2017 Festival Orchestra: Sonja Braaten Molloy

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Sonja Braaten Molloy, violin
Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Director, MMYO Strings Chamber Music Workshop

Violinist Sonja Braaten Molloy joined The Cleveland Orchestra in June of 2000 beginning with the Orchestra’s Blossom Festival season. She holds bachelor and master of music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Linda Cerone, David Updegraff, and Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster, William Preucil. At CIM, Ms. Molloy was a recipient of the Jerome Gross Prize in Violin, was named Theodore Presser Scholar, and was co-recipient of the Bennett Levine Memorial Award in Chamber Music. Prior to joining the Cleveland Orchestra, Ms. Molloy was Assistant Concertmaster of Canton Symphony and played with the Wheeling and Youngstown Symphonies. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Molloy performs frequently on the Heights Arts concert series in Cleveland Heights, Ohio as both a violinist and violist. She is a member of Trio Nord, a string trio comprised of Cleveland Orchestra members.

She has participated in San Diego’s Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra since 2000 and is the Director of the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra Strings Chamber Music Workshop. A native of Minnesota, Ms. Molloy was a member of the Greater Twin Cities’ Youth Symphonies, an organization which was invaluable in shaping her musical career. She works closely with students in the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra in the hopes that she can provide the same musical guidance she had as a high school musician. She is also on the faculty at Cleveland’s Music School Settlement.

Ms. Molloy plays the Amati “Ex-Hepton” violin which is generously loaned to her by the Music Settlement on behalf of the estate of Melvin Ritter. Ms. Molloy lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband and two small children.