Classical Violinist / Folk-Fiddler / Composer / Teacher / Contemporary Improviser
Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Johanna Sö was trained in the Suzuki tradition of classical violin playing, and has been awarded a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts degree in Violin Performance, Music Education, and Anthropology from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Influenced by her classical training, Sö has been commended for her diverse and soulful improvisations, and for crafting melodies that produce an introspective and captivating experience. Sö has always felt a connection to the art of improvisation and has made it a personal pursuit to experience music from many different cultures and genres - which led her to a varied performance career. Her most recent work has been as a touring fiddle player with the celtic folk/rock band The Town Pants.
Sö’s performance resume includes work with many acclaimed artists, including Grammy Award winning Portugal. The Man, the Grammy Nominated band Gungor, Singer-Songwriter Joy Ike, and the touring collective The Brilliance. As a solo artist, armed with her loop pedal, Sö has performed at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Arts Festival, and has opened for the brass quartet The Westerlies. Sö has also worked as a recording artist for various independent artists, including Guy Russo (singer-songwriter) and Combine The Victorious (Vancouver Based Tech-Pop Duo).
As a classical musician, Sö has performed at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Keith Lockhart, and has shared a stage with violin prodigy Midori. Sö studied with Andres Cardenes, the former concert-master of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. After completing her degree in Violin Performance and Anthropology at Carnegie Mellon University, Sö continued her violin study with Pittsburgh Symphony violinist Lorien Hart.
With a background in Music Education K-12, and as a Suzuki trained teacher, Sö has spent over a decade teaching young musicians. While maintaining an active performance career, it has always been a priority in her life to take opportunities to pass on the musical traditions that were shared with her by many wonderful mentors and teachers.
You can hear two of Sö's original compositions, Resilience and The Long Way Back, featured on the album Something To Say - released by The Town Pants in 2018.