Violinist Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg to give a workshop to Maryland Youth Orchestra before her Concert

Nadja Salerno SonnenbergWashington, D.C.­, Jan 17, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio) Internationally-renowned violinist Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg, will conduct a workshop for Maryland Youth Orchestra students at the Music Center at Strathmore before going onstage to perform a concert of works by Mendelssohn, Bach, Villa-Lobos and Richard Strauss with the New Century Chamber Orchestra at the Music Center at Strathmore on January 30, 2013.

Ten dollar student tickets for the concert are available from the WPAS box office at 202-785-9727. The New Century Chamber Orchestra specializes in innovative programming. One of only a handful of conductor-less ensembles in the world, musical decisions are made collaboratively. This will be Salerno-Sonnenberg’s fifth season as music director.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is best known for her passionate interpretations and charismatic personality. She divides her time between solo and chamber performances. Last season she led the New Century Chamber Orchestra on an East Coast Tour, performing the world premiere of the violin concerto by the Orchestra’s 2011-12 season Featured Composer, Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

Salerno-Sonnenberg has recorded more than 20 releases on the EMI and Nonesuch labels and started the NSS Music record label in 2005. In addition to Salerno-Sonnenberg, the label’s roster of artists includes pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, horn player John Cerminaro, pianist/composer Clarice Assad, conductor Marin Alsop, the American String Quartet, the Colorado Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Her NSS recordings include Originis, Live from Brazil for NSS Music, honoring her Italian heritage and the Brazilian heritage of her collaborators, guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad.

Salerno-Sonnenberg has hosted a Backstage/Live from Lincoln Center program for PBS, appeared in the PBS/BBC series The Mind, and talked to Big Bird on Sesame Street. She was the subject of the 2000 Academy Award-nominated film, Speaking in Strings, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The CD of music from the film was released in 1999 by Angel/EMI. Salerno-Sonnenberg has been interviewed and profiled on CBS’s 60 Minutes, 60 Minutes II, and Sunday Morning; CNN’s Newsstand; NBC’s national news and The Tonight Show; A&E’s Artist of the Week with Elliot Forrest; Bravo’s Arts & Minds and The Art of Influence; and PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center, The Charlie Rose Show, and City Arts. Her autobiography On My Way, which was written for children, discusses her experiences as a young musician building a career.

Salerno-Sonnenberg’s professional career began in 1981 when she won the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition. She was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1983 and was Ovations Debut Recording Artist of the Year in 1988. In 1999 she was honored with the Avery Fisher Prize, awarded to instrumentalists who have demonstrated “outstanding achievement and excellence in music.” An American citizen, Ms. 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.

The concert is made possible through the generous support of Bruce Rosenblum and Lori Laitman.

Funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.