LEEDS Gold Medalist Sofya Gulyak will perform with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Olivier Ochanine in a special concert on March 13, 2013 at eight in the evening, at the Philamlife Auditorium, United Nations Ave., Manila.

The programme consists of Symphony #4 in E minor Op.98 by Johannes Brahms, and Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major Op. 83 also by Johannes Brahms.

Gulyak was awarded the 1st prize and the Princess Mary Gold Medal at the Sixteenth Leeds International Piano Competition in September 2009, becoming the first woman to ever do so since the competition began in 1961. The Leeds, as the competition is informally and affectionately called, is acknowledged to be among the world’s top ten piano competitions including the Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Rubinstein and America’s Van Cliburn. Held every three years, The Leeds is held in the City of Leeds, inspiring pianistic excellence and world-class musicianship.

Gulyak has won many prestigious piano competitions such as the William Kapell International Piano Competition in USA (1st prize); Maj Lind Helsinki International Piano Competition; Tivoli Piano Competition in Copenhagen; Gyeongnam International Piano Competiton in South Korea; San Marino Piano Competiton; Busoni Piano Competition in Italy (2nd prize); and Marguerite Long Piano Competition in Paris (3rd prize). She also served as a jury member at the international piano competitions in Italy, Serbia and Greece.

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