Sofie Yang – violinist
Sofie Yang is a multi-faceted violinist of Taiwanese ancestry from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin with Samantha George, where she was featured on Wisconsin Public Radio with her string quartet, won the concerto competition performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto, played in a fiddle club, rocked in a heavy metal band, and channeled deep listening in improvisation groups.
Sofie then completed her Master of Music with Janet Sung at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, during which she focused on classical studies, served as concertmaster of both university orchestras, and participated in chamber ensembles across the city that promote works by womxn and bring performances to unconventional settings. As a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, she had the privilege to work with Ricardo Muti and Yo-Yo Ma, among many others, and offer active service and engagement to the Chicago community through music.
During her summers, Sofie has attended the Blackburn Music Academy of Festival Napa Valley in California, Stowe (Vermont) Tango Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee, and College Light Opera Company on Cape Cod. She also had the opportunity to audit the Silk Road Project’s Global Musician Workshop on a Mellon Grant, interacting with musicians and instruments from around the world. She especially enjoyed being a mentor and counselor for four years at the Madison Summer Music Clinic, encouraging young artists in her home state.
Continuing the trek around Lake Michigan brings Sofie in a recent move to Kalamazoo as a new first violinist of the West Michigan Symphony for the 2019-2020 season and of the Kalamazoo Symphony beginning in the 2020-2021 season, an enthusiastic private teacher with Thompson Tutoring, and a current substitute teaching artist at the Crescendo Academy of Music. She looks forward to sharing the C•O•R•E tet String Quartet with you, building musical community experiences and fostering connections with humanity!