Sonoko Miriam Welde

Violin

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

Magnus Andersson, Klassekampen

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Sonoko Miriam Welde is one of the most exciting young violinists to emerge from Norway in recent years. Born in Bergen in 1996 she made her debut with the Bergen Philharmonic aged nine and has since gone on to win the Norwegian Soloist Prize and Virtuos competition, as well as representing Norway in the European Broadcasting Union’s Young Musicians Competition. She is currently on the Crescendo programme, being mentored by Janine Jansen, and a recipient of a Statoil Talent Scholarship.

Her appearances include concertos with Oslo Philharmonic, 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, Johannes Gustavsson and Peter Szilvay.

An enthusiastic chamber musician, Sonoko has been championed by Leif Ove Andsnes, with whom she performs regularly, and has also worked with Tabea Zimmermann, Clemens Hagen, Sergio Tiempo, Enrico Pace and Itamar Golan.  She appears frequently at the Bergen International Festival and has given recitals at Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Risør Chamber Music Festival, ArtLink Belgrade, Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Bad Ragaz “Next Generation” Festival, Harpa Festival Reykjavik and Norsjø Chamber Music Festival.

Sonoko opens the 17/18 Season performing the Barber Violin Concerto with Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and then has concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica and Bergen Philharmonic. Further ahead she plays with the Orchestre Chambre de Lausanne and Oslo Philharmonic with Joshua Weilerstein.

Sonoko studies with Stephan Barratt-Due in Oslo and Kolja Blacher at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin and has benefitted from regular lessons with Vilde Frang and Henning Kraggerud.

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

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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 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

BARBER

Violin Concerto, Op. 14

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

PROKOFIEV

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19

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

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”

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