Sonoko Miriam Welde is the winner of the Norwegian Soloist Prize and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s competition “Virtuos”.
Since her first performance with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of nine, she has appeared as a soloist with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Zagreb Soloists, Oslo Camerata, Ung Symfoni and the Estonian Chamber Orchestra with conductors including Andrew Litton, Rory Macdonald, Johannes Gustavsson and Peter Szilvay in concertos by Mendelssohn, Bruch, Bach and Mozart.
She has performed at venues including Tokyo Opera City Hall, Osaka Izumi Hall, Wigmore Hall, Grieg Hall Bergen and the Oslo Opera House.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, Sonoko Miriam has performed with many leading musicians, including Leif Ove Andsnes, Tabea Zimmermann, Alisa Weilerstein, Jonathan Biss and Clemens Hagen, and has been invited to many festivals for both chamber music and recitals, including Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Bergen International Festival, ArtLink (Belgrade), Røros Vinterfestspill, Oslo Chamber Music Festival, the Bad Ragaz “Next Generation” Festival, the Harpa Festival (Reykjavik), Norsjø Chamber Music Festival. She is a founding member of Opus13 String Quartet (2014).
Her principle teacher in recent years has been Prof. Stephan Barratt-Due and from April 2016 she studies with Prof. Kolja Blacher at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin, while also regularly receiving lessons from violinist Vilde Frang.
Sonoko Miriam plays a 1714 Alessandro Gagliano kindly on loan from Dextra Musica