Canadian violinist, Sophia Anna Szokolay, made her international solo debut in 2013, touring with the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra and giving recitals throughout Hungary. Described by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as having "serene composure that [directs] her astonishing chops to the most satisfying musical ends," she has also appeared as soloist with the Toronto Sinfonietta, Etobicoke Philharmonic, Scarborough Symphony, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. A passionate chamber musician, Sophia is a founding member of the Ivani Quartet, first prize winners at the 2017 Plowman International Chamber Competition and Bronze medalists at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Mentored by Paul Katz, Merry Peckham and Barry Shiffman, the Ivani Quartet was invited this year to the Julliard String Quartet Seminar and Bowdoin International Music Festival.
Hailing from a family of musicians, Sophia began her violin studies at the age of 3. At 13 she became a pupil of David Zafer, Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto and served as concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Sophia graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music Taylor Academy under the tutelage of Barry Shiffman and Victor Danchenko in 2015, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor Degree at the New England Conservatory, studying with renowned violinist and pedagogue Miriam Fried. Sophia currently plays on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, on generous loan from the New England Conservatory.