Sofia Diouk, Collaborative Pianist
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Sofia Diouk

Collaborative pianist

Sofia DioukPianist Sofia Diouk started her musical and ballet studies at a conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela. After some years of debating whether to pursue a career in either ballet or music, she made the choice to pursue a career as a pianist while always keeping her love and passion for ballet.

Diouk has studied under the guidance of Anna Yaskevitch, Lina Parenti, Alfonso Montesinos, and Ann Koscelny. She graduated from the V.E. Sojo Conservatory with a degree in music and piano performance and later attended Indiana University at Bloomington as a visiting scholar. Diouk then attended the University of Hartford's The Hartt School, where she received her MM in piano performance with an emphasis in pedagogy.

While still living in Caracas, Diouk served as a faculty member at the East Conservatory of Music, where she taught piano and music theory. During this time, Sofia also held the role of accompanist for the National Ballet and Chamber Opera of Caracas. She performed both solo and chamber music recitals throughout South America, Europe, and the United States, and participated in the IV Bach International Festival in Leipzig, Germany. Upon immigrating to the United States, Diouk held positions as a pianist for the Hartford Ballet, the St. Petersburg [Florida] Ballet, and the Princeton Ballet, working with leading ballet masters.

Since 2010, she has been a staff member in the dance departments at Connecticut College and Wesleyan University. She joined the Hartt Community Division Dance Department in summer 2017. Since 1995, she has also been engaged in a secondary career in counseling, working for the state of Connecticut and formally retiring from state service in 2017.