Sophiko Simsive

Sophiko Simsive, piano (Tbilisi, Georgia), began piano lessons with her mother at age three and, at age seven, performed as a soloist with the Central School's orchestra in Tbilisi. Soon thereafter and while still a child, she was invited to perform the Beethoven 2nd concerto at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, leading eventually to a concert tour throughout the Netherlands, as a soloist with the I Virtuosi Italiani under Lev Markiz in Rotterdam, Utrecht, Leiden, and Groningen. She began her undergraduate studies with Mila Baslavskaja at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, graduating cum laude with a BM degree. She continued her studies with Jacques Rouvier at the “Universität der Künste” where she also received a BM degree. Sophiko received MM and MMA degrees at the Yale School of Music under Boris Berman. Since then, Sophiko has been a full scholarship student of Solomon Makowsky in the doctoral program at the Manhattan School of Music. She has won top prizes in competitions in Amsterdam (Yamaha, Grachtenfestival, and The Young Pianists Foundation), in Utrecht, and in Italy. More recently, Sophiko was the winner of the piano concerto competitions at Yale, at the Music Academy of the West, and at Manhattan School of Music. Sophiko's performing experience includes performances as an orchestral soloist in the Netherlands and with the main orchestras at the schools she attended, as well as recitals in London, Paris, Berlin, Havana, throughout Indonesia, and the United States. An avid chamber music player, she has performed with Gilbert Kalish, Kian Soltani, Anthony Marwood, and Harriet Krijgh in such venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Carnegie Hall in New York., as well as in summer festivals in Verbier in Switzerland, Canterbury in the U.K., and Yellow Barn in the US. Previous Yellow Barn musician (2019)