Instructor of Music
Dr. Sofia Kraevska is a Ukrainian-Canadian composer, arranger and classical pianist. Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Sofia began her music studies at an early age. After immigrating to Canada in 1989, she earned a BM in Piano Performance at the University of Ottawa in 2001. Sofia holds a Diplôme Supérieur in Piano Performance from the Schola Cantorum in Paris, France (2000), a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Miami Frost School of Music (2003), and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami in Composition, with a Cognate in Conducting (2009). Sofia's doctoral essay/three-movement orchestral composition, Terra Mirabilis, is published by Proquest. An active composer and performer for over 20 years, Kraevska's works have been premièred in Canada, Ukraine, France, Italy, Poland, Austria and the United States.
Kraevska’s compositions range from classical contemporary to jazz-inspired and electronic. World première venues include Carnegie Hall, Salle Cézar Franck, Paris, the Basilica of the Dominican Friars (Lublin, Poland), and Saints Peter and Paul Garrison Church (Lviv, Ukraine). Her works have been performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the University of Miami Frost Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Youth Orchestra, Choir Dudaryk, the Ibis Camerata, MiamiClarinet, the Vega String Quartet, ONDA ensemble, saxophonists Dale Underwood and Thomas Giles, pianist Liana Pailodze Harron, Libera Cantoria Pisani and the Calixa Lavallee Choral Ensemble, among others. Kraevska's classical recording debut, Noli Me Tangere, was released in 2006 on the Ibis Camerata’s debut album, Glisten (Albany Records). Sofia has performed as a pianist with The Florida Orchestra and Orchestra Indiana, and has concertized at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, France.