Join us on Saturday, June 12 at 3:00 pm to hear violinist Sophia Anna Szokolay and pianist Kaliya Kalcheva perform a program of works for violin and keyboard by French composers.


    Claude DebussyViolin Sonata, L. 1401917
    Gabriel FauréViolin Sonata No. 1 in A major, Op. 131876
    César FranckMélancolie1886
    Maurice RavelViolin Sonata No. 2 in G major, M 771927
    Maurice RavelTzigane1924

    About the Concert

    Our concerts take place at a private residence in southern Rhode Island. The street address is 103 North Road, Wakefield, RI 02879.

    Map and Directions

    This performance begins at 3:00 pm. Guests should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of time. After the concert, you’ll have an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their backgrounds, interests, and career plans.

    Prior to the concert, URI Professor Dr. Mark Comerford will lead a short discussion about today's program. This pre-concert event will take place at 2:00 pm, one hour before the performance.

    Advance reservations are required. If you’d like to attend this concert, send us an email and tell us the number of seats you want. If seating is available, we’ll confirm your reservation. If not, we’ll add you to the waiting list. If we confirm your reservation and you decide not to attend, please let us know so others can take your place.

    The suggested contribution for this concert is $40 per person. Contributions are collected at the door. We accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards. Newcomers, no contribution required — your first concert is on us.

    About the Artists

    Sophia Anna Szokolay

    Canadian violinist Sophia Anna Szokolay balances a demanding schedule as a performer and educator in Toronto and New York. Equally at home in solo and chamber music repertoire, she has performed as soloist with orchestras across Canada, Eastern United States, and Hungary. Sophia is a recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including a Juilliard Career Grant, the Borromeo Guest Artist Award, and top prizes at the Plowman, Fischoff, and Remember Enescu International Competitions.

    Sophia began her violin studies by choice at the age of 3, the fourth generation of a musical family. Her proudest musical moment was performing her grandfather Sandor Szokolay’s Violin Concerto with the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra in Hungary, which was the last concert he attended before peacefully passing in 2013.

    Sophia holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory with a minor in music theory. Her teachers included Catherine Cho, Victor Dancheko, Miriam Fried, Barry Shiffman and Donald Weilerstein. She is currently finishing a Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School as a Irene Diamond Graduate Fellow.

    Ying Li

    Chinese pianist Ying Li entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 2012 as a student of Robert McDonald, Seymour Lipkin, and Jonathan Biss. She graduated from Curtis in 2019 and began work on a graduate degree at The Juilliard School in New York, where she studies with Robert McDonald.

    Ms. Li has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras including her most recent debut with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She has also worked with Symphony in C, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, and the “Mihail Jora” Philharmonic Orchestra of Romania.

    Some highlights among her competition awards are First prize in the Artist Series of Sarasota national competition, First prizes of both Solo Competition and Concerto Competition of the Brevard Music Festival, First prize in the 7th Liszt International Competition for Young Pianists in Moscow, Russia, and the First prize and the audience prize in the 7th International Competition for Young Pianists ‘A Step Towards Mastery’ in St. Petersburg, Russia. As an avid chamber musician, Ms. Li has participated in Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in Chicago, Four Seasons Winter Workshop in NC, and in summer 2019, she will be joining the prestigious La Jolla Music Society in California.