Sophia Anna Szokolay

Sophia Anna Szokolay, violin (Toronto, Canada), is a Doctoral Candidate at New England Conservatory, where she is on the chamber music faculty of NEC’s Preparatory School. Sophia is a recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Borromeo Guest Artist Award, Fischoff, Plowman, and Remember Enescu International Competitions. As a soloist, Sophia has appeared with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Győr Philharmonic, Toronto Sinfonietta, Scarborough Philharmonic, and A Far Cry. Sophia has worked with composers Brett Dean, David Ludwig, Jeffrey Mumford, James MacMillan, and Jörg Widmann. As a Morse Teaching Fellow and Gluck Community Engagement Fellow at Juilliard, Sophia taught violin and music theory with Opportunity Music Project and at Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School. In 2020, Sophia performed for ICU Covid hospital patients and their families across the United States with Project: Music Heals Us. She also curated an online Music and Movement class for young children in collaboration with the Toronto-based Art Strollers Academy and led music appreciation workshops at Lenox Hill Women’s Shelter. Sophia received her B.M. degree from NEC and her M.M. from the Juilliard School. Her teachers include Catherine Cho, Miriam Fried, and Donald Weilerstein. Previous Yellow Barn musician (2019, 2021).