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Sophia Stoyanovich & Derek Wang

Sunday, October 17, 2021 | 6:00 PM

American-born violinist, Sophia Stoyanovich, (1996) has captivated audiences since her premiere at age ten with the Bremerton Symphony. She has soloed with numerous orchestras and has performed across North America, Europe, Russia, China, and Vietnam. Upcoming engagements for the 2021-2022 season include debuts with the Santa Monica College Symphony performing Beethoven Violin Concerto, appearances on the Crocker Art Museum, Southern California Consortium of Chamber Music, and Dame Myra Hess Memorial concert series. In January of 2022 she will release her debut album, American Elegy, with Orpheus Classical, featuring the Serbian-American compositions of her father, Patrick Stoyanovich.

This past summer Ms. Stoyanovich performed at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Four Seasons Chamber Residency, Olympic Music Festival and Zermatt Music Festival in Switzerland, as well as joined the rosters for the International Contemporary Ensemble Evolution, The Next Festival of Emerging Artists, and Silkroad Global Musicians Workshop.

At the heart of her current projects, Stoyanovich co-hosts the podcast series American Stories, with pianist Derek Wang. American Stories examines and celebrates American identity through music in performance, illuminated by personal histories and reflections from featured guests of all walks of life. American Stories is currently supported through Chamber Music America Ensemble Forward Grant and the New York Community Trust.

Stoyanovich received both her Bachelor and Masters of Music from The Juilliard School, and has studied under the tutelage of Li Lin, Mark Steinberg, and Sylvia Rosenberg. Ms. Stoyanovich is an active educator in the New York area and performs on a 1930 Berger violin made in New York City.

More information about Sophia Stoyanovich and American Stories can be found at sophiastoyanovich.com and american-stories.org.

Derek Wang, piano, is a New York-based soloist, collaborator, and communicator whose commitment to wholehearted listening informs his loving inquiry into both classic and new scores. 

Derek received his Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School in 2020 and was awarded the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music upon graduation. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music at Juilliard, studying with Stephen Hough and Veda Kaplinsky as a Kovner Fellowship recipient. 

In the summer of 2021, Derek completed his second year of a fellowship position as pianist of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble at the Aspen Music Festival and School under conductors Donald Crockett and Timothy Weiss. He also began a musical partnership with violinist Robert McDuffie at Aspen which will continue in performances at the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy in November 2021. 

In 2020, Derek partnered with violinist Sophia Stoyanovich to launch American Stories, a podcast series that examines and celebrates American identity through music in performance, illuminated by personal histories and reflections from featured guests of all walks of life. The latest episode, released in May 2021 and available at www.american-stories.org, features John Adams’ Road Movies alongside stories of life on the road. Most recently, American Stories was awarded an Ensemble Forward grant from Chamber Music America. 

For more information and to receive the latest updates about Derek, please visit derek-wang.com.