Director, Head Teacher, and Artist in Resident, Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome has joined M. Steinert and Sons in 2014. Her commitment to teaching and inspiring young people in their study of piano music has been recognized with the Top Teacher Award by Steinway & Sons for several consecutive years.
Ms. Ovrutsky Fensome’s performances are known for their fresh, imaginative, and passionate interpretation. Her extraordinary artistry brings new life to a wide array of piano repertoire, from Baroque to the 21st Century. She has performed in major venues in the United States, Europe, Russia, and South Africa – including Weill Carnegie Concert Hall and Lincoln Center in NY, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Aspen Music Festival, Palace de Beaux Arts in Brussels, and Lucerne Music Festival. She performed as a soloist with the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic, and Neuchatel Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. She has performed in recitals with world-renowned musicians including Sarah Chang and Vladimir Spivakov, and continuously collaborates with her brother Mikhail Ovrutsky. Earlier in her career she worked as a collaborative pianist in the master classes and private lessons of professors Zakhar Bron, Dorothy DeLay, Mauricio Fuks, Itzhak Perlman, Vadim Repin, and Pinchas Zukerman. Her numerous competition awards include the Aspen Music Festival Competition and Concert Artist Competition in New York. Her duo CD with Mikhail Ovrutsky, “Turning Points” recorded for Berlin Classics® has earned outstanding reviews and was selected as “CD of the Week” by RBB
Kultur radio. Ms. Ovrutsky Fensome holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from The Juilliard School. She attended on a full scholarship, studying with legendary professors Herbert Stessin for piano and Felix Galimir for chamber music.