· Sonya Bach
Praised as "a born master", "Bach not only in her name" by winning hearts of critics and audiences alike, Sonya Bach has appeared in various prestigious concert venues in Europe, North America and Asia.
Sonya Bach started playing the piano at the tender age of three, gave first public concert at age five and orchestra debut at age nine with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra in her native country where she was admitted to the YeWon Arts School as the top of piano students where she studied with Kyung Sook Lee.
She received musical educations on full scholarships at the Juilliard School in New York with Olegna Fuschi and at the Accademia Pianistica “Incontri col Maestro” in Italy where she has been the youngest pupil of the late Lazar Berman.
As a teen, she studied with Cheng Zong Yin, one of China's most eminent pianists, and frequently visited Mordecai Shehori with whom she mastered Horowitz's techniques while in New York.
A protege of the late Alicia de Larrocha, she has earned Master in Spanish Music at the Academia Marshall in Barcelona, Spain.
Sonya's numerous prizes include the First and Grand Prize as well as the Eugen d'Albert Interpretation Award at the Eugen d'Albert International Music Competition, Gina Bachauer Memorial Award and the Special Prize at the 12th Viotti-Valsesia International Music Competition as the youngest participant.
In 2016-17 season, Sonya performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the Seoul Pops Orchestra and premiered Iloh Yang's Piano Concerto with the Songpa Philharmonic Orchestra. Both concerts were telecast by the KBS and SBS.
She also performed Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 and Yun Concerto with the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra in New York's Merkin Hall to critical acclaim.
This season's highlights will include orchestra debut in London by joining the English Chamber Orchestra for their London season's opening concert where she will present the complete Bach Keyboard Concertos, which she has recorded with them, due to release by the U.K. label Rubicon Classics in September this year.