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Sophia Agranovich

Springfield, NJ 07081 (map)


Lessons Offered

Keyboard, Music Theory, Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio


About Me

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Internationally acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and educator, 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 extraordinary dramatic urgency”, “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. Among her venues are Avery Fisher Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium and Paul Hall at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Roerich and Metropolitan museums, Steinway Hall, and Bargemusic, all in New York City, Salle Cortot in Paris, Ehrbarsaal in Vienna, Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv, Watchung Arts Center in New Jersey, Kiev Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music and Lvov State Conservatory. Ms. Agranovich has collaborated with such prominent musicians as Mark Peskanov, Shlomo Mintz, Christopher Collins Lee, Andrew Litton, Alexander Mishnaevsky, Gregory Singer, Anatole Wieck, Kathleen Supove, and members of the major orchestras.

Sophia Agranovich’s discography received outstanding reviews and includes “Romantic Virtuoso Masterpieces” (works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Scriabin - 2010), “Franz Liszt - Bicentennial Tribute” (“Un Sospiro”, “La Campanella”, Rhapsodie Espagnole, Sonata in b minor - 2012), “Passion and Fantasy” (Beethoven: “Appassionata”, Chopin: Fantaisie and Sonata in b minor - 2014), Brahms-Paganini Variations books I and II, Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Schumann-Liszt: “Widmung” - 2014, Schubert: ‘Wanderer’ Fantasie and Chopin: 4 Ballades - 2015, Schumann: Carnaval and Fantasie - 2016. Recently Ms. Agranovich was awarded a Gold Medal and four Silver Medals from Global Music Awards, two Gold Medals from Prestige Music Awards, Best Classical Solo from Akademia Music Awards, and Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Her recordings were broadcast in Brazil on Universidade FM 106.9 “Company of the Music”, in Canada on CKWR ‘Women in Music’, and in New York on WWFM ‘Piano Matters’ and WQXR ‘Reflections from the Keyboard’ with David Dubal.

A native of Ukraine, Sophia Agranovich won the Ukrainian Young Artists Competition at ten, being the youngest participant. At thirteen, 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 six. Her teachers in Ukraine were professors Anna Stolarevich and Alexander Edelman, peers of Vladimir Horowitz at the Kiev Conservatory in the class of Felix Blumenfeld and later - disciples of Heinrich Neuhaus at the Moscow Conservatory. At fifteen, Ms. Agranovich entered the Juilliard School in New York City as a student of legendary professor Sascha Gorodnitzki, who himself was a student of Josef Lhevinne (peer of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Scriabin). While at Juilliard, she also studied with the eminent Nadia Reisenberg, a disciple of the St. Petersburg piano school of Leonid Nikolaev and student of Hofmann and Alexander Lambert - student of Franz Liszt. Ms. Agranovich earned Bachelor and Master Degrees from the Juilliard School, holding full scholarship and a Fellowship teaching Piano Minor at Juilliard, and won a First Prize in the Bergen Philharmonic Competition. She continued studied towards her Doctorate at the Columbia University, 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 teaching awards. Her students are consistently winning top prizes in regional, national and international competitions and are performing at prestigious venues. Ms. Agranovich is active member of various professional music organizations, listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World, a voting member of NARAS, Artistic Director of ‘Classicals at the Circle’ music series at the Watchung Arts Center,  Program Chair and Board member of Music Educators Association of New Jersey.

 

My Musical Education Background

Bachelor of Music - Juilliard School, New York
Master of Music - Juilliard School, New York
Doctoral Studies - Teachers College at Columbia University, New York
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Sophia Agranovich is an esteemed pedagogue and has received numerous awards for teaching excellence. She conducts master classes and lectures, adjudicates competitions, festivals and recitals, prepares students for conservatory and university auditions, coaches professional musicians, and maintains a teaching studio in Springfield, NJ.

Sophia’s students are consistently winning top prizes in various regional, national and international competitions and festivals and are performing at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Performing Arts Center, Merkin Hall at Kaufman Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Tenry Cultural Institute, Steinway Hall, Watchung Arts Center, as well as at Greenwich House Music School, Rider University, Caldwell College, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, Rutgers University, Polish Cultural Foundation, numerous libraries, houses of worship, and art galleries.

Educational Heritage

Sophia Agranovich’s music education heritage is one of the most impressive today and stems from the great tradition of Western European, Russian and American schools. In Ukraine her teachers included Anna Stolarevich and renowned professor Alexander Edelman, peer of Vladimir Horowitz at the Kiev Conservatory in the class of Felix Blumenfeld and later - disciple of Heinrich Neuhaus at the Moscow Conservatory.

At the Juilliard School in New York, she was a student of legendary professor Sascha Gorodnitzki, who himself was a student of Josef Lhevinne (peer of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Scriabin). She also studied with the eminent Nadia Reisenberg, a disciple of the St. Petersburg piano school of Leonid Nikolaev and student of Josef Hofmann and Alexander Lambert - student of Franz Liszt himself. Sophia also studied with David Diamond and Joseph Bloch in musicology, Felix Galimir, Dorothy DeLay, Paul Doktor, and Samuel Sanders in chamber music and ensemble.

After graduating Juilliard with Bachelor and Master degrees, she took classes towards a Doctorate in Music Education at the Columbia University Teachers College, but deferred that pursuit to raise a family. Sophia Agranovich has taught Piano Minor at the Juilliard School, served as a member of admissions and examinations jury for Piano Minor at Juilliard and was on the faculty of the Town House International Music School in New York City. Currently Ms. Agranovich is a member of various professional music organizations, Program Chair of Music Educators Association of New Jersey, board member of NJMTA affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association and is listed in the Private Teachers directory of the Juilliard School.


