NADJA SALERNO-SONNENBERG

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Electrifying performances, fearless interpretations and musical depth have established violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg as one of the leading violinists of our time.

After a triumphant first season as Music Director of the NEW CENTURY Chamber Orchestra (NEW CENTURY), Nadja leads this 19-member string orchestra in four subscription series for the 2009-10 season, including the world premier commission of Bolcom’s Romanza violin concerto. On August 11, 2009, Nadja’s record label, NSS Music, releases “Together,” her first recording collaboration with NEW CENTURY.

Nadja appears during the 2009-10 season as soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Long Island Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and San Antonio Symphony. She is joined once again by pianist and collaborator Anne-Marie McDermott for recitals throughout the season.

A powerful and innovative presence on the recording scene, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg started NSS Music in 2005. This record label continues to grow, with the most recent release being “Together,” Nadja’s first recording collaboration with NEW CENTURY. “Together” includes Impressions by Clarice Assad, which was given its world premiere by NEW CENTURY in 2008; Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, and Gershwin’s Bess You Is My Woman Now from Porgy and Bess arranged for string orchestra, both with Nadja as soloist; and Bartók’s Romanian Dances arranged for string orchestra. “Together” follows NSS Music’s previous recording, “Originis Live from Brasil,” released in April 2009, a recording which honors the Italian heritage of Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg and the Brazilian heritage of her collaborators, guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad. The NSS Music label also features Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg’s “Merry” (a compilation of Christmas favorites, performed by Nadja and friends), “Nadja” (Tchaikovsky and Assad, violin concertos), “Live” (Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Anne-Marie McDermott), as well as “Love, All That It Is” (NSS Music’s first jazz album featuring The Clarice Assad Trio), Anne-Marie McDermott’s “Bach” and John Cerminaro’s “John Cerminaro, A Life of Music.” Additionally, she has over twenty releases on the EMI and Nonesuch labels.

Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg’s exceptional artistry is paired with great musical intelligence which, along with her unique personality, have served her well in numerous environments—on camera, in a commercial for Signet Bank, hosting a Backstage/Live from Lincoln Center program for PBS, appearing in the PBS/BBC series The Mind, even talking to Big Bird on Sesame Street. She was the subject of the 2000 Academy Award-nominated film, Speaking In Strings, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Released in theaters nationwide and subsequently premiered on HBO’s Signatures channel in 1999, this intensely personal documentary on her life is available on VHS and DVD through New Video. The CD of music from the film was released in 1999 by Angel/EMI. Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg has appeared on ABC’s prime time comedy Dharma & Greg in 2001, and she has also been interviewed and profiled on CBS’ 60 Minutes, 60 Minutes II, and Sunday Morning; CNN’s Newsstand; NBC's National News and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson; A & E's Artist of the Week with Elliot Forrest; Bravo's Arts & Minds and The Art of Influence; PBS' Live from Lincoln Center, The Charlie Rose Show, and City Arts. On the publishing front, Nadja: On My Way, her autobiography written for children discussing her experiences as a young musician building a career, was published by Crown Books in 1989. continued…

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg’s professional career began in 1981 when she won the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition. In 1983 she was recognized with an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in 1988 was Ovations Debut Recording Artist of the Year. In 1999 she was honored with the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, awarded to instrumentalists who have demonstrated “outstanding achievement and excellence in music.” In May of that same year, Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg was awarded an honorary Masters of Musical Arts from the New Mexico State University, the first honorary degree the University has ever awarded. An American citizen, Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg was born in Rome and emigrated to the United States at the age of eight to study at The Curtis Institute of Music. She later studied with Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School.