Livia Sohn

Hailed by Opus magazine as “a stunning musician,” violinist LIVIA SOHN performs widely on the international stage as concerto soloist, recitalist, and festival guest artist in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. The Strad says “Livia Sohn possesses a remarkably lithe and transparent tone of exceptional purity. [Her] virtually blemishless accounts are nothing short of remarkable. Even when under the most fearsome technical pressure at high velocity, every note rings true with pinpoint accuracy.” An avid chamber musician, Livia is part of the piano trio Latitude 41, which was formed in 2009 with pianist Bernadene Blaha and cellist Luigi Piovano. Their debut CD “Notturno” was released in 2011 to rave reviews. Her most recent CD featuring the Britten Violin Concerto and the world premiere recording of Israeli-American composer Jonathan Berger’s concerto “Jiyeh”, which was written for and dedicated to her, was released this year on Eloquentia. Opera fans love her “Opera Fantasies” recording on Naxos, which features three world premiere transcriptions.

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She can also be heard on iTunes performing the Dvořák and Khachaturian Concertos in a live recording with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, and on Naxos “American Classics” series entitled “Miracles and Mud.” Ms. Sohn gave her first public performance at age eight. At the age of 13, she won First Prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, where she was also awarded the Audience Prize. She attended The Juilliard School Pre-College Division from the age of seven, at which time she began her studies with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. She continued under their tutelage at The Juilliard School, where she also studied chamber music with Felix Galamir. She has been on faculty at the Music Department of Stanford University in California since 2005 and makes her home in the Bay Area with her husband, violinist Geoff Nuttall, and their two young sons. Ms. Sohn made her Newport debut in 1997.