Sofianska Maria


Maria Sofianska was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and studied piano at the State Conservatory of Music there, later becoming a member of the piano faculty. Her devotion to chamber music was cultivated during her conservatory years, and her concertizing in that area was encouraged through honors in the Vittorio Gui International Competition in Florence, Italy, in 1981.

Maria furthered her piano studies in Stuttgart, Germany, under Professor Konrad Richter. Her studies under Richter and her duties later as assistant in his classes on Lied Interpretation were decisive influences on her further artistic development. Richter initiated the project, "For the Victims of Violence," intended for researching music of composers who lost their lives in concentration camps. Involvement in this project kindled Maria's desire to perform several of these works in concert.

In addition to devoting much of her time to the music of J. S. Bach, Maria Sofianska is active in the making of radio and CD recordings. She is a much sought-after chamber music partner with well-known concert artists in international circles and is a member of the piano faculty at the State Conservatory in Stuttgart, a position she has held since 1990.