Sonoko Miriam Welde


"It was a delight to hear Welde's natural affinity with her instrument."

Magnus Andersson, Klassekampen

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Sonoko Miriam Welde is the winner of the Norwegian Soloist Prize and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s competition “Virtuos”.

Since her first performance with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of nine, she has appeared as a soloist with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Zagreb Soloists, Oslo Camerata, Ung Symfoni and the Estonian Chamber Orchestra with conductors including Andrew Litton, Rory Macdonald, Johannes Gustavsson and Peter Szilvay in concertos by Mendelssohn, Bruch, Bach and Mozart.

She has performed at venues including Tokyo Opera City Hall, Osaka Izumi Hall, Wigmore Hall, Grieg Hall Bergen and the Oslo Opera House.

An enthusiastic chamber musician, Sonoko Miriam has performed with many leading musicians, including Leif Ove Andsnes, Tabea Zimmermann, Clemens Hagen, and Itamar Golan and has been invited to many festivals for both chamber music and recitals, including Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Bergen International Festival, ArtLink (Belgrade), Røros Vinterfestspill, Oslo Chamber Music Festival, the Bad Ragaz “Next Generation” Festival, the Harpa Festival (Reykjavik), Norsjø Chamber Music Festival.

Her principle teacher in recent years has been Prof. Stephan Barratt-Due and from April 2016 she studies with Prof. Kolja Blacher at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin, while also regularly receiving lessons from violinist Vilde Frang.

Sonoko Miriam recently performed at the Oslo Philharmonic 2016 summer concert and has been chosen for their prestigious Crescendo mentoring programme. She returned to perform the Sibelius violin concerto with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Autumn 2016 as part of the “Virtuos” competition. She was also awarded the Statoil Talent 2016 Scholarship. Previous winners of the Statoil Talent Scholarship fund include fellow Norwegian artists Leif Ove Andsnes, Vilde Frang, Tine Thing Helseth and Christian Ihle Hadland.

Forthcoming engagements include recitals with Sergio Tiempo and a collaboration with the 1B1 Ensemble at the Bergen International Festival.

Sonoko Miriam plays a 1714 Alessandro Gagliano kindly on loan from Dextra Musica.

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Sonoko Miriam Welde interview

Strad Magazine (October 2016)

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Brahms Piano Quartet in A major -alongside Leif Ove Andsnes, Tabea Zimmermann and Clemens Hagen

Oslo Opera House (April 2016)

Christian Tetzlaff was replaced by young Sonoko Miriam Welde , Virtuos winner of 2014 and this 19 year-old is already an established soloist . Welde convinced to such a degree that we quickly forgot that she was a substitute. We look forward to following her for many, many years to come.

Tori Skrede, Verdens Gang

One might think that such a young musician would be the weak link the ensemble, but instead, she made the concert one of those rare highlights… Andsnes, who had played the Brahms with her before, knew exactly what he was working with. She lifted the music to unpredictable heights and drove it to the final chord through a plethora of emotions.

Astrid Kvalbein, Aften Posten

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3

Norwegian National Youth Orchestra (August 2014)

It was a delight to hear Welde's natural contact/relation with her instrument.

Magnus Andersson, Klassekampen

Bruch Violin Concerto at Virtuos Norwegian Broadcasting Competition

Norwegian Radio Orchestra (February 2014)

The winner demonstrates a physical and technical surplus and has a natural, effortless relationship with her instrument. She has a great understanding of the different characteristics of the piece - and shows a special ability for making music together with the orchestra and to capture the audience (and jury) with an infectious presence.

Virtuos Jury 2014

Sonoko Miriam Welde Chamber Repertoire

J.S BACH Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12
BRAHMS Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78
Scherzo in C minor from F.A.E Sonata
CHAUSSON Poème, Op. 25
DEBUSSY Sonata in G minor, L140
DVORAK ARR. KREISLER Songs My Mother Taught Me
ELGAR Sonata in E minor, Op. 82
GRIEG Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 8
Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45
HANDEL ARR. HALVORSEN Passacaglia for Violin and Viola or Cello
KREISLER Liebesleid, Tempo di Menuetto, etc
R. SCHUMANN Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105
Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
SINDING Suite in A minor, Op. 10
THOMMESSEN Cantabile (Etude-Cadenza)
YSAYE Sonata No.4 in E Minor, “Fritz Kreisler”

Sonoko Miriam Welde Concerto Repertoire

J.S BACH Concerto for Oboe and Violin in D minor, BWV 1060
Concerto for two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042
BRUCH Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 26
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K216
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
SINDING Suite in A minor, Op. 10
TCHAIKOVSKY Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op. 42
VIVALDI Four Seasons

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