Sophia

Sophia offers:

  • Piano lessons
  • Chamber music coaching
  • Audition prep
  • Audition recording
  • Accompanying services

About:

Pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek, described by Second Inversion as playing with “passion and profound tenderness,” maintains an active career as a concert pianist and keyboardist/performer, educator, interdisciplinary collaborator, and event producer.

As a pianist, performing has taken Sophia to South Africa and Mexico, and around the United States, including at the Kennedy Center, the United States State Department, the Canadian Embassy (DC), Polish Cultural Institute (DC), The Apollo Theatre, and National Sawdust.  She has also been presented at The NoiseGate Festival, Queens New Music Festival, Artscape, and Arts Letters & Numbers.

Sophia’s debut album was recently released on innova Recordings with music by Michael HarrisonDonnacha Dennehy, and John Cage.  It was produced by multiple Grammy-winning engineer Adam Abeshouse and features tabla player Nitin Mitta, vocalist Megan Schubert, and Michael Harrison on tanpura.  Of the album, Second Inversion writes, “The result is both an homage to Vastek’s own individual histories but also a beautiful mosaic of the larger cultural intersections of our world—and how we weave those histories together through music.”

With composer David Ibbett, Sophia is a co-founder of Music of Reality, an interdisciplinary concert series and event production organization that celebrates the beauty of the natural and human worlds.  Music of Reality collaborates closely with researchers, scientists, and musicians to present events that explore a topic from multiple angles.

Sophia is one half of Tilted Arc, an electroacoustic duo that creates across genres, with electronic sound artist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Sam Torres.  Together, they create, perform, and produce electroacoustic music.  They also build sound installations and video art.  They released their first album, “Ghost in the Square”, this fall.

Sophia received a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University, Bloomington where she studied with Emile Naoumoff, the last pupil of Nadia Boulanger, and a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music.  She is indebted to her teachers, colleagues, collaborators, and friends who continue to teach her how to ask questions and truly listen.

You can learn more about Sophia at www.sophiavastek.com