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Pianiste - Pianist
Winner of the Latin GRAMMY® Award 2009, nominated for the ICMA Award of 2020, winner of the "Best Recital of the Year" by the Association of Art Critics of São Paulo, the William Petschek Award of The Juilliard School and the First Prize in the International Artists Competition in New York, Sonia Rubinsky is a "deep and refined pianist who leaves nothing to be desired. Her Mozart is articulate, no less singing and clear than that of Perahia or Uchida. Her Scarlatti demonstrates an imperial control of timbre. Like her compatriots, Guiomar Novaes and Nelson Freire, she has this genius talent for color that makes her an ideal interpreter of Debussy or Messiaen,” Libération.
Born in Brazil to a Polish mother and a Lithuanian father, Sonia Rubinsky began her music studies at the Campinas Conservatory with Olga Rizzardo Normanha. She gave her first recital at the age of five and a half and, at 12, performed as soloist with orchestra. In order to further her education, she left Brazil to study at the RUBIN Academy in Jerusalem, Israel (now The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance).
At the age of 16, she played for Arthur Rubinstein in the film "Arthur Rubinstein in Jerusalem" who admired her strong temperament. Encouraged by this extraordinary teacher, she received her D.M.A. from The Juilliard School in New York and performed in prestigious concert halls such as the Carnegie Hall (Stern/Perlman Auditorium), the Alice Tully Hall, Bargemusic, Merkin Concert Hall and Miller Theatre in New York, Hertz Hall in Berkeley, Cadogan Hall in London, La Maison de la Radio in Paris, the Sala São Paulo and the Teatro Municipal in São Paulo, Brazil, the Recanati Hall in Israel and the AGA-Zaal in the Netherlands.
Her discography includes recordings with works by Bach, Debussy, Messiaen, Scarlatti, Mozart, Almeida Prado, Jorge Liderman, Gabriela Lena Frank, Rachmaninoff, Villa-Lobos and Mendelssohn. The complete recordings of Villa-Lobos’ piano works for NAXOS earned Sonia Rubinsky the "Best Recording of the Year" award at the Latin GRAMMY® 2009 Awards.
Her latest NAXOS album with orchestra, dedicated to Almeida Prado, was nominated for the Latin GRAMMY and ICMA Awards in 2020. Recently, she recorded her newest solo CD for Arabesque Records entitled Goldfingers with works by Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Debussy as well as several virtuosic transcriptions.
Since 2011 Sonia Rubinsky has been named Artist in Residence by Murray Perahia at the Edward Aldwell Institute in Jerusalem where she teaches master classes, helping to train a future generation of pianists