Paul Sonner

Instructor of Violin, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp; Faculty, Interlochen Violin Institute


B.M., Violin Performance, Northwestern University

Paul Sonner is Instructor of Violin at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Concertmaster of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, and Concertmaster, as well as Artistic Advisor, of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. He is also an active soloist and chamber musician. Recent appearances include the Michigan premiere of the Franz Clement violin concerto, the U.S. premiere of the Andrew Downes Sonata for Violin, Horn, and Piano, Scheherazade, and Mozart Sinfonia Concertante. Previous appointments include Associate Concertmaster of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Principal Second Violin, ASO, First Violin for the Birmingham String Quartet, Amabile Trio, Solo Violin for Capriccio Concerts, and Visiting Faculty Artist for the Filharmonica Joven de Columbia. He has served as Soloist and Concertmaster for both the Bermuda Bach Festival, UK, and the Manitou Festival, MI. Other appointments include the Ojai Festival Orchestra, CA, LARO, DMMO, and the University of Montevallo, AL. As a "session" violinist, and with the ASO, he has recorded for labels in Los Angeles, Chicago, Birmingham, Muscle Shoals, PBS, and NPR. Sonner is a graduate of Northwestern University. His principal teachers were Alice Schoenfeld, and Samuel Magad. Paul plays a George Gemunder violin dated 1855.