Music is image. Music is colour. Music is movement. This is an universally known concept. I really saw and felt it listening to Sofiya Uryvayeva‘s music. Sofiya is a talented pianist. We met on our own YouTube channels. I was impressed by her music and by her power to do magics with the piano. And she was fascinated by my Lacer/actions artworks (images from details of torn posters and urban signs).
So we decided to create a clip, trying to mix Sofiya music and my artworks. From her YouTube channel I choose an extraordinary track that Sofiya recorded live in June 11, 2011: “Chopin Revolutionary Etude”. And I really realized that pianist Sofiya “projects her true love and passion for music with such intensity that the listener is swept into another world. Her tones and melodies are alive and vibrant; they appear from nowhere and seem to have a beating heart.”
So, I selected ten images that recall me in some ways the Chopin’s powerful melody and the surprising Sofiya’s performance. The clip has a lenght of 30 seconds. Only 30 seconds. But Sofiya music transports us as well as “to places never before experienced: a whirlwind journey of emotion and excitement.”
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ABOUT SOFIYA URYVAYEVA
Sofiya Uryvayeva was born in Siberia with music in her soul. She was just a little girl when a seasoned and learned man proclaimed, “This girl has something very profound to say in music!” Since she was 13 years old, the young pianist has been actively concertizing throughout the world. Her musical achievements include recognition and top prizes in numerous national and international competitions. Sofiya graduated from the Odessa Stolyarsky Music School for highly talented and selected children in Ukraine. But she
always studied everything on her own. Music professors often commented and admired her unusual talent for playing the most difficult and challenging music. She consistently demonstrated that there virtually nothing that she could not master. Her main teacher was the music.
At the age of eighteen Sofiya was awarded the President’s Scholarship of Ukraine a rare and distinguished honor in her home country. Sofiya subsequently studied at the Odessa State Musical Academy and at the age of twenty was invited to Germany for post-graduate study as recipient of a full scholarship from Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg. While in Germany, she earned a Master’s Degree and Doctorate Degree in Music Performance, and performed in many concerts, including solo and chamber music programs, receiving the highest accolades and the most rave reviews from both the German public and press. Modern German composer P.M. Braun stated that Sofiya was “one of the best in her generation”.
In 2009 Sofiya moved to the USA – she was approved for US residency as an “alien of extraordinary ability” – where she has continued her burgeoning performing career. Her most recently performance took place at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Miami which was filmed and broadcast on television, in addition to live performances on the South Florida Radio, at the Boca Raton Steinway Piano Gallery and at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach. Her concerts have been described by critics as “A Festival for All the Senses, for the Soul and for Life;” “Magic Ride on the Witch’s Broom;” and “Brilliant Technique with Soul”. Upon hearing her play, one of the listeners proclaimed to the entire audience, “After hearing this pianist, life starts anew!” Another man added, “After this I want to live more!”