concert pianist

Sonya SALMAN was born in Moscow and started to play piano at 5. In 1978 she entered to the Gnessin Special School of Music in Moscow and in a year performed the Haydn's Piano Concerto at the Great Hall of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music. In 1989 she finished the music school being awarded a Gold Medal for excellence in education. At the same year she became a student of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music under Prof. Alexander Satz (later at the University of Music and Fine Arts in Graz, Austria). During her study in the Academy Sonya participated in several concert tours in Russia, 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 Sonya Salman took an advanced graduate education at the Academy in piano under Prof. Yuri Petrov, and in chamber ensemble under Prof. Irina Anastasiyeva. 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 the 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 performed 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 Gnessin Russian Academy of Music. Since 2001 Sonya lives in Germany, where she plays concerts (e.g., in Bonn, Breten, Karlsruhe, Schaebisch Hall), and since 2016 she is Director of the Choir "Banaten Schwaben Karlsruhe" (see below).


Sonya with the Choir Banaten Schwaben Karlsruhe


At the concert