Paloma So China ← Back to list
Currently a student at Choate Rosemary Hall and Juilliard Pre-College, Paloma So has recently appeared at the Beijing Music Festival performing the monumental Kreutzer Sonata in a concert series celebrating Beethoven’s anniversary. She has been studying in the class of Prof. Zakhar Bron since the age of nine at his Academy in Interlaken, Switzerland. In September 2019, she commenced her studies with Prof. Catherine Cho and Prof. Donald Weilerstein at Juilliard.
In February 2014, Paloma SO made her debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra playing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5. Later that year, she was invited to perform as a soloist at the G20 Gala Dinner in Australia. In 2015, Paloma won Second Prize in the 17-and-below age group, at the prestigious 13th International Wieniawski Competition for Young Violinists in Lublin, Poland.
In April 2016, she was invited to perform Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. That same month, she was invited to perform at the Interlaken Classics Music Festival, sharing the stage with David Garrett as well as mentor Prof. Zakhar Bron. She made her debut at the Berlin Philharmonie, performing “Variations on an Original Theme” by Wieniawski. In May, she won First Prize at the 8th International Violin Competition in Novosibirsk, Russia as the youngest participant in the history at the age of ten. In November, she was invited by the Berlin Symphony Orchestra to perform the Bruch Violin Concerto at the Philharmonie. She reappeared as soloist with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in their New Year concerts on the 21st of December and 1st of January.
The year 2017 saw Paloma together with Maxim Vengerov performing Navarra with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing and Xi’an, Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3 at the Cadogan Hall and the Berlin Philharmonie, and the Waxman Carmen Fantasy at the ‘Symphony Under the Stars’ concert with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. As the soloist of the China Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2017 Tour of Asia, Paloma has also appeared at the Singapore Esplanade, Tokyo Kawasaki Concert Hall, Tokyo Suntory Hall, and Taipei National Theater. In December 2017 Paloma won the Golden Prize at the Moscow International Television Contest for Young Musicians “Nutcracker”.
In January 2018, Paloma performed Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor with Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra at their New Year’s Concerts in Bangkok. In April 2018, Paloma performed Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 in KunMing with Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra. In April 2018, she was invited to the Russian Culture Channel to perform Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 at the 23rd International Musical Olympus Festival Gala and Closing Concert in St. Petersburg. That same month, Paloma was invited by Vadim Repin to perform at the Trans-Siberian Arts Festival in Tokyo, along with Daisin Kashimoto and Mone Hattori. In July 2018, Paloma returned with the China Philharmonic Orchestra to Russia playing Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and the Mariinsky Theatre in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In October, Paloma was invited to perform at the XV International “Moscow meets Friends” Festival’s final concert. Additionally, she performed a recital in the Shanghai International Arts Festival along with violinists Ning Feng and Stefan Tarara.
In March 2019, Paloma was invited to perform alongside Maxim Vengerov in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins in B Minor at the Buckingham Palace celebrating Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra’s 20th Anniversary. As a keen advocate of the environment, she was invited to perform at the Nature Conservancy Gala Dinner In Hong Kong, raising awareness and funds towards wildlife conservation. The next month, she appeared with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra with her debut of the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor, and was invited to perform the concerto once again at the Busan Maru International Music Festival, where her performance with the Xiamen Philharmonic received great acclaim as well as the “Best Concert” award. In November 2019, she was invited to perform Bach’s Double Concerto with violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley at the Musicus Society Festival Finale Concert in Hong Kong.
In October 2020, Paloma was invited to perform Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major at the Beijing Music Festival. In December, Paloma will perform and record at the Yellow Lounge of Deutsche Grammophon, followed by three New Year’s Concerts with Maestro Long Yu in Beijing with China Philharmonic, In Shanghai with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and in Guangzhou with Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra; she will play Gang Chen’s MiaoLing’s Morning as well as Sarasate’s Navarra with the concertmaster of each orchestra. On 26 January, Paloma will perform Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 at the opening concert of 2021 Youth Music Culture Guangdong. Conducting by Maestro Long Yu. In March, she is invited to perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto No.2 with the Nie Er Symphony Orchestra in Kunming.