Eastern Music Festival Scores a Coup with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
[GREENSBORO, N.C.] – June 8, 2018 – Very few classical artists, regardless of proficiency or peer acclaim, have managed to cross over into the mainstream music world. And it is not hyperbolic to attest that virtually none have had more impact on popular culture than Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.
photo credit to Ken Yanagisawa
Obviously, much of this has to do with her unquestioned mastery of the violin, but her dynamic stage presence, intriguing background, and fearless interpretations also play a part.
The Italian native, now an American citizen, immigrated with her mother to the United States when she was 8 to study at The Curtis Institute of Music. She later studied with Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School. At the tender age of 20 she won the Walter W. Naumberg International Violin Competition, which turned heads worldwide and propelled her career into high gear.
Not surprisingly, a full concert schedule to sold-out audiences, critical and commercial recording success, and an endless array of awards and honors followed. She wrote her autobiography, On My Way, in 1989, which piqued the curiosity of the public and helped her become a media darling and ultimately a household name.
She hosted the Backstage/Live from the Lincoln Center series for PBS, appeared the PBS/BBC series The Mind, even being paired with Big Bird on Sesame Street. In 2000 she as the subject of an intensely personal documentary, Speaking in Strings, which was released theatrically and on HBO, and was nominated for an Academy Award.
More recently, for nine years she was music director of the New Century Chamber Orchestra and, for the past three, the Resident Artist at Loyola University’s College of Music and Fine Arts, as well as numerous guest residencies at universities across the country.
Salerno-Sonnenberg will bring her artistry, passion and musical intelligence to the Eastern Music Festival at Guilford College June 28 when she leads the chamber orchestra performance.
About Eastern Music Festival (EMF)
Eastern Music Festival is an outstanding educational experience for talented, dedicated, young artists between the ages of 14 and 23. The faculty/musicians are teaching artists of the highest order – and the annual student population of 200+ is extraordinary. This coming season, Eastern Music Festival will celebrate 57 years of providing unmatched educational experiences and great performances. The festival begins on June 16 the EMF Chamber Crawl and ends on July 28 with the Festival Orchestra Series.
For more information, please call (336) 333-7450 or visit www.easternmusicfestival.org.