Sofya Gandilyan (b. 1984) is a harpsichordist, fortepianist and PhD-musicologist.
Sofya graduated cum laude from the Moscow State P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory (musicology). In 2012 Sofya received a doctoral degree in musicology from the Moscow Conservatory (dissertation on J.J. Froberger and his keyboard music).
Ms. Gandilyan obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the early music department of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, where she took harpsichord classes from the world known harpsichord player Chr. Schornsheim. Ms. Gandilyan obtained her Master’s degree from Trossingen University of Music (harpsichord class Prof. M. Spaans). At the moment, Ms. Gandilyan is studying fortepiano with Prof. Chr. Schornsheim in the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.
Sofya is a scholarship holder from Austria Barock Academy, Shostakovich Foundation, and Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst [DAAD].
During harpsichord competition “Prague Spring” in May of 2012, Sofya reached the final round and received an Honorary Mention Prize of the Jury. In 2014, Ms. Gandilyan received the Outstanding Foreign Student Award of the German Academic Exchange Service [DAAD] for her excellent achievements at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. In August 2015, Ms. Gandilyan won the 2nd prize in the oldest Early Music competition – Musica Antiqua in Brugge.
Sofya gave concerts together with prominent baroque players and singers, such as A. Steck, L. Duftschmid, J. van Elsacker, V. Spurny. Since 2014 Sofya is a harpsichordist and organist at the the show “Flying Bach”, where she plays Preludes and Fugues from the “Well-Tempered Clavier” and other pieces of J. S. Bach. She performed a repertoire ranging from Frescobaldi to Martinu and Nyman in various European countries, as well as in China.
Sofya is in the team of the Young Artists of the Accademia Europea Villa Bossi in Bodio – Varese, Italy.