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Acclaimed Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joins Loyola Chamber for Nov. 7 Concert

Loyola press release - November 3, 2015

Leading violinist will transform Loyola’s chamber orchestra and pedagogy

Internationally acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the Loyola Chamber Orchestra will give their first performance as a conductor-less ensemble at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall at Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Tickets are available online at http://cmfa.loyno.edu/montage, through the Loyola College of Music and Fine Arts at 504-865-2074 , or via email at tickets@loyno.edu.

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.

In late September, Salerno-Sonnenberg 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.

As a resident artist, Salerno-Sonnenberg maintains a regularly-occurring presence on the Loyola campus as she transforms the university’s chamber orchestra into a conductor-less ensemble, in collaboration with Loyola music professors Jean Montes and Amy Thiaville.

“The chamber orchestra has grown immensely in its musicality in a very short time,” says Anthony Decuir, dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola. “The program for the Nov. 7 concert is an exciting one that matches the anticipation that we all have for the Loyola Chamber Orchestra’s first appearance with Nadja.

“The Resident Artist endeavor has received generous donations from supporters of the Loyola College of Music and Fine Arts,” Decuir continued. “We are confident that the exceptional impact of Nadja’s work will be evident and that the donors will enjoy seeing the tremendous success and opportunity that they have provided our community, especially our students.”

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is one of today’s leading violinists and an internationally acclaimed soloist and chamber musician. Her 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, Salerno-Sonnenberg 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.

The Loyola Resident Artist Program that engages Salerno-Sonnenberg officially commenced in late September, when she began her first term, leading and rehearsing with the university’s chamber orchestra, which is comprised of music majors and other Loyola students, addressing student gatherings and visiting string programs in New Orleans schools. In addition to the public performance component, this partnership will engage other cultural institutions and schools in the city, and offer activities that are open to the public.

An American citizen, Salerno-Sonnenberg was born in Rome and immigrated 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.

Salerno-Sonnenberg is highly regarded for her compelling and passionate performances, daring interpretations, and dedication to her craft. Her artistry is coupled with great musical intelligence, which along with her unique personality has allowed her to succeed in a variety of environments throughout her career.

In 2008, she became the music director of the San Francisco-based New Century Chamber Orchestra, one of just a handful of conductor-less ensembles in the world. During her time in this position, she has won praise for her vision and innovative guidance.

More information:

Please click here for a video of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg on the Loyola Chamber Orchestra.

Please click here for a video of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s September performance in Loyola’s Nunemaker Hall.