Mission and Philosophy

Ms. Agranovich uses individualized instruction methods, which combine traditional Russian school with various others, depending on the student's needs and abilities. She heavily concentrates on technique, which is a pre-requisite for freedom in expressivity. She teaches overall musicianship along with music theory, music history, ensemble, accompaniment and improvisation. She stresses the connection of music and other art forms, such as literature, painting and sculpture. This helps to achieve true style and balance in performing. Ms. Agranovich guides her students to develop their individuality, independence, and interpretations in conjunction with understanding of particular period in history and in composers’ lives when the music was written.

Sophia Agranovich is passionate, motivating, dedicated, patient, sensitive and at the same time very demanding. She uncovers hidden potential in every student. They progress very fast and to the best of their capabilities. She helps them to appreciate and enjoy music in order to enrich their lives. She also incorporates into her teaching approach her studies and experience in psychology, kinesiology, music therapy, Yoga and meditation. Sophia Agranovich is a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor, Holistic Stress Management Specialist and Life Coach.
Sophia Agranovich's broad range of interdisciplinary studies has greatly enhanced both her performing and teaching, specifically by reducing physical strain and technique limitations, achieving refined states of concentration, focus and inspiration.

Genres and Subjects Taught

Piano, Music Theory, Music History, Ensemble, Accompaniment, Auditions and Exams Preparation

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

All ages and levels

My Certifications and Awards

Steinway Artist; Juilliard Alumni; First Prize-Winner of All-Ukrainian Young Artists and Bergen Philharmonic Competitions; Artistic Director of Classicals at the Circle music series at Watchung Arts Center; Program Chair of Music Educators Association of New Jersey, board member of the NJMTA - affiliated with Music Teachers National Association, member of National Association for Music Education, Leschetizky Association, College Music Society. Listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and in the Private Teachers directory of the Juilliard School. Gold Medal and four Silver Medals from Global Music Awards, two Gold Medals from Prestige Music Awards, Best Classical Solo from Akademia Music Awards, and Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Excerpts from Reviews

More reviews and interviews at sophiagranovich.com/press
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“…Agranovich has not only technique, but is refreshingly unwilling to flash it, as she seeks out the subtleties Liszt has built into the music… It all comes together in an interpretation that dares to be different. Beauty has tamed the beast… Magnificent shading and superior musicianship…”

Alan Becker – American Record Guide
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"A musician of splendid gifts "
"As a pianist of remarkable technical accomplishments, she is also one of the more sensitive artists who brings to her performances a percipiency and sensibility all too rare among her contemporaries."

"The over-all musicianship, her knowledge of a composer’s intentions aids her in bringing to all her performances that kind of intelligence one should demand of all first-rate pianists, but who, in many cases, concentrate most of their efforts on the sheer virtuosity of their impeccable techniques."

"She is a singular artist and should be admired for that rare quality alone”.

David Diamond, Composer
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" The pianist’s technique is thrilling, but it’s the boldness of her conception—her refusal to feminize the music—and the extraordinary dramatic urgency she brings to these pieces through grand Romantic gestures—probably to a greater degree than Chopin himself could or would have attempted on his Érard or Pleyel piano—that leaves one with the strongest impression of Agranovich’s playing..."

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare Magazine
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"Agranovich is a magnificent technician", "...gives us energy and tonal beauty", "white-hot passion..."

Maria Nockin - Fanfare Magazine
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"She surely knocks off the Liszt etude with panache, plays the finale of the Beethoven with impressive washes of sound, and deftly aerates the endless swirls of Schumann’s piano writing—swirls that can so easily get stuck in lesser hands.”

“Unfailingly responsive to changes in musical terrain, she refuses to coast or to scant on the details, and the result is a series of eventful performances invigorated by imaginative articulation (the Liszt etude is especially striking in this regard), sensitive treatment of dynamics, and (most notably in the Liebestraum) a fine sense of phrasing in which plasticity of tempo never degenerates into self-indulgence.”

Peter J. Rabinowitz - Fanfare Magazine
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"...Extraordinary technique, refined velvety tone and elegant interpretations which are uniquely hers..."
"Her instrument is the piano but her sound rivals an entire orchestra."
"From fiery, volcanic eruptions of passion to ethereal nuances of tranquility and tenderness that stir the soul, the enormity of her unmatched dynamic range of expression transports listeners to the realm of the mystical.”

Somerset Reporter
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"Remarkably, Sophia Agranovich manages to present these extremely familiar works with a distinct profile. In general, her style is clearly textured, measured in tempo, and rhythmically playful without being mannered. "

"...she travels across Liszt’s vast world with poise and determination, and throws out a sure sense of grandeur and theater with nary a trace of pomposity and bombast, a refreshing way with this booby-trapped score."
Peter Burwasser - Fanfare Magazine
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"...It’s an amazing display of Liszt’s keyboard wizardry, demanding of the player’s exhaustive technical resources and staying power, which Agranovich brings to her performance in abundance... "

"Agranovich's reading of the Sonata is a masterly and brilliant display of pianistic virtuosity--I can't recall hearing any better--and Armonioso's recording captures her Steinway piano in New York's Sean Swinney Studios with lifelike presence. If it's a Liszt Sonata of grand sweep and rhapsodic romantic gesture you crave, Agranovich can be counted on to deliver the goods."

"...It’s not her speed as velocity that impresses, it’s the precision and clarity of her finger work. Also astonishing is her dynamic range breadth which ranges from the most hushed pp to the most thundering ff, and her ability to control the gradations of her crescendos and decrescendos to everything in between so that the extremes are always arrived at naturally."

"How she does it I don't know, but Sophia Agranovich’s alchemy of mind-bending technical prowess and heart-melting emotional expressivity add up to one of the most glorious piano recitals this side of Elysium. Urgently recommended."

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare Magazine

 


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