Born in Moscow, Sofja Gülbadamova began her musical studies at the Gnessin Special Music School with Mikhail Khokhlov, and continued her academic piano courses at Musikhochschule Lübeck in the class of James Tocco, Paris Conservatory with Jacques Rouvier, and Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with Guigla Katsarava and David Lively, where she was awarded a scholarship by Zygmunt Zaleski Foundation.
She is the winner of many international competitions in USA, Spain, France, Germany and Russia, including the International Piano Competition in Aix-en-Provence (1st Prize, 2008), the 6th International Francis Poulenc Piano Competition (1st Prize and the special prize for best interpretation of Poulenc’s music, 2008), the Rosario Marciano International Piano Competition in Vienna (Grand Prix, 2010), and the International Piano Competition “André Dumortier” in Belgium (2nd Prize, 2010).
Sofja Gülbadamova performed at famous festivals, such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau Festival, Schönberger Musiksommer, International Piano Festival in Tübingen, "Rarities of piano music” Festival in Husum (Germany), International Music Festival Lucerne and Cully Classique Festival (Switzerland), International Music Festival Moulin d’Andé, Liszt en Provence Festival, International Festival “Les nuits du Suquet” in Cannes, Festival de la Vézère, Les Pianos Folies Festival, Festival “Journées Lyriques de Chartres”, Festival de St. Lizier, Festival de St. Robert, “Les Nuits Pianistiques” in Aix en Provence (France), Festival d’Hardelot in France (with Orchestre de Chambre de la Nouvelle Europe, Nicolas Krauze, conductor), Salzburger Schlosskonzerte concert series (Austria), Piano Nights Festival in Chisinau (Moldova), “Les Nuits de Piano d’Erbalunga” Festival in Corsica, Piano International Festival, England, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit (USA), and “Semana musical Llao Llao” Festival in Argentina.
She gives concerts throughout Europe and the United States at prestigious venues such as Cité de la Musique and Salle Cortot (Paris), Arsenal (Metz), Konzerthaus Berlin, Staatskapelle Weimar, Ehrbarsaal (Ehrbar Hall) in Vienna (Austria), and collaborates with orchestras such as Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, the State Radio and Television Orchestra of Russia, the Collegium Instrumentale Halle, Magdeburg Philharmonic, Lübeck Philharmonic, Zwickau Philharmonic Orchestra, Städtisches Orchester Bremerhaven and among others.
In 2010 Sofja Gülbadamova made her debut in London in the St Martin-in-the-Fields during the “World Concert Pianists” series, and toured throughout Chile with recitals in the Teatro Municipal (Viña del Mar), and during the festivals “Semanas Musicales” in Reñaca and „Semanas Musicales“ in Frutillar. She also gave a master class in the Sergei Prokofiev Conservatory, Viña del Mar.
Her recent and upcoming engagements include among others Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 at the Kurhaus Wiesbaden (Germany), Clara Schumann's Piano Concerto op.7 with Fosbo Sinfonica at Teatro Colón in Bogota (Columbia), Antonin Dvořak’s Piano Concerto op.33 at the Great Hall of the St Petersburg Philharmony, Dvorak's Piano Quintet No.2 op.81 and Dohnányi's Piano Quintet No.2 op.26 for Festival Sine Nomine, Lausanne.
As a chamber musician Sofja Gülbadamova collaborates with artists such as James Tocco, Yehonatan Berick, David Geringas, Denis Goldfeld, Priya Mitchell, Alexandre Brussilovsky, Gert von Bülow, Aleksandr Khramouchin, Guillaume Martigné, Mark Drobinsky as well as the Prometeo Quartet, Psophos Quartet, the Aviv Quartet, the quartet Sine Nomine and the New Russian Quartet.
She has recordings for Russian, American, Polish, Spanish, French and German radio and television producers. Her CD recordings have already been published in Germany and France, notably at the Passavant Music recording company as well as the danish label Danacord among others.
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Festival Sine Nomine - Lausanne
Festival Sine Nomine - Lausanne
Staatskapelle Weimar 2016 - Beethoven Program
Für die Interpretation des fünften Klavierkonzerts im Mittelpunkt des Programms hatte man die russische Pianistin Sofja Gülbadamova – Trägerin vieler internationaler Wettbewerbe – verpflichtet, unter deren Händen das Werk eine feinsinnige, höchst sensible Gestaltung in einer beachtlichen Bandbreite des Anschlags im Wechsel feiner, leiser Töne und fesselnd, markanten Zugriffs erfuhr.