concert pianist

Sonya SALMAN was born in Moscow and began to study piano since her 5 years old. In 1978 she entered to the Gnessinykh Specialized Music School in Moscow and in a year performed the Haydn's Piano Concerto at the Great Hall of the Gnessinykh Russian Academy of Music. In 1989 she finished the music school with an honour (Gold Medal for excellence in education) and entered into the Gnessinykh Russian Academy of Music (under Prof. A. Satz, later professor at the University of Music and Fine Arts in Graz, Austria). During her study in the Academy Sonya participated in several concert tours around Russia and in France and Italy. In 1994 she graduated from the Academy with an academic honor (magna cum lauda) as a concert pianist and a teacher of music. In 1994-1996 S. Salman got a post-graduate education at the Academy in piano (Prof. Yu. Petrov's course) and in chamber ensemble (Prof. I. Anastas'yeva's course). During her post-graduate study Sonya performed numerous recitals in Russia, Italy, and Sweden. In 1995 she received a Scholarship of the Russian Government for excellence in music education. In 1996 she received a Diploma at the International CICM Competition in Geneva (Switzerland) and was a recipient of a Japanise private scholarship for the best performance of modern Japanise music. In 1996 Sonya together with her friends organised a piano trio ensemble, and she has been a pianist of the trio "Novoye Trio" (see below) till 2000, when she left for Germany. The trio played many concerts in Russia and Spain. They recorded 2 CDs with Russian and French music (see below); their concerts were broadcasted by several Russian radio companies. Sonya performs as a soloist many concerts a year in Russia and abroad (Sweden, England, and Germany). Also she has been a half-time assistant Professor in the Gnessinykh Russian Academy of Music. Since 2001 Sonya lives in Germany, where she plays concerts (in Bonn, Breten, Karlsruhe, Schaebisch Hall).