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Youth Soloist

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     Sophia Nam is a 16-year old violist from Fort Lee, NJ. She is currently studying with Mrs. Sophie Arbuckle and attending Juilliard Pre-College as a viola major and Bergen County Academies. She started playing the violin at the age of 4 and later started the viola at 12. The three most recent titles she received were the 2023 Finalist of the Juilliard Pre-College Concerto Competition, 2023 Merit Winner of the National YoungArts Competition, and 2022 Grand Prize Winner of the New York Laureate International Music Competition. She spent last summer at the Perlman Music Program and this past winter with their winter residency in Sarasota, Florida, and plans on returning again this summer. She has also worked with world-renowned musicians such as Itzhak Perlman, Carol Rodland, Kirsten Docter, Aaron Rosand, Masao Kawasaki, and Toby Appel. She has been invited to perform in the Bruno Walter Lincoln Center, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage of Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Sarasota Opera House.

Sophia also enjoys chamber music. She was an original member of the Moa String Quartet, performing at benefit concerts with the Show Me Your Hearts Foundation, and was a part of the Iris Quintet through the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program. Sophia has recently performed at the Wilson Theater in a string quartet, Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, and at the DiMenna Center with her quintet.

Aside from music, she is one of the founding members and vice president of the non-profit organization, My Two Cents, which advocates an end to period poverty for women by improving access to menstruation products for low-income and underprivileged communities and breaking the stigma surrounding menstruation.

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