Cellist Sofia Nowik is a recent graduate of the Juilliard School where she received both her Bachelor and Master's Degrees, studying with David Soyer, Bonnie Hampton, and Darrett Adkins. Sofia served for five years as one of the principal cellists of the Juilliard Orchestra.
During her graduate studies Sofia worked for the Juilliard Pre-College Division as both a chamber music and orchestral mentor, coaching individual chamber groups and leading string sectionals. She now continues her educational outreach teaching cello in New York City with Opportunity Music Project, a non-profit music mentoring program, which offers full tuition scholarship for private instrumental lessons, chamber and orchestral training to kids from families who would otherwise be unable to afford the costs of a music education. In the fall she will join the faculty at the Great Neck Music Conservatory in Long Island.
Sofia was the recipient of the Samuel Mayes Cello Award for her participation as an orchestral fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center this past summer, and has been invited back as a returning fellow for this coming summer season.
An active freelance musician in the New York and New Jersey Area, Sofia enjoys a diverse career as a chamber, orchestral, and studio musician. She recently joined the roster of the Shuffle Concert Ensemble, the Exponential Ensemble, and has performed as principal cellist with the Arcos Chamber Orchestra, the Arco Ensemble, and is a substitute cellist for Symphony in C and the New World Symphony. As a soloist she has performed concerti with local orchestras in New Jersey, including the Livingston Symphony, Manalapan Symphony, The Tim Keyes Consort, Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the New Jersey Youth Orchestra. This coming fall she will perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra in New York City.