Mysteries in the Lives of our Beloved Composers: 

Music by Mozart, Salieri, Beethoven, Chopin, and Brahms

Sofiya Uryvayeva Martin
Music / Arts & Letters

Course Description

There are so many mysteries from the past that remain unsolved. In this concert, the audience will have a glimpse into mysteries in the lives of our beloved composers. Did Salieri really poison Mozart, or not? Did Brahms have an affair with Robert Schumann's wife, Clara? Who was the anonymous "immortal beloved" of Beethoven to whom he wrote passionate love letters? Some of these stories are myths, some are rumors, and some are personal secrets that the Masters tried to hide. Will these mysteries ever be solved? Do they need to be solved? This unique program presents music by composers with mysterious life stories: Mozart, Salieri, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, and Clara Schumann.

About the Instructor

  • Pianist, Dr. Sofiya Uryvayeva Martin has performed with great success throughout the world, including in the United States, Mexico, Switzerland, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Italy, and Austria. She was born in Siberia into a musical family. She graduated from the Odessa Stolyarsky Music School for highly talented children. While in Germany, she earned both Master's and Doctorate degrees in music performance. Her electrifying virtuosity and exquisite musicality brought her numerous prizes in international competitions. In 2014, due to her superlative achievements in the music field, the State Department of the US government granted her American citizenship, a rare privilege reserved for individuals of extraordinary ability, recognizing these honorees as "the best of the best" in their field of endeavor. Sofiya's YouTube channel has become very popular in promoting classical music around the world, with many videos of her live performances. Modern composers from all over the world have dedicated their music to her, and she has performed at numerous world premieres. Sofiya's concerts have been described by critics as "a festival of all the senses," "a magic ride on the witch's broom," and "brilliant technique with soul."