Sophia Subbayya Vastek
musician, softie
est. 1987





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Pianist/composer Sophia Subbayya Vastek moves quietly between musical worlds, seeking out spaciousness in all aspects of her musical life. She has been described as performing with "passion and profound tenderness” (Second Inversion) and “serene strokes and lyrical beauty” (Brooklyn Rail). In all that she does, she aims to create music and spaces for music that are grounded in care. Her newest record, ‘In Our Softening’, features her own compositions and was released in October, 2022. It has been described “as a tender and revelatory balm..." (Editor's Pick's: 2022, I Care If You Listen), “heaven on earth” (Sun 13), and “one of the very best things I've heard all year” (Steve Smith, Night After Night).

Her debut album ‘Histories’ was released on Innova Recordings in 2017, produced by multiple Grammy- winning engineer Adam Abeshouse. Second Inversion described the album as “both an homage to Vastek’s own individual histories but also a beautiful mosaic of the larger cultural intersections of our world—and how we weave those histories together through music.” She has also released the EP ‘Lili’, containing the complete solo piano works of Lili Boulanger.

Sophia is a co-founder of Organ Colossal, a nonprofit that produces local musical events and community-oriented music projects in her hometown of Troy, NY.  Ongoing projects include Troy Street Pianos and The Lift Series in collaboration with the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. 


Sophia lives in a converted church in South Troy with her husband and two cats - MagnifiCAT and Bella (from Twilight). She is a 2022 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow. 



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