest performances at renowned festivals (Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspielen, Rheingau Musikfestival, Festival International Sine Nomine in Lausanne, Lucerne Festival) and was named artistic director of the International Brahms Festival in Mürzzuschlag in 2017.
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