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Sofya Gulyak began her studies at the Kazan State Conservatoire with professor Elfiya Burnasheva, followed by the Piano Academy Incontri col Maestro in Italy with Boris Petrushansky. Sofya graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2011 with an Artist Diploma in Performance, studying with Head of Keyboard Professor Vanessa Latarche.
Sofya has won many prestigious piano competitions. In September 2009, she was awarded first prize and the Princess Mary Gold Medal at the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition; she is the first woman to achieve this in the history of the competition. She has also been awarded first prizes at the William Kapell International Piano Competition (USA), the Helsinki Maj Lind International Piano Competition, Tivoli Piano Competition (Copenhagen), Gyeongnam International Piano Competition (South Korea) and the Allegro vivo International Piano Competition (San Marino).
As a soloist Sofia has performed with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Rio de Janeiro Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, Bucharest Philharmonic, Oulu Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Morocco Orchestra, Copenhagen Symphony, Orchestre National de France and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Participation in festivals include Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Chopin Festival Duszniki Zdrój, Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux, International Keyboard Institute & Festival (New York), Liszt Festival Villa d’Este (Italy), Nordlys festival (Norway), Ravello Festival and Sorrento Music Festival.
As chamber musician Sofya Gulyak collaborated with Wihan, Chilingirian, Arianna quartets, Quartetto di Venezia, soloists of English Chamber orchestra, violinists Olivier Charlie and Marianne Piketty, viola player Tatjana Masurenko, baritone Loa Falkman, cellists Quirine Viersen and Yuki Ito.
She is presently a professor of the piano at the Royal College of Music in London. Her playing has been broadcast on radio and TV in Russia, Poland, France, Italy, Germany, United States, Finland, Denmark, Serbia, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, United Kingdom (BBC3 and BBC4) and other countries.