Sophia Suwiryo, USA
Sophia Suwiryo is a fourth grader at St. Mary School Hyde Park. She has been studying piano in the Preparatory Department of University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music with Dr. Takako Hayase Frautschi since she was 4 years old. She is the recipient of a number of scholarships in CCM Preparatory.
Sophia was mentioned on WCPO and ABC News in February 2018 as a 9-year-old child prodigy. She performed with Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the conductor, John Morris Russell described her as “amazing" and "brilliant". She was also invited as a special guest on “Steve” Harvey TV show at Hollywood in April 2018.
Sophia has received many awards from piano competitions such as first prize winner in the junior category Chopin International Piano Competition Hartford, CT, judges distinction award and first place winner American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music 2018, first place winner Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition, gold medal from AADGT International Young Musicians Festival, grand prize winner in the Rising Talent Music Festival and Nathaniel Patch Competition, first place winner and exceptional young talent special prize in Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, first place winner Piano ENKOR International Music Competition, National Gold Medal from The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program, and first place winner 2017 Jack & Lucille Wonnel Young Artist Concerto Competition and performed with Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. She also performed four times in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Sophia loves to perform frequently, and she is proud that some of the performances have helped to raise funds for charities like Dragonfly Foundation, Music Cure Fundraising, Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, and California Biochar Association. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, drawing, and competing in chess tournaments.