Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome: Our New Steinert Piano Academy Director
November 4, 2014 •Chuck Johnson
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” -Einstein
We are very pleased to welcome Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome as the Director of the Steinert Piano Academy in Natick. Our students, of all ages, will benefit from her great talent and deep experience as a performer and music educator.
Sonya has taught piano in Spain, Russia, and the United States. In 2004 she founded the Main Line Music Academy in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, fulfilling her lifelong dream of creating a school dedicated to bringing the wonderful world of music to children of all ages. Now she is bringing this passion for teaching to the Steinert Piano Academy in Natick as we welcome students in our newly expanded performance and instructional studio.
A Lifetime of Piano Excellence
An internationally acclaimed concert pianist and music educator, Sonya is a graduate of the Julliard School of Music, and has performed in major concert venues across the United States and around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Aspen Music Festival in the U.S., and the Palace de Beaux Arts in Brussels, Lucerne Music Festival in Switzerland, Moscow Conservatory Hall, and concert halls in Madrid, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Rome, and South Africa.
Sonya began her studies at the tender age of three under the guidance of her father Ilya Ovrutsky, who at the time was a soloist with the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra in Moscow. Believing that an 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 that was accessible to a young child. At the age of five, Sonya began taking piano lessons with her mother Alexandra, and continued her musical education at the Special School for Gifted Children in Moscow. Soon after Sonya was performing in concert halls of Moscow and other cities in Russia.
The 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.
Continuing Her Concert Career
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.
What People Are Saying About Sonya’s Teaching
"Thanks for the wonderful evening. We enjoyed the performances immensely. I heard many, many performances of the Rach preludes. Your interpretation is refreshing, and your performance is second to none. Bravo! Our thanks also goes to Steinert & Sons company for nurturing/grooming the next generation of artists, and preserving the cultural tradition. We enjoyed our stay at your store." – Ning Jiang, Providence RI, a parent whose daughter recently participated in a master class conducted by Sonya at the Steinert Piano Academy.
“This was an amazing experience. Sonya is an outstanding artist, wonderful musician and teacher, very warm with the audience. What a perfect match for the Steinert Piano Academy.” - Tamara Isaakov, Piano Teacher, Gnessin's Music Institute, Moscow
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