About Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome


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An internationally acclaimed concert pianist and a passionate music educator, Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome gained international recognition upon winning the International Competition in Senigalia, Italy, at age 15. Subsequently, she was invited to study at the Juilliard School of Music as a full scholarship recipient. She earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in piano performance at Juilliard, studying with legendary teachers Herbert Stessin for piano and Felix Galimir for chamber music.

Throughout her career, Ms. Ovrutsky Fensome has performed in major art centers in the United States including Weill Carnegie Concert Hall, Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Hall in New York, Philadelphia Kimmel Center, and the Aspen Music Festival. Her European tours have taken her to Palace de Beaux Arts of Brussels, Lucerne Music Festival, Moscow Conservatory Hall, Moscow Philharmonic Hall and Rachmaninoff Concert Hall in Russia, and the Musical Festival of Santander, as well as concert halls of Madrid, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Pamplona, Brussels and Rome. She performed as soloist with Aspen Festival Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic, LeHigh Valley Orchestra, Kingsport Philharmonic, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in South Africa, and Neuchatel Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. Ms. Ovrutsky Fensome’s numerous competition awards include Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, Studio Club
Competition in New York, Lehigh Valley – Juilliard Concerto Competition, the Elizabeth Harper Vaugh
Competition in Kingsport, and New York Municipal Concert Award.

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An internationally distinguished collaborative pianist, Ms. Ovrutsky Fensome performed in recitals with world renowned musicians Sarah Chang, Richard Woodhams, and Vladimir Spivakov. Earlier in her career Ms. Ovrutsky Fensome served in the master classes and private lessons of professors Zakhar Bron, Dorothy DeLay, Mauricio Fuks, Felix Galimir, Cho Lian Lin, Robert McDuffy, Peter Oundjian, Itzhak Perlman, Vadim Repin, Sylvia Rosenberg, Eduard Schmieder, and Pinchas Zukerman. She was awarded the Best Accompanying Pianist prize at both the Twelfth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia, in 2002, and the Fifth International Pablo Sarasate Competition in Pamplona, Spain, in 1999. She has recorded the CD “Turning Points” for Berlin Classics® with her brother violinist Mikhail Ovrutsky, released in 2011.

A passionate supporter of music education, Ms. Ovrutsky Fensome founded the Main Line Music Academy, an award-winning music school that has been thriving in the Philadelphia area for over ten years. In 2014 she joined the board of Fanfare – an organization dedicated to helping public school music programs.

She was appointed Director of M. Steinert and Sons’ Natick Piano Academy in September 2014.

Ms. Ovrutsky Fensome currently resides in Harvard, MA with her husband and son.