Instructor of Violin, Interlochen Arts Academy
Faculty, Interlochen Violin Institute
B.M., Violin Performance, Northwestern University
Paul Sonner is Instructor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Interlochen Arts Academy, and Concertmaster of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra as well as the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Paul has a degree in violin performance from Northwestern University, is a Waldorf School graduate with California State Scholar designation, and has studied chamber music in the preparatory department of the University of Southern California as well as the California Institute of Technology.
Formerly Principal Second Violin and Associate Concertmaster of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, he has held positions of first violin in the Birmingham String Quartet, solo violin for Capriccio Concerts, violin in the Amabile Trio, and concertmaster for many other venues. Mr. Sonner continues to be a featured soloist and has participated in a number of festivals including the Ojai (CA) Festival Orchestra and Des Moines Metro Opera. He has served as Concertmaster and Soloist for the Bermuda (UK) Bach Festival as well as the Manitou (MI) Music Festival. Paul has recorded, as a "session" violinist, and with the ASO, for a number of labels in Los Angeles, Chicago, Birmingham and Muscle Shoals. Mr. Sonner has participated in several projects for PBS and NPR. Paul's principal teachers were soloist Alice Schoenfeld and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Samuel Magad.