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Livia Sohn

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Livia Sohn

Lecturer (Violin)


Livia Sohn started playing the violin at the age of five, and by age seven was accepted into the Juilliard Pre-College Division to study with the legendary Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. At the age of thirteen, she won First Prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. She gave her first public performance when she was 8, and her career now has included solo appearances with over 70 orchestras on five continents. She has worked with many eminent conductors, including Yehudi Menuhin, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, James DePreist, Gerard Schwarz, Sidney Harth, William Eddins, Myung-Whun Chung, Jane Glover, and Jorge Mester. As a chamber musician, Livia has been a guest artist at Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, Newport Music Festival, Caramoor International Music Festival, Maverick Concerts, Prince Albert Music Festival in Hawaii, and Festival de San Miguel d'Allende in Mexico. Livia has appeared as recitalist in dozens of cities, including New York City’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Boston’s Jordon Hall, as well as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Washington, D.C.’s National Gallery of Art, Atlanta’s Gwinnet Performing Arts Center, Cincinnati’s Xavier University, and South Carolina’s Peace Center for the Performing Arts. Livia plays on a J.B. Guadagnini violin crafted in 1770. She is currently on faculty at the Department of Music of Stanford University, and makes her home in the Bay Area with her husband, violinist Geoff Nuttall.