This performance by violinist Sophia Szokolay and pianist Yandi Chen took place on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm.



Program

Composer Work Time
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 “Kreutzer”
Intermission
Sergei Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63
Maurice Ravel Tzigane, M. 76

Full Program (PDF)

About the Artists

Sophia Anna Szokolay

Sophia Anna Szokolay

Canadian violinist Sophia Anna Szokolay has performed across Canada, the United States and Europe as a recitalist and chamber musician. She is a Doctoral Candidate at the New England Conservatory and a member of the chamber music faculty at the NEC pre-college program.

Sophia has performed with A Far Cry, the Etobicoke Philharmonic, Győr Philharmonic, Narragansett Bay Symphony, Scarborough Philharmonic, and Toronto Sinfonietta. Equally at home with chamber and orchestral repertoire, Sophia plays with the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, Juventas New Music Ensemble, and Phoenix Chamber Orchestra. Her love of new music has previously led to work with composers Brett Dean, John Heiss, David Ludwig, James MacMillan, and Jörg Widmann. In 2021 she gave the North American premiere of Widmann’s String Quartet No. 7.

Sophia held Teaching and Community Engagement Fellowships at The Juilliard School where she worked with violin and music theory students at Opportunity Music Project and at Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School. In 2020, she performed online for ICU Covid-19 patients and their families across the United States with Project: Music Heals Us, she curated an online Music and Movement class for toddlers and led music appreciation workshops at Lenox Hill Women’s Shelter.

Sophia received her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory with a Minor in Music Theory, and her Master’s Degree from Juilliard. Her teachers include Catherine Cho, Miriam Fried, and Donald Weilerstein.

Sophia’s other passions include photography and running. She competed in the TCS Toronto Marathon in October 2022.

Yandi Chen

Yandi Chen

Chinese Pianist Yandi Chen has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in China, France, Italy, Japan and the United States. He is a recipient of numerous prizes and awards and has appeared as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra, New England Conservatory Philharmonia and Fort Worth Symphony. Yandi is currently pursuing his Doctoral of Musical Arts in Chamber Music at the New England Conservatory, studying with Vivian Weilerstein. He was appointed as a Teaching Assistant in NEC’s music theory department and coaches chamber music ensembles with NEC’s Preparatory School.

Yandi has appeared at notable music festivals including the Texas International Piano Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Fontainebleau, the Belcanto Festival, the Perlman Music Program, and Chamber Music Northwest. He has had the privelodge of performing alongside artists including Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Donald Palma, and the Borromeo String Quartet. In-demand as a collaborator, he regularly plays in recitals, faculty studio classes and lessons at NEC.

Born in Shanghai, China, Yandi graduated from Shanghai Music School and Conservatory in 2012, where he studied with Prof. Dan Shao and Ting Zhou. Yandi holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and a Master’s from Yale University. He is currently studying collaborative piano with Vivian Hornik Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory of Music.