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Valeriy Sokolov


Ukrainian violinist Valeriy Sokolov, winner of the George Enescu International Violin Competition in Bucharest,  is one of the most outstanding artists of his generation. Working regularly with the world’s leading orchestras, he has enjoyed collaborations with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Berlin Konzerthausorchester, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestre de Paris, Cleveland Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Rotterdam Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the 2023-24 season, Sokolov will make his U.S. debuts performing Barber’s Violin Concerto with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. He will return to Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo. His will also perform with NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, among others. Recent highlights include a European tour with the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra, performing Stankovych’s Second Violin Concerto, conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson.

Born in 1986 in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sokolov is one of the leading violinists to come out of Ukraine in the past twenty years. He left his native country age 13 and has completed his studies with Natalia Boyarskaya, Felix Andrivesky, Marc Lubotsky, Ana Chumachenko, Boris Kuschnir and Gidon Kremer in London, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Vienna.

Sokolov has developed a strong and varied catalogue of recordings with Erato Records (formerly EMI Classics), releasing Enescu’s Sonata No. 3 in 2009. His first concerto DVD was of the Sibelius Violin Concerto under Vladimir Ashkenazy and with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Bruno Monsaingeon’s film un violon dans l’âme/Natural Born Fiddler”, a record of Sokolov’s recital in Toulouse in 2004, received much praise from the critics and continues to be frequently broadcast on ARTE TV. In 2010 Sokolov recorded violin concertos of Bartók and Tchaikovsky under the direction of David Zinman with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.

Valeriy Sokolov is a 2005 winner of the George Enescu International Violin Competition in Bucharest.