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Third Prize
Paul Laraia, Viola
USA

Moné Hattori, Violin, JAPAN)

 1st Prize winner the 13th Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and 14th Sphinx

Competition, violist Paul Laraia is enjoying the early stages of an international career as soloistand chamber musician. Acclaimed by the Strad for his "eloquent” and "vibrant" playing, Paulhas been soloist with the major orchestras of Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Bogata, New Jersey, Nashville,New Haven, and St. Paul.

 

As a principal member of the internationally acclaimed Sejong Soloists and as the violist

of the Grammy Award winning Catalyst Quartet, Paul has given hundreds of performances

globally in venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, the Kennedy Center in DC, Seoul

Arts Center, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series, and

London's Wigmore Hall. Additionally, he has been an invited artist at major festivals such as theYellow Barn, Sarasota, Vail International Dance, Festival Del Sole, incheon music hic et nunc!,Hong Kong Generation Next Arts, Sitka, Banff, Grand Canyon, and Cornell’s “Mayfest”, wherehe has collaborated with artists such as Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Jorg Widmann,Vadim Repin