Hailed as “...a spectacular young violinist” by Seattle Times Music Critic Bernard Jacobson,
American-born violinist Sophia Stoyanovich has captivated audiences since her premiere at age ten with the Bremerton Symphony. She has soloed with numerous orchestras including highlights with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall, and has performed across North America, Europe, Russia, and Vietnam.
Recent highlights include winning Silver Prize at the 2019 Les Musicales du Centre Paris Competition, prize-winner at the Vršac International Music Competition, featured artist on The Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center’s Masterclass Series, Classical King FM’s Northwest Focus Live with Sean MacLean, and The University of Washington Women’s Society Recital Series.
Ms. Stoyanovich presented her first professional solo recital for the Collected Works Concert Series at age twelve, and continues as a frequent recitalist in New York City and at home in Seattle, Washington. She performed as Gold Medal winner of the 2016 New York International Virtuosi Competition, and in the 2017 Mondavi Young Artists Competition, 2018 Adelphi and Frances Walton Competitions. This past summer she won 1st place at the New York Golden Classical Competition with an invitation to perform at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in November of 2019. In addition Ms. Stoyanovich was a semi-finalist at the 2019 Ysaye International Competition in Liège, Belgium and 2019 Harbin International Violin Competition in China.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Stoyanovich has performed on Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing Opening Gala, The Juilliard 2016 and 2019 Chamberfest Series, and collaborated with many noted chamber musicians including David Finkle, Sylvia Rosenberg, Robert Levin, Martin Chalifour, Joseph Kalichstein, Astrid Schween and Roger Tapping.
Ms. Stoyanovich’s firm belief in community engagement has influenced her identity as an artist. In March of 2014, Ms. Stoyanovich traveled to Vietnam where she hosted masterclasses and performed for students in Hoi An, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. Performances at the Ho Chi Minh Conservatory of Music and The Soul Music Academy took place as well. In addition, she has collaborated with NPR’s From The Top as soloist and an active community member working with students throughout the Tacoma, Washington area.
Ms. Stoyanovich serves as Communications Director and violinist of The Versoi Ensemble, which had its November 2018 debut at Merkin Hall most recently reviewed by New York Classical Review and The Strad Magazine. The Versoi Ensemble toured Finland in August of 2019 and will return for their tour of the USA in August of 2020, pursuing their belief in international cultural diplomacy through chamber music.
The daughter of Pacific Northwest-based composer Patrick Stoyanovich, Ms. Stoyanovich’s deep passion for the modern music of our time has influenced her performing in several world premieres with The St. Cecilia Music Festival, including commissioned works, “Cantos de San Juan de la Cruz” a nd songs of “Saint Thomas Aquinas” with mezzo-soprano Sarah Mattox. In addition,
Ms.Stoyanovich premiered Patrick Stoyanovich’s ‘Shiloh’ Quartet at the Bowery Poetry Society in October of 2016.
Ms. Stoyanovich has attended the Barenboiem-Said Akademie and Kronberg Masterclasses in Germany, IMS Prussia Cove in Cornwall, England, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and been a Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, National Youth Orchestra of the United States, Marrowstone Music Festival, Indiana University String Academy, and Interlochen Arts Academy.
Ms. Stoyanovich has participated in numerous masterclasses including working with András Keller, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Chaim Taub, Ida Kavafian, Gil Shaham, Daniel Hope, Robert Chen, Tjeerd Top, Joel Krosnick and Donald Weilerstein.
Ms. Stoyanovich received her Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School in May of 2018 and is currently returning to pursue her Master’s degree under the tutelage of Li Lin, as recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship and the Drs. & Kassie Biros Neuman Scholarship. She performs on a 1930 Berger Violin made in New York City.