Sophia Subbayya Vastek
pianist, composer

Sophia Subbayya Vastek - EPK


Described as performing with "passion and profound tenderness” (Second Inversion) and “serene strokes and lyrical beauty” (Brooklyn Rail), pianist and songwriter Sophia Subbayya Vastek moves quietly between musical worlds. A musician since childhood - growing up with parents who were also pianists - she has developed an intuitive, dynamic playing style over the years that’s rooted in both improvisational exploration and her classical background. The resulting music is ethereal and cinematic, blossoming into neoclassical/ambient-inspired soundscapes that range from whisper-soft echoes to expressive cascades. 

Independent Clauses has described her music as: "Ghostly, delicate, elegant..."

Her most recent LP, In Our Softening (2022) features nine beguiling piano compositions, each track a part of a thoughtfully woven tapestry. The album has been called “a tender and revelatory balm" by editors at I Care If You Listen, “heaven on earth” (Sun 13), and “one of the very best things I've heard all year” by longtime music journalist Steve Smith (Night After Night).

Her debut album, Histories (Innova Recordings, 2017) was produced by Grammy-winning engineer Adam Abeshouse, and described as “a beautiful mosaic of the larger cultural intersections of our world, and how we weave those histories together through music” (Second Inversion). She also released an EP of the complete solo piano works by composer Lili Boulanger (1893-1918), entitled Lili (2020, reissued 2023).

In 2022, Sophia was recognized as a composer by the New York State Council on the Arts and New York Foundation For the Arts (NYSCA/NYFA) as a Music/Sound Fellow, a statewide program focused on the evolution of contemporary art.

She is also a co-founder of Organ Colossal, a nonprofit that produces local musical events and community-oriented music projects in her hometown of Troy, NY, where she currently lives in a converted church with her husband and two cats, MagnifiCAT and Bella (from Twilight).  


“Vastek’s fingers fly...with passion and profound tenderness” -Second Inversion

“....a skillful, sensitive pianist worth watching” -Steve Smith, Night after Night

Additional press can be found here





Praise for “In Our Softening”, Sophia’s most recent LP:

"a tender and revelatory balm..." - Editor's Pick's: 2022, I Care If You Listen

“ of the very best things I've heard all year.” -Night After Night, Steve Smith

"Vastek artfully creates a space that is vulnerable, exquisitely performed, and sensitive..." -I Care If You Listen

"Ghostly, delicate, elegant..." -Independent Clauses

"... feels like heaven on earth." -Sun13


︎find me in troy, ny
︎join my newsletter
(the best way to stay connected)
︎email me ︎bandcamp