Sophia Pavlenko Chandley
Sophia Pavlenko is an extraordinary talent in constant demand for her abilities as a soloist, ensemble player, accompanist, and competition judge. For the last ten years, she has been perhaps best known as the star of the Paul and Sophia Piano Duo.
A gifted prodigy, Sophia now has over 300 serious compositions to her credit. On the international scene, she is commonly regarded as one of the most gifted young Ukrainian composers and pianists of her generation. Her presence in Troy, North Carolina has already gained Troy’s music conservatory, the Trinity Music Academy, national and international recognition.
She has toured extensively throughout the world and has traveled to all 48 states of the contiguous U.S. Over the last two years, she has presented 87 concerts in North Carolina alone. Her musical compositions, including her astounding 1st and 2nd Piano Concertos, have been regularly featured by the Kiev Symphony and Chorus and the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. Her “The Parables” is a major new oratorio in English about the parables of Christ. It was given its world debut at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Troy with the composer performing on the Clara Capel Memorial Pipe Organ (Walker, London). Sophia has been featured on PBS television and in Our State Magazine for her contributions in bringing world caliber music to North Carolina. Recently, the Durham Symphony under the direction of William Curry commissioned and featured Sophia's arrangements of three American spirituals for a Paul Roberson show performed by Jason McKinney. In recent months, the Kiev Symphony performed Sophia's chamber music on tour across Canada and Ukraine.
She is now a seasoned veteran on faculty at the Trinity Music Academy. She is the Academy’s premier Studio Instructor in applied piano performance and serves as TMA’s permanent Composer-in-Residence.
Sophia’s hometown is Kiev, Ukraine. While there, she was a pianist and composer for the Kiev Symphony and Chorus for five years before coming to the U.S. She was in constant demand as a performer in Ukraine appearing on Kiev National Television. After 9 years of study at the elite Lysenko Conservatory in Kiev, Sophia studied for four more years at one of the most prestigious music schools in the world, the Gliere Conservatory. Made famous as Vladimir Horowitz’s school, the Gliere is the pinnacle of the Ukrainian national conservatory system. While there, Sophia was fortunate to be under the tutelage of the world renowned master teacher Lidia Nikolaevna Kovtiukh. Sophia was the United States representative to the International Vladimir Horowitz Piano Competition which has been delayed. Sophia has been a judge for the North Carolina Piano Concerto Competition and is a founding board member of Opera Experience Southeast, and she is dedicated to the promotion of young opera talent.
Paul Chandley received his undergraduate degree in performance from the University of North Carolina and his master’s and doctoral degrees in performance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Ranked at the top of his class he graduated with highest honors.
He is an experienced recitalist and the winner of a number of piano competitions including the International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition and the Czerny Foundation Piano Competition. Paul is also a Rotary Scholar where he served in Germany and Austria. He has been a pianist both at the Metropolitan Opera and on Broadway and he has appeared with orchestras and opera houses around the world. For six years he was the director and general manager of the Bayside Opera Company in New York City. He has also served on numerous artistic advisory boards for a variety of music festivals and events around the country including the International Mozart Festival in Chicago.
He has taught at a number of institutions including the Mozart Conservatory in Austria, the Prince Regent Conservatory in Germany, and the New School for Social Research in New York City. He has represented the U.S. as an artist at the United Nations, the Turkish Embassy of Austria, the Italian Embassy of Austria, and the United Nations Diplomatic Corps of Germany. He is currently the Executive Director of the Trinity Music Academy in Troy, NC, Principal Conductor of Opera Experience Southeast, and Director of Music at the Trinity United Methodist Church. He has been a regular guest conductor for the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, the Kiev Symphony, the Rockhill Opera Company, the Kansas City Opera Company and the Opera Company of North Carolina. Paul founded and currently directs Montgomery County’s regional 40 piece orchestra in residence at the Academy.