Sonya's artist profile

Praised by The New York Times for her gracefully shaped vocal lines and for her ?"dead-on surety of pitch and attractive tone"? by the Albany Times Union, Mezzo-Soprano, Sonya Alexandra Knussen is equally at home performing new music and established repertoire. She has premiered many works, most recently Joanna Lee'?s ?"archy interviews a pharaoh"? at the 2010 Aldeburgh Festival in Suffolk, England.

Engagements have included Brahms'? Liebeslieder Waltzer at Johns Hopkins Hospital?'s Noon Concert series, The Walters Art Museum and Friedberg Concert Hall; Alto soloist with the Baltimore Baroque Band; soloist with the Peabody Camerata in works by Jean Eickelberger Ivey, Schoenberg and Mahler; New Music specialist performing works by Crumb, Sciarrino, Stockhausen, Andriessen, Boulez, Hoiby, as well as several world premieres including works by Jon Carter, Joanna Lee, John Belkot, Graham Ross, Matthew Rogers, Gerald Busby and David Knotts at Festivals including the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Dallas Festival of Modern Music and Dartington International Summer School.

Ms. Knussen'?s work as an educator includes teaching individual singing lessons, ear training and sight-singing classes at the college level and teaching classroom music to children ages four to sixteen including classes in composition. She has coached beginner's? chamber music groups (including British Associated Board string students at Grades 1 to 5) and a variety of children'?s choruses both in the UK and the US. Additionally, she has acted as assistant vocal animateur for projects with English National Opera and the BBC Proms.

Ms. Knussen?'s media experience includes blind direction of cameras throughout live concert performances at Elliott Carte'r?s Centenary Celebrations at the Tanglewood Music Center as well as writing and cuing supertitles for various operas there. Her supertitles were recently featured in a production at New York City Opera. She served as producer for the recordings of Elliott Carter'?s Boston Concerto and Cello Concerto, music assistant for recordings of works by August Read Thomas, Oliver Knussen and Hans Werner Henze and assistant to the director for Sounds from the Big White House for BBC 4 as well as score-reader for LWT/Channel 4?s series on twentieth century orchestral music with Simon Rattle entitled Leaving Home.

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