The ANU School of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of Ukrainian-born pianist Dr Sonya Lifschitz, who will be joining the School as Lecturer in Performance (Piano).
Sonya is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative and creative musical voices. In 2015, Sonya made her critically acclaimed solo debut in New York’s BargeMusic series, with other season highlights including performances at the Banff Centre (Canada), the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes and Spotlight series, the Melbourne, Darwin and Port Fairy Festivals, 3MBS Marathon, the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and a collaboration between visual artist Angela Cavalieri, iconic Melbourne arts venue fortyfivedownstairs, and Sonya’s contemporary ensemble Press, Play, of which she is the co-founder and artistic co-director.
Sonya is increasingly active as a music curator and director, pushing to expand the existing parameters of performance culture and concert experience in Australia. In 2015 she curated and directed a critically-acclaimed multi-disciplinary project (Canzone) for the Melbourne Festival, working at the intersection of visual art, music, and animated projections.
Sonya will join cellist David Pereira and violinist Tor Fromyhr to form a formidable trio, which feature widely in the School's Outreach and will be a drawcard for prospective students from across the country.
The Head of School Professor Kenneth Lampl, staff and students of the School of Music would like to welcome Sonya to the ANU School of Music.
Listen to Sonya's recordings.