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Resident Artist 2015-2017

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Passion, excitement, and innovation are the hallmarks of internationally acclaimed soloist and chamber musician Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s artistry. Praised for her compelling performances, daring interpretations and dedication to her craft, she is one of today’s leading violinists, renowned for her work on the concert stage, in the recording studio, and highly respected for her vision and guidance as music director of the San Francisco-based New Century Chamber Orchestra, which she joined in January 2008. With successful careers in both the solo and chamber music worlds, Nadja continues to enthrall audiences of all ages.

Engagements of note this summer include performances at Italy’s Rome Chamber Music Festival, with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra in Argentina, the Minnesota Beethoven Festival and California’s Cabrillo Festival. A US tour with the Moscow State Symphony, performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Oregon, Milwaukee, and Colorado symphonies and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra are just some of the 2014-2015 season highlights.

A powerful and creative presence on the recording scene, Nadja continues to add to the offerings of her own record label, NSS Music, which she started in 2005. The label’s roster of artists includes Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg, 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. In addition to her over twenty releases on the EMI and Nonesuch labels, Nadja has also made several recordings for NSS MUSIC (www.nssmusic.com), featuring both concerto and chamber pieces. The latest release, From A To Z (May 2014), is an all-commissions CD featuring violin concertos by Clarice Assad, William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, all commissioned by New Century since Nadja joined the ensemble.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s exceptional artistry is paired with great musical intelligence which, along with her unique personality, have served her well in numerous environments – she has hosted the Backstage/Live from Lincoln Center program for PBS, appeared in the PBS/BBC series The Mind, and with Big Bird on Sesame Street. She was the subject of the 2000 Academy Award-nominated film, Speaking in Strings, an intensely personal documentary on her life, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was released in theaters nationwide, and subsequently premiered on HBO’s Signatures channel in 1999. Included among her numerous television interviews and profiles are CBS’ 60 Minutes, 60 Minutes II, and Sunday Morning; CNN’s Newsstand; NBC’s National News and Newsstand; NBC’s National News and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson; Bravo’s Arts & Minds; PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center, and The Charlie Rose Show. On the publishing front, Nadja: On My Way, her autobiography written for children discussing her experiences as a young musician building a career, was published by Crown Books in 1989. Nadja has appeared in numerous publications ranging from The Strad, Gramophone and Strings to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, among many.

Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg’s professional career began in 1981 when she won the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition. In 1983 she was recognized with an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in 1988 was Ovations Debut Recording Artist of the Year. In 1999, Nadja was honored with the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, awarded to instrumentalists who have demonstrated “outstanding achievement and excellence in music.” In May of that same year, she was awarded an honorary Master of Musical Arts from the New Mexico State University, the first honorary degree the University has ever awarded. 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.

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

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PAST CONCERTS

Fall 2015

Masterclass: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
October 2, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.
Nunemaker Auditorium (3rd floor of Monroe Hall)
Free and Open to the public, no ticket required

An Afternoon of Chamber Music featuring Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & Friends
October 4, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Nunemaker Auditorium

$40 General Admission
$10 Students with I.D.

$10 Loyola Faculty/Staff
$10 Seniors (ages 62+)

Join us in welcoming Internationally acclaimed soloist and chamber musician Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg as she makes her debut performance as Resident Artist in the Loyola School of Music. Praised for her compelling performances, daring interpretations and dedication to her craft, she is one of today’s leading violinists and we are thrilled to invite you to see Nadja perform side-by-side with faculty. Playing music by Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and Borodin and featuring Yui Asano, piano and Allen Nisbet, Bruce Owen and Amy Thiaville, members of the James Carter String Quartet. The concert will be followed by Question & Answer session with Nadja.

November 6, 2015 | Master Class: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
1:30 p.m., Nunemaker Auditorium (located on the 3rd floor of Monroe Hall)
Free and Open to the public, no ticket required

November 7, 2015 | Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra
7:30 p.m.
Louis J. Roussel Hall (corner of Calhoun St. and St. Charles Ave.)
$40 General Admission
$10 Students with I.D., 
Loyola Faculty/Staff, Seniors (ages 62+)

Loyola University New Orleans is honored to have as its first artist-in-residence in music internationally acclaimed concert violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.  Please join us at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall at Loyola for a once-in-a-lifetime performance, as she presents the Loyola Chamber Orchestra as a conductor-less ensemble. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience an intimate and personal performance with a world-class talent. To our great joy, she recently began her engagement as Loyola University’s first Resident Artist in Music, developing a unique and sea-changing shift in the way a university’s school of music teaches string music.

A conductor-less ensemble provides a powerful experience for the orchestra – and for the audience. With no conductor, an ensemble must constantly communicate with one another, carrying on a conversation with their eyes and instruments as they work together to stay on cue and in sync. From her chair, Salerno-Sonnenberg will lead the Loyola student ensemble with bodily cues.

Saturday’s historic event marks one of four opportunities to see this global talent perform in concert at Loyola during the 2015-2016 academic year. The concert repertoire includes: Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major; Meditation from Thais by Jules Massenet; Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, for which Salerno-Sonnenberg will perform as soloist; and the Holberg Suite, by Edvard Greig. We could not be more proud to offer you this exclusive opportunity to see such an incredible talent perform with our students for the first time on our home stage. 

Spring 2016

Masterclass: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
January 29, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
Nunemaker Auditorium (located on the 3rd floor of Monroe Hall)
Free and Open to the public, no ticket required

The Strings Live at Loyola
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Mark O'Connor with the Loyola Symphony Orchestra
January 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Roussel Hall (corner of Calhoun St. and St. Charles Ave.)
$75 preferred plus reception
$55 reserved seating
$20 students with I.D.
$20 seniors (62+)
$20 Loyola faculty/staff

Masterclass: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
March 11, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
Nunemaker Auditorium (located on the 3rd floor of Monroe Hall)
Free and Open to the public, no ticket required

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra
March 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Roussel Hall (corner of Calhoun St. and St. Charles Ave.)
$40 General Admission
$10 Students with I.D.

$10 Loyola Faculty/Staff
$10 Seniors (ages 62+)

 

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