Sonoko Miriam Shimano Welde

Sonoko Miriam is the winner of the Norwegian Soloist Prize and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s competition “Virtuos”. She represented her country in last year’s Young Musicians Competition (European Broadcasting Union) in Cologne, performing in front of millions of TV viewers. This summer she is appearing as a soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic (under the baton of maestro Andrew Litton) and giving concerts at Amsterdam’s Grachten Festival , the Bergen International Festival, Valdres Festival and Baroniet Rosendal (Hardanger, Norway).

As a soloist Sonoko Miriam has already played with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, Zagreb Soloists, Oslo Camerata and Ung Symfoni, appearing at venues such as Tokyo Opera City Hall, Osaka Izumi Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Oslo Opera House. She has performed at festivals such as Bergen International Festival, Next Generation Festival (Bad Ragaz, Switzerland), ArtLink (Belgrade), Ljubljana Festival, Oslo International Chamber Music Festival, Valdres Festival and Norsjø Chamber Music Fest. She has also given recitals in Iceland, Japan and USA. An active chamber musician, Sonoko Miriam has performed with famous artists such as Leif Ove Andsnes, Ivry Gitlis, Dora Schwarzberg and Itamar Golan, and she is also a founding member of the up and coming Opus13 String Quartet.

Born and raised in Bergen in 1996, Sonoko Miriam started to play the violin at the tender age of five. Currently she is studying under Prof. Stephan Barratt-Due at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo, while also receiving lessons from famous Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang. Former teachers include the renowned Alf Richard Kraggerud and Henning Kraggerud. Sonoko Miriam is featured on the CD Nine Solos for Nine Violinists (Grappa Records).

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

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Short Profile

NameShimano Welde, Sonoko Miriam
Date of Birth1996-03-07
Born inNorway, Europe
Home LocationOslo, Norway
Main languageNorwegian
Additional languages Japanese,  English 
attended UniversitiesBarratt Due Institute of Music
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