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Sonia Wieder-AthertON

Sonia Wieder-Atherton offers her "matronage" to EKHO#4 with her inspiring human and musical personnality.  Her life and career are perfectly in line with the EKHO philosophy and objectives. She is pleased to perform for our Gala concert with some good friends and collaborators of hers and will give a masterclass on sound production on a cello. Sonia will take part to the round table broadcast on Musiq3. This year, she will also be a member of the jury during the finals of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, dedicated to the cello.


 © Marthe Lemelle


© Marthe Lemelle

About Sonia...

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For Sonia Wieder-Atherton, music has always been a laboratory. Her unbounded research has taken her from one repertoire to another, from one discovery to the next. Constantly exploring crisscrossing musical avenues, she unravels the received wisdom in a relentless pursuit ofmeaning. She was born in San Francisco of a mother of Romanian origin and an American father. She grew up in New York and then Paris. She started playing the cello at the age of 9. At 16, she had a decisive encounter with Mstislav Rostropovich. In Paris, she enrolled at the Conservatoire National Supérieur, studying with Maurice Gendron. She very soon found herself investigating form and sound, already seeking a language that could be a common denominator for all music. At 19, she crossed the Iron Curtain to live in Moscow, where she studied with Natalia Shakhovskaya at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Her years there left an indelible mark, for, inaddition to receiving a top-class education, she took away a special relationship with time and stories...

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