Passion, excitement, and innovation are the hallmarks of internationally acclaimed soloist and chamber musician Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s artistry. Highly regarded for her compelling performances, daring interpretations and dedication to her craft, she is one of today’s leading violinists, renowned for her work on the concert stage, in the recording studio, and her role as music director of the San Francisco-based New Century Chamber Orchestra, which she joined in 2008. With successful careers in both the solo and chamber music worlds, Salerno-Sonnenberg continues to enthrall audiences of all ages.
A powerful and creative presence on the recording scene, Salerno-Sonnenberg continues to enrich the collection of her record label, NSS Music. The latest release (May 2014) is From A to Z, an all-New Century Chamber Orchestra commissions CD featuring Salerno-Sonnenberg as soloist in works by Clarice Assad, William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. As well, she has recorded more than 20 releases on the EMI and Nonesuch labels.
Salerno-Sonnenberg has appeared on television numerous times, including CBS’ 60 Minutes, 60 Minutes II, and Sunday Morning; and CNN’s Newsstand; and was the subject of the 2000 Academy Award-nominated film, Speaking in Strings, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her autobiography, Nadja: On My Way, was published by Crown Books in 1989.
Salerno-Sonnenberg’s professional career began in 1981 when she won the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition. She is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and an Avery Fisher Prize. An American citizen, Salerno-Sonnenberg was born in Rome and emigrated to the United States at the age of eight to study at The Curtis Institute of Music. She later studied with Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School. She returns to the Cabrillo Festival as soloist for the Grand Finale concerts at Mission San Juan Bautista on Sunday, August 10, in works by Clarice Assad and Michael Daugherty.
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