Join us on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm for a performance by violinist Sophia Anna Szokolay and pianist Yandi Chen.


Composer Work Year
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 “Kreutzer” 1803
Sergei Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63 1935
Maurice Ravel Tzigane, M. 76 1924

About the Artists

Sophia Szokolay

Credit: Lauren Park

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 Chamber Music Faculty at NEC’s Preparatory School.

This year, Sophia was featured on WGBH live public radio, she joined Palaver Strings on their album release tour Ready or Not, and led the Lucerne Contemporary Festival Orchestra as concertmaster. She enjoyed working with composers Tyshawn Sorey, Shulamit Ran, Hans Abrahamsen and Lewis Spratlan at the 2022 YellowBarn and Lucerne Festivals.

As a soloist, 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 passions also include photography and running. She is training for the TCS Toronto Marathon in October 2022.

Yandi Chen

Yandi Chen studies collaborative piano with Vivian Hornik Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory of Music.

About the Concert

Our concerts take place at a private home in southern Rhode Island, near the village of Wakefield. The address is 103 North Road, South Kingstown RI 02879. Driving time from Providence, Newport, Westerly, or southeastern Connecticut is under an hour.

Map and Directions

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This performance begins at 2:00 pm. One hour before the performance, join us for a discussion about the music on the program. After the performance, you’ll have an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their backgrounds, interests, and career plans.


If you’d like to attend this concert, send an email to with the full name of each guest in your party. If seating is available, we’ll confirm your reservation. If you have a confirmed reservation and a member of your party decides not to attend, please let us know so another guest can take their place.

The suggested contribution is $40 per person. If your resources are limited, please contribute whatever you can afford. Contributions are collected at the door. We accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards.

IMPORTANT: As a precaution, we’d like everyone attending this concert to be fully vaccinated and symptom-free. Masks are optional at this time.

Seating capacity for this concert: 20

Name Count Email Note
Backman, Penny 2
Backman, Tom 2
Comerford, Mark 32
Moorehead, Keith 11 volunteer
Total: 4