Sophiko Simsive

Piano

Georgian-born Sophiko Simsive started to play the piano at the age of three, taught by her mother. At only eleven years old she performed Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto with the student orchestra of Georgia at the “Beethoven Festival” in Bonn (Germany) and played the same concerto in a Rudolf Buchbinder master class in Switzerland. At that time, in 2003 conductor Lev Markiz discovered her at the Music Gymnasium of Tbilisi, where she studied with professors Maka Aladashvili and Alexander Garber. While at school she was a recipient of a scholarship by Vladimir Spivakov and performed at the Kremlin in Moscow. She further toured with “I Virtuosi Italiani” under Lev Markiz in the Netherlands playing Mozart’s “Jeunehomme” Piano Concerto at De Doelen in Rotterdam, the Vredenburg in Utrecht, the Stadsgehoorzaal in Leiden and in De Oosterpoort in Groningen. In the fall of 2007 Sophiko, at 15 years old was admitted to the “Sweelinck Conservatory of Amsterdam” as its youngest pupil. Esteemed professor Mila Baslavskaya guided her towards a bachelor’s degree with “cum laude” in the year 2012. After she had lessons with professor Jacques Rouvier at the “Universität der Künste” in Berlin.

In 2018 Sophiko won the Music Academy of the West’s second Solo Piano Competition after which she was invited for an international recital tour, including appearances at St. Luke’s in London, Chicago, Santa Barbara and LA. In 2019 she made her debut at the Yellow Barn Summer Festival in Putney, Vermont and in February 2020 she won the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition at the Manhattan School of Music.

In 2015 she toured with Eduard Sistek on cello in the series “New Masters on Tour” organized by “The International Holland Music Sessions” and made her debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York together with Kian Soltani on cello. Sophiko performed 11 solo recitals in the Netherlands as a finalist of the “Dutch Classical Talent”. She won in her category of the “Young Pianist Foundation Competition 2015” during which she played Liszt’s First Piano Concerto with the Noord Nederlands Orkest under Pieter-Jelle de Boer. Sophiko was awarded both the audience prize and the prize for the obligatory work by Dutch composer Diderik Wagenaar. Further in 2015 Sophiko won the first prize as well as the press prize at the “Geertruidenberg Klassiek”. In January 2016 she gave a series of concerts together with violinist Amarins Wierdsma in Indonesia organized by the “Erasmus Huis”. Sophiko was the winner of the GrachtenfestivalPrijs 2016 of the Netherlands and was Artist in Residence during the Grachtenfestival 2017.

Over the years Sophiko has participated in masterclasses with pianists like Dmitri Alexeev, Dmitri Bashkirov, Pascal Devoyon, Klaus Hellwig, Ferenc Rados, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Lilya Zilberstein.

Since 2017 Sophiko is living in the USA where she finished her Master of Musical Arts under Prof. Boris Berman. Sophiko is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York with Dr. Solomon Mikowsky.

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