Livyka Shtirbu-Sokolov: the piano “tamer”

Livyka Shtirbu-Sokolov is a young pianist from Moldova who partnered with this instrument since the age of six and a half

The piano is one of the noblest musical instruments. If you get to possess it black and white keys, you have the chance to play the most divine sounds. Livyka Shtirbu-Sokolov is a young pianist from Moldova who partnered with this instrument since the age of six and a half. Now she is 16 years old, but remained faithful to the piano, conquering stages and people’s hearts from many countries worldwide. Livyka had the opportunity to participate in famous contests and festivals, along with the most famous names in music. And that's not all...


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First name, last name: Livyka Shtirbu-Sokolov
Date of birth: 06.01.1998
Place of birth: Chisinau
Domain of activity: Arts
Achievements: she successfully defended two solo concerts in Switzerland and Germany


  • I started playing the piano at age of six and a half

I inherited the love for music from my parents, whom I would like thank a lot for their support. Now I'm in ninth grade, at the Republican High School of Music "Ciprian Porumbescu" in Chisinau, in Mrs. Tatiana Sviridov’s class, who is a Master of Arts.

My debut on stage was in 2006, at the Organ Hall in Chisinau. I received then the title of "Brilliant Debut" from Mrs. Larisa Zubcu, the Organ Hall director. I think that performance was successful, because many other performances followed afterwards.


  • I participated in many concerts, competitions and festivals, each one being unique in its own way

I got various experiences from every event, I experienced emotions at the highest level possible and I met many friends. I played alongside the great artist, Vladimir Spivakov, in 2008, during the "Moscow meets Friends" Festival. In 2010 I was the youngest participant at the "Menuhin Festival" in Gstaad, Switzerland. I repeated the same performance in 2012. Also in Switzerland I have won the special prize Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the international ambassador of the "Terre des Hommes" Foundation (2009). We performed in 2010 at the festival "Rising stars in the Kremlin", under the patronage of the Russian First Lady Svetlana Medvedeva. At the famous "Delphic Games" I won two medals for our country - the gold medal in 2010 (Chisinau, Moldova) and silver medal in 2013 (Novosibirsk, Russia). My latest performance was on the international stage of this year's Eurovision Song Musician in Germany. It was the first time when our country, Moldova, participated in this competition, and it was me who had the great honor to represent my country.


  • With great joy I performed in my home country – Moldova, as well

I got the first prize at the National Competition of Young Musicians "Antonina Lucinschi" (2008), first place at the International Festival "Golden Wings" (2009) and I did also perform at the International Festival of Arts "Native Land" where I also won the first place.


  • Every success means many hours of intense work

I invested my heart and worked for hours in order to perform at each concert, festival or competition. Without work and passion I could not go too far. I wish to get the chance to perform in many countries around the world and have a wide repertoire of songs.


  • I have many favorite composers

P. I. Tchaikovsky, A.N. Skriabin, R.Shchedrin, M. Bruch, B. Bartok, S. Rachmaninov, D. Shostakovich, S. Prokofiev, G. Verdi. Their songs inspire me and I even play them passionately at the piano.


  • I like to read during my free time

My favorite works are "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Marquez and "Conversations with God" by Neale Donald Walsh. I am passionate about astrology, all kinds of mystical information and numerology. However, I believe that destiny is in our hands!