BIOGRAPHY

Sonia Wieder-Atherton

Sonia Wieder-Atherton’s musical language is open to the world. Over the years, this search has led her from one repertoire to another in an ongoing exploration. Her many recordings bear witness to his career.

Music tells a story, and the cello was my first storytelling tool. “

ABOUT

The genesis of a voice

Born in San Francisco to a mother of Romanian origin and an American father, she grew up in New York and then Paris. She soon entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Maurice Gendron’s class. At 19, she crossed the Iron Curtain to live in Moscow, where she studied with Natalia Shakhovskaya at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In addition to excellent teaching, her Russian years have left her with a special relationship with time and history. On her return to France, she won the Rostropovich Competition at the age of 25.

Sonia Wieder-Atherton collaborates with many contemporary composers(Betsy Jolas, Pascal Dusapin, Francesco Filidei, Georges Aperghis, Wolfgang Rihm, Bernard Foccroule, Edith Canat de Chizy), for whom she has become a privileged interpreter. As a soloist, she performs under the direction of numerous conductors: Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Belgique, Liège Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon, Luxembourg Philharmonic, NDR Orchestra Hanover, REMIX Ensemble, Les Siècles, Asko/Schönberg. She plays chamber music with Imogen Cooper, Elisabeth Leonskaya, Raphaël Oleg, Alexander Paley, Bruno Fontaine and others.

ABOUT

A MULTI-FACETED MUSICAL UNIVERSE

A universe of multiple materials and multiple voices. She has conceived and directed a number of projects, including D’Est en musique, a show based on images from Chantal Akerman’s film D’Est. Danses Nocturnes, starring Charlotte Rampling, brings together the works of Benjamin Britten and Sylvia Plath. Shakespeare Bach, with Charlotte Rampling , around sonnets by Shakespeare, Bach and Monteverdi. Navire Night, by Marguerite Duras, with Fanny Ardant. Exil, a new work for cello, piano and eight voices. She has worked with dancer Shantala Shivalingappa, André Markowicz and Jacques Higelin…

Chants juifs, a cycle for cello and piano inspired by the art of the Hazans. Chants d’Est, for cello and instrumental ensemble, is conceived as a journey from Russia to Mittel Europa. Vita, for solo cello and three cellos, the life of Angioletta-Angel through two geniuses out of their time, Monteverdi and Scelsi. Odyssey for cello and imaginary choir, a woman alone with her cello, accompanied by a soundtrack, confronts the elements: wind, waves, chaos, storms. Cadenza, or the dreams of Luigi Boccherini. Little Girl Blue, in the form of a letter to Nina Simone.

KEY COLLABORATIONS ON THE CONTEMPORARY MUSIC SCENE

Sonia Wieder-Atherton collaborates with many contemporary composers (Betsy Jolas, Pascal Dusapin, Francesco Filidei, Georges Aperghis, Wolfgang Rihm, Bernard Foccroule, Edith Canat de Chizy), for whom she has become a privileged interpreter. As a soloist, she performs under the direction of numerous conductors: Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Belgique, Liège Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon, Luxembourg Philharmonic, NDR Orchestra Hanover, REMIX Ensemble, Les Siècles, Asko/Schönberg. She plays chamber music with Imogen Cooper, Elisabeth Leonskaya, Raphaël Oleg, Alexander Paley, Bruno Fontaine and others.

In 2020, Sonia Wieder-Atherton signed a publishing partnership with Alpha Classics.

In 2011, she was awarded the Prix des Arts by the Fondation Bernheim.

In 2020, she was named Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Sonia Wieder-Atherton played for the nation’s solemn tribute to Simone Veil at the Panthéon in 2018.

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WORKS DEDICATED TO SONIA WIEDER-ATHERTON

GEORGES APERGHIS

Le Rest du temps, for cello, cymbalum and ensemble
created with the Nouvel Ensemble de Montréal in 2003

Bloody Luna, for cello and ensemble
created with Porto’s Remix ensemble in 2007

PASCAL DUSAPIN

Celo, cello concerto
created with the Orchestre de Caen in 1997

BETSY JOLAS

Wanderlied (2003)

WOLFGANG RIHM

Versuchung, cello concerto
created with Les Siècles in 2009

20TH AND 21ST CENTURY REPERTOIRE

BELA BARTOK

Viola concerto (transcription: Tibor Serly)

ERNEST BLOCH

Schelomo

MAX BRUCH

Kol Nidrei Op.47

EDITH CANAT DE CHIZY

Moïra, cello concerto (first performance 1998)

ANDRE CAPLET

Epiphany, based on an Ethiopian tale

EDISON DENISOV

Variations on a theme by Haydn

FRANCO DONATONI

Le Ruisseau sur l’escalier

HENRI DUTILLEUX

A world away

EDWARD ELGAR

Concerto in E minor Op.85

GEORGE ENESCO

Symphonie concertante Op.8

GABRIEL FAURÉ

Elegy Op.24

ARTHUR HONEGGER

Concerto

ARAM ILITCH KHATCHATURIAN

Concerto in E major

GYORGY LIGETI

Concerto

WITOLD LUTOSLAWSKI

Grave

BOHUSLAV MARTINU

Sonate da camera
Concerto n˚2

NIKOLAI MIASKOVSKI

Concerto (1946)

DARIUS MILHAUD

Concerto n˚2

MAURICE OHANA

In Dark and Blue, concerto n˚2

SERGEI PROKOFIEV

Symphonie concertante

MAURICE RAVEL

Two Hebrew melodies

OTTORINO RESPIGHI

Adagio con Variazione

WOLFGANG RIHM

Konzert in einem Satz

CAMILLE SAINT SAENS

La Muse et le poète, concerto for violin and cello

GIACINTO SCELSI

Ballata

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH

Concerto n˚1 in A minor Op.77
Concerto n˚2 in C# minor Op.126

RICHARD STRAUSS

Don Quixote

IANNIS XENAKIS

Epicycle

BERND ALOIS ZIMMERMANN

Concerto in the form of a pas de trois

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

6 suites BWV 1007-1012

BELA BARTOK

Violin sonata (transcription for cello)

LUCIANO BERIO

The words went

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

3 suites Op.72, 80 and 87

GASPAR CASSADO

Suite

GEORGE CRUMB

Sonata

FRANCO DONATONI

Blade

PASCAL DUSAPIN

Immer – Invece – Incisa – Imago

HENRI DUTILLEUX

Three stanzas on the name of Sacher

LEOS JANACEK

Poems on a Moravian song

ZOLTAN KODALY

Sonata Op.8

GYORGY KURTAG

Pilinszky Janos: Gérard de Nerval

GYORGY LIGETI

Sonata

SERGEI PROKOFIEV

Sonata Op.134

GIACINTO SCELSI

Trilogy

YURI SIMAKIN

Sonata

IGOR STRAVINSKY

Elegy

BORIS TCHAIKOVSKY

Suite in D minor

FOR CELLO AND PIANO

Leoš Janáček, Pohadka – Béla Bartók, Romanian Dances – Franz Schubert, Litanei-Arpeggione – Franz Liszt, Lugubre gondole – Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonatas and Variations – Johannes Brahms, Three Sonatas – Anton Webern, Three Little Pieces – Manuel de Falla, Suite populaire espagnole – Claude Debussy, Sonata

New release

BACH: Cello Suites Nos. 3 & 4

“It’s a question of digging into the string until the phrase is born, along with its right breath. A sentence in perpetual becoming. It never stops being made and remade. I waited a long time to record them. And then one day, or rather one night, I began.”