Andrew SordsCleveland, Ohio
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American violinist ANDREW SORDS has received effusive praise for his performances combining ravishing tone and dazzling virtuosity. Hailed critically in the press as “a fully formed artist” (Kalisz-Poland News), “utterly radiant” (Canada’s Arts Forum) and “exceptionally heartfelt and soulful” (St. Maarten’s Daily Herald), Sords has appeared as soloist with nearly 150 orchestras worldwide. Continually diversifying his repertoire and appearances, Sords is respected as a charismatic performer, clinician and recording artist. In 2012, Sords was the recipient of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Career Grant.
Born in Newark, Delaware, Sords began piano lessons at five, followed shortly by violin lessons. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Chee-Yun, and counts Linda Cerone, David Russell, and Chee-Yun among his teachers.
During the 2014-15 season, Sords will perform works of Sibelius, Brahms, Beethoven, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Bruch with orchestras in Windsor, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Palm Springs, Colorado, Pittsburgh, and others. Recent engagements include performances in Australia, Poland, Toronto, St. Croix, San Miguel de Allende, Washington D.C., and Cleveland, where the review stated: “Sords impressed with his total command of technique, consummate musicianship and bravura as he tossed of scads of notes and sang out like a diva.” (ClevelandClassical) Engaged several seasons in advance, Sords is planning tours of the Shostakovich and Elgar concerti in 2016, as well as the Bach and Ysaye sonata cycles. A regular soloist in the Caribbean, Sords has performed in Anguilla, Grand Cayman, St. Maarten, and in Puerto Rico with Maestro Luis Biava conducting (Tchaikovsky). Festival appearances include the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, the Lakes Area Chamber Festival, and the Renova Festival, with a debut in 2014 at the Costa Rica International Music Festival. Additionally, Sords competed in Pittsburgh’s “Dancing with the Stars” 2013 as the first classical artist to do so.
Sords’s New-Age album, “Transcendence”, has been a commercial and critical success, with reviews stating: “much of this is owed to the gorgeous and precise playing of Andrew Sords, whose violin adds a thrumming undercurrent of pure life throughout the album’s stainless steel structure.” This album is available on iTunes, Amazon.com, and CDBaby.
Recently, Sords has expanded his performance repertoire to include little known works by Schumann, Suk, Arensky, Vieuxtemps, Hubay, and others. With pianist Elizabeth DeMio, Sords performs the Schumann Sonata Cycle at Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral Recital Series – this following their Brahms Sonata Cycle, described by ClevelandClassical as “a full and glorious sound …superb…Sords and DeMio were in complete agreement and, indeed, partners.”
Strongly committed to the promotion of classical music, Sords dedicates a portion of his time at nearly all engagements to educational outreach, masterclasses and community programming. Sords performs on a 1912 Augustine Talisse violin with strings exclusively provided by Warchal, Inc.
Sords makes his home in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and is represented by EMC Artists, Ltd.
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