Sophia Steger
Age: 19
Violinist Sophia Steger is a student of Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School. She has been awarded top prizes in numerous New York-area competitions and has performed as soloist with orchestras including the New York Chamber Players, Seniors Orchestral Society of New York, Manhattan School of Music Precollege Symphony, and the New York International Chamber Orchestra.
Sophia previously studied with Patinka Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege, and has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, Heifetz International Music Institute, and Castleman Quartet Program. Her chamber ensembles have been mentored by members of the Emerson, Shanghai, Juilliard, and Kronos quartets.
As first violinist of the Pannonia Quartet (2013-2015), she performed at Carnegie Hall for the Kronos Quartet's 40th Anniversary Concert, as well as at WQXR's The Greene Space, the Queens Museum, at Hilary Hahn's CD release event at the Greenwich House Music School for her album "In 27 Pieces" by invitation of Nico Muhly, and at other venues across New York. Pannonia was featured in multiple editions of The New Yorker and The New York Times, as well as on WQXR and National Public Radio's Performance Today.
Sophia is an advocate for humanitarian and environmental causes, and frequently organizes and performs recitals to benefit organizations such as SOIL (a program working to solve the humanitarian and ecological crisis in Haiti) and educational sustainability projects for Something Good in the World. In December 2018, her string trio 1.5° performed at 350NYC's end-of-year celebration at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, and this spring they will perform a series of concerts focused around the theme of climate change.
Last spring, Sophia and a classmate from Juilliard performed a series of children's concerts featuring folk stories and folk-inspired music from the cultural backgrounds of their audiences.
In 2017, Sophia met with and performed for local "youth-at-risk" and Central American teen refugees at a shelter in Yorktown, NY, and in September 2016, she represented Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots program at the United Nations General Assembly for the International Peace Conference.