A sought after soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue, Sonya’s interests are increasingly growing in the direction of aesthetic diversification in respect to performance practices and concert culture in Australia. In recent years she has commissioned and premiered numerous large-scale works including Kate Neal’s piano concerto Particle Zoo II premiered in 2010 at Princeton University (USA) and Damian Barbeler’s Bright Birds premiered in 2012 at the prestigious Four Winds Festival in NSW, and has co-devised two major electro-acoustic works for piano in collaboration with composers Anthony Lyons and Steve Adam. Other notable collaborations include composers Gerard Brophy, Peter de Jager, Tim Brady, Rob Davidson, and performers Stephen Emmerson, Miwako Abe, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Ryan De Ryke, Helen Ireland, Rachel Smith and jazz legend Joe Chindamo amongst others.
At age eighteen, Sonya made her debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the performance was broadcast on ABC classic FM and on ABC National Television. She has also been a soloist with the Israel Symphony, Johns Hopkins Symphony, Western Australia Youth Symphony, Melbourne Youth Symphony, Melbourne Symphonia and the Maroondah Symphony orchestras. She has performed widely in Australia, United States, Italy, Switzerland, England and Israel, and has been a featured performer on ABC Classic FM and 3MBS classic FM. Recently, together with pianist Stephen Emmerson, Sonya has recorded Bach’s Goldberg Variations transcribed by Stephen for two pianos for the ABC radio. She is currently recording several CDs of music by J. Brahms coupled with electro-acoustic works for piano and computer by Steve Adam and Anthony Lyons.
In 2007, as a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, Sonya completed five years of post-graduate performance studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music (Baltimore, USA) under the tutelage of the legendary pianist Leon Fleisher. She holds Bachelor and Honours degrees from the GUQCM where she was a student of Natasha Vlassenko.
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