Sofía Chiarandini is a musician based out of Connecticut, but currently studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She has been playing violin since age five, and has studied with grammy award winning fiddle and dobro player Stacy Phillips, voice with Sarah Tolar, and classical violin with Juliet Kurtzman of New York City. Sofía also has been playing double bass since she was nine, and has studied with Domenick Fiore of Orefield, PA who has been an inspiration for Sofía to diversify and study jazz as well as classical music.
Sofía started playing music using the Suzuki method to lay a solid foundation of technique for classical violin. Since then, she has branched out to perform in bluegrass, jazz, folk, and rock genres with Too Blue, The Korey Brodsky Band, Boulevard Swing Trio, The Town Hall band, other ensembles, and solo. In these acts she has played violin, double bass, mandolin, piano, lead and harmony vocals, and has sung a capella. She has also worked as a studio musician on recordings for Newtown Youth Voices, Jim Allyn, Korey Brodsky, and others. Most recently, she was accepted to the Berklee College of Music on scholarship, which she will attend beginning in the fall of 2017. Other honors she has received include the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival scholarship to the Mark O’Connor summer program at Berklee College of Music, and the 2014 Bob Christopher scholarship.
With her different ensembles, she has been a featured performer at Winter Village Music Festival, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Clearwater Festival, and International Bluegrass Music Association’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. In the classical world, Sofía has been a finalist in the Danbury Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and was awarded the first Runner up in 2012. After performing with Norwalk Youth Symphony for four years, Sofía was a bassist in Danbury Community Orchestra for six years and joined Danbury Symphony Orchestra as a first violinist for the 2014-2015 season. In addition, she has been chosen to participate in masterclasses with notable performers such as Pamela Frank, Publiquartet, Sybarite 5, Jaime Laredo, Camerata New York, Odin Rathnam, and Sirena Huang. Sofía has also taught private violin lessons, and workshops focused on harmony singing and fiddling.