Free Concert Tonight: Cellist Sofia Nowik

Over the next week or so, I would like to introduce you to the talented musicians who will join me for the Imaginary Timescapes performance. Your contributions to this campaign are primarily going to them. I will start with the cellist Sofia Nowik, who you can hear in a free solo recital tonight at the Juilliard School (8pm, Paul Hall, 65th & Broadway, no ticket required). Tonight Sofia will play works by Bartok, Faure, Janacek, Martinu, and Poulenc.

Sofia studies with Darrett Adkins at Juilliard, where she is a graduate student and a principal cellist in the Juilliard Orchestra. She also plays as a freelance musician throughout the tri-state area, performing in orchestras and as both a soloist and a chamber musician for numerous concerts, recitals, and recording projects. Sofia premiered Tim Keyes’ The Mighty Mississippi, a concerto for cello and large-scale orchestra and choir with the Tim Keyes Consort, and she also appeared as a soloist with the Manalapan Symphony Orchestra, Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Livingston Symphony.

Sofia has served as both principal and assistant principal with the New Jersey and New York Youth Symphonies, respectively, and as well as with the Plainfield Symphony. As one of the musicians chosen to represent the Juilliard Orchestra , she was invited this past summer to co-lead the cello section in a special joint project with the Royal Academy of Music (London) under the direction of composer and conductor John Adams. This collaboration produced two performances, one in New York City as part of the Lincoln Center Summer Festival and a culminating performance in London at the BBC Proms Festival. Sofia is also a cello mentor and coach at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division, a member of the Juilliard School’s contemporary ensembles New Juilliard Ensemble and Axiom, and a Teaching Assistant for the Liberal Arts Department at the Juilliard School.

Can’t make tonight’s recital? You can hear Sofia again this coming Monday, Dec. 10th, when she will perform with Juilliard’s contemporary group Axiom in a program featuring Toru Takemitsu’s Archipelago S for 21 players and John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music (8pm, Alice Tully Hall, free tickets available at the Juilliard Box Office.)

(Originally posted Dec 6th, 2012 at 10:25 AM EST)

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