Invited to return because of her shimmering 2015 Steinway Society recital, Sofya Gulyak, at the 16th Leeds International Piano Competition (2009), became, and remains, the only woman awarded the First Prize and the Princess Mary Gold Medal. Her other prizes include First Prize of the William Kapell International, Maj Lind Helsinki International, and Tivoli (Copenhagen) competitions. She has since appeared to great acclaim all over the world.
A native of Kazan (Russia), she graduated with the highest distinction from École Normale de Musique de Paris and studied at the Royal College of Music.
She has appeared with countless renowned orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Leipzig Philharmonic, and Orchestre National de France, and with renowned conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy. Her festival appearances include Klavier Ruhr Festival, International Strasbourg Festival, Liszt Festival at Villa d’Este, and Festival Chopin in Paris, and radio and TV broadcasts in 13 countries.
She has taught master classes in China, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines and Hong Kong. She is a professor at London’s Royal College of Music and records for Champs Hill Records.