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Eurovision Young Musicians 2014 (Final)
Artist Sonoko Miriam Shimano Welde
Final piece 3. movement from Violin Concerto no 1 in G minor, op. 26 by Max Bruch
Semi final pieces
  • Po√®me, Op.25 by Ernest Chausson
Country Norway
Broadcaster NRK


# Contest Participant Instrument Pieces Place
14 Eurovision Young Musicians 2014 (Final)
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Sonoko Miriam Shimano Welde Violin 3. movement from Violin Concerto no 1 in G minor, op. 26 by Max Bruch -

About Sonoko Miriam Shimano Welde

Sonoko Miriam is from Bergen, Norway, and she first started to play the violin at the age of five.

Currently she is studing with Prof. Stephan Barratt-Due at Norway's leading talent school, the Barratt Due Institute of Music. Former teachers include Crista Bohlman, Britta Vindenes, Alf Richard Kraggerud, Henning Kraggerud. A former student of Razumovsky Academy in London. She has also benefited from master classes with musicians such as Mauricio Fuks, Dora Schwarzberg, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Donald Weilerstein, Ivry Gitlis, Olivier Charlier, Ida Haendel, Sarah Chang, Pamela Frank, Almita Vamos, Winfried Rademacher, Koichiro Harada, Kyoko Takezawa and Akiko Suwanai.

Sonoko Miriam has performed as a soloist at venues like London's Wigmore Hall, Bergen’s Grieg Hall, Tokyo Opera City Hall and Osaka Izumi Hall. Solo performances with orchestras including the Bergen Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Collegium Musicum, Ung Symfoni, Estonian Chamber Orchestra and Oslo Camerata. She has played at Bergen International Festival, Valdres Sommersymfoni, the Røros Winter Festival, Johan Halvorsen Music Festival, Kon-Tiki Classical Music Fest, Ljubljana Festival and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

Sonoko Miriam has won first prizes at the Norwegian Music Championship for Youth (2006, 2008, 2012), first prize and honorary award at the Midgard Competition (2012), as well as prizes at the International Kocian Violin Competition (Czech Republic) (2007) and Young Musician (Estonia) (2009), and has twice been a semi-finalist in the Menuhin Competition (2008, 2010). Winner of NRK's competition Virtuos 2014.
Sonoko Miriam received Bergen Municipality Talent Award (2009) and Norwegian Soloist Prize 2014.

The TV series ”Meisterklasse” (NRK 1) featured Sonoko Miriam together with violin virtuoso Henning Kraggerud, September 2012. She is featured on a new CD “Nine Solos for Nine Violinists” from the Grappa/Aurora label, along with other young violinists presenting contemporary Norwegian music for solo violin (2012). Sonoko Miriam plays a violin by S. Zygmuntowicz, on loan from Dextra Musica.