RISING STAR: SOPHIKO SIMSIVE
- Sonata in F K533
- Sonata No 5
- La Discothèque
- La Valse
Georgian-born Sophiko Simsive began piano lessons with her mother at the age of three. At just 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 from 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 Oosterport in Groningen. In the fall of 2007 15-year-old Sophiko was admitted to the Sweelinck Conservatory of Amsterdam as its youngest pupil. Esteemed professor Mila Baslavskaya guided her towards a bachelor’s degree cum laude in 2012. She then studied with professor Jacques Rouvier at the Universität der Künste in Berlin.
During her first year at the Conservatory Sophiko won the first prize at the Princess Christina Concours in the Netherlands. This prize included a performance of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the Residential Orchestra of The Hague under Jan Willem de Vriend and a chamber music tour in the USA and Canada. In 2008 she won the Yamaha Piano Competition in Amsterdam. Sophiko played a solo recital at the Canterbury Festival in England in 2011 and was invited to the academy program of the International Music Festival of Verbier in 2013.
In 2015 she toured with Eduard Sistek on cello in the New Masters on Tour series 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 program. She won her age category at the Young Pianist Foundation Competition 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. That same year 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 such as Dmitri Alexeev, Dmitri Bashkirov, Pascal Devoyon, Klaus Hellwig, Ferenc Rados, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Lilya Zilberstein.
Since September 2016 she has pursued her master’s degree at the Yale School of Music under professor Boris Berman.