ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Internationally acclaimed pianist Sonya Ovrutsky has appeared on stages of major concert halls around the world, including Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall and Aspen Music Festival. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Ms.Ovrutsky began her studies at the tender age of 3 under the guidance of her father Ilya Ovrutsky, who at the time was a soloist with the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra in Moscow. Believing that early start is the best for a musician, Mr.Ovrutsky nurtured Sonya's talent by exposing her to musical concepts using engaging teaching techniques in a form which was accessible to a young child. At the age of 5, Ms.Ovrutsky began taking piano lessons with her mother Alexandra and continued her musical education at the Special School for Gifted Children in Moscow. Soon after Ms. Ovrutsky was performing in concert halls of Moscow and other cities in Russia.

Recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Ovrutsky won the International Piano Competition in Senigalia, Italy at age fifteen. Soon after she was accepted at The Juilliard School, where she studied with Herbert Stessin. Subsequently she was awarded first prizes at the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, Lehigh Valley–Juilliard Competition, the Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Competition in Kingsport, and special prizes at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia, and at the Pablo Sarasate Competition in Pamplona, Spain.

Ms.Ovrutsky regularly performs with her brother Mikhail and has collaborated in concerts and master classes with Dorothy DeLay, Felix Galimir, David Kim, Robert McDuffie, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Richard Woodhams, Zakhar Bron, and Vladimir Spivakov.

Passionate educator, Ms.Ovrutsky has taught piano in Spain, Russia, and the United States. In 2004 she founded the Main Line Music Academy, fulfilling her lifelong dream of creating a school, dedicated to bringing the wonderful world of music to children of all ages.