Sonia Wieder-Atherton

American cellist (San Francisco, 1961-)

A cellist enthusiastic to discover new sounds, a performer with a wide repertoire, endowed with great imagination that she uses for her projects, Sonia Wieder-Atherton is a musician that occupies a unique place in the musical world.

Sonia Wieder-Atherton studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (CNSMDP) in the cello classes of Maurice Gendron. She took classes with Rostropovich and then perfected herself with Natalia Shakhovskaya's class in Moscow. In 1986, she won the prestigious Rostropovich competition. This launched her career and, as a soloist, she performed with the Paris Orchestra, the National Orchestra of France, the Belgian Orchestra, the Gubenlkian Orchestra of Lisbon and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra.

Many composers composed for her: Georges Aperghis, Pascal Dusapin, Wolfgang Rihm. She has also practiced chamber music with artists such as Imogen Cooper, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Laurent Cabasso and Georges Pludermacher.

In recent years, Sonia Wieder-Atherton has been putting on musical performances: Jewish songs for cello and piano, on texts from her composition, VITA Monteverdi-Scelsi, Chants d'Est on which she collaborates with Fanny Ardant, D'Est en musique with images by Chantal Akerman, as well as Odyssey for cello and imaginary choir. To create her own productions, she founded the Niguna Ensemble.

Six landmark dates in the life of Sonia Wieder-Atherton:

1986: winner of the Rostropovich cello competition
1996: Un Divan à New York
1999: The Academy of Fine Arts awarded him the Grand Prix Del Duca
2001: Au commencement Monteverdi
2011: Received the Art Prize from the Bernheim Foundation
2013: Produced her show Odyssey for cello and imaginary choir

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Biography from Radio France’s Musical Documentation, December 2013