Bio courtesy of Sophia Stoyanovich
Hailed as “…a spectacular young violinist” by Seattle Times Music Critic Bernard Jacobson, American-born violinist Sophia Stoyanovich has captivated audiences since her premiere at age ten with the Bremerton Symphony. She has soloed with numerous orchestras including highlights with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall, and has performed across North America, Europe, Russia, China and Vietnam. Recent highlights include prizes at the Les Musicales du Centre Paris Competition and Vršac International Music Competition, featured artist on The Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center’s Masterclass Series, Classical King FM’s Northwest Focus Live, and the University of Washington Women’s Society Recital Series. Upcoming engagements for 2020-2021 season include debuts with the Santa Monica College Symphony, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Crocker Art Museum Concert Series, and travels to Athens, Greece for performances with Leonidas Kavakos as part of the 2021 International Violin Masterclass Series.
Ms. Stoyanovich presented her first professional solo recital for the Collected Works Concert Series at age twelve, and continues as a frequent recitalist in New York City and at home in Seattle, Washington. Ms. Stoyanovich received Gold Medal at the 2016 New York International Virtuosi Competition, and nominated Audience Prize at the 2018 Frances Walton Competition. This past summer she won 1st place at the New York Golden Classical Competition with an invitation to perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In addition, Ms. Stoyanovich was a semi-finalist at the 2019 Ysaye International Competition in Liège, Belgium and 2019 Harbin International Violin Competition in China.
Ms. Stoyanovich’s firm belief in community engagement has influenced her identity as an artist. In March of 2014, Ms. Stoyanovich traveled to Vietnam where she hosted masterclasses and performed for students in Hoi An, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City, as a traveling artist with the About Face Foundation. She has in addition collaborated with NPR’s From The Top as soloist and active community member, working with students throughout the Washington state area. Most recently, Ms. Stoyanovich has produced a new podcast series entitled American Stories. A collaboration with long-time friend and fellow Juilliard-alumni, Derek Wang, American Stories celebrates American concert music in all its diversity as a mirror to the stories of people living in our country today.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Stoyanovich serves as Communications Director and violinist of The Versoi Ensemble, which had its November 2018 New York debut at Merkin Hall reviewed to much acclaim by New York Classical Review and The Strad Magazines. The Versoi Ensemble toured Finland in August of 2019 and will return for their tour of the USA next season, pursuing their belief in international cultural diplomacy through chamber music. Ms. Stoyanovich is also a representing artist on the Bailu Music Artists Roster as of 2019.
The daughter of Pacific Northwest-based composer Patrick Stoyanovich, Ms. Stoyanovich’s passion for the modern music of our time has influenced her collaboration on several world premieres with mezzo-soprano, Sarah Mattox, and The St. Cecilia Music Festival including commissioned works, “Cantos de San Juan de la Cruz”, and songs of “Saint Thomas Aquinas” by Patrick Stoyanovich. Ms. Stoyanovich premiered Patrick Stoyanovich’s ‘Shiloh’ Quartet at the Bowery Poetry Society in October of 2016. She continues to collaborate with composers across the country and currently is commissioning works for her series, American Stories.
Ms. Stoyanovich currently performs with Symphony in C and The Montclair Orchestras, and has attended the Barenboiem-Said Akademie and Kronberg Masterclasses in Germany, the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Schleswig-Holstein Musik, and Sarasota Music Festivals. She was a Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, National Youth Orchestra of the United States, Marrowstone Music Festival, Indiana University String Academy, and Interlochen Arts Academy.
Ms. Stoyanovich has participated in numerous masterclasses including working with András Keller, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Chaim Taub, Ida Kavafian, Gil Shaham, Daniel Hope, Robert Chen, Sheryl Staples, Tjeerd Top, and Donald Weilerstein.
Ms. Stoyanovich received her Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Li Lin, as recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship and the Drs. & Kassie Biros Neuman Scholarships. She performs on a 1930 Berger Violin made in New York City.