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 and Artistic Advisor of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

As a teacher, Sonner has served as Visiting Faculty Artist for the Filharmonica Joven de Columbia and on faculty at the University of Montevallo.

Sonner’s previous orchestral appointments include Associate Concertmaster of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra; Principal Second Violin of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra; concertmaster for the Bermuda Bach Festival; and concertmaster for the Manitou Festival in Michigan. Other appointments include the Ojai Festival Orchestra, Los Angeles Recorder Orchestra, and the Des Moines Metro Opera.

In addition to his orchestral experience, Sonner is an active soloist. 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. He has also performed as a solo violinist for Capriccio concerts. Sonner is also a chamber musician, with past appointments with First Violin for the Birmingham String Quartet and the Amabile Trio.

As a session violinist, and with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, he has recorded for labels in Los Angeles, Chicago, Birmingham, Muscle Shoals, as well as PBS and NPR.

Sonner is a graduate of Northwestern University. His principal teachers were Alice Schoenfeld and Samuel Magad. He plays a George Gemunder violin dated 1855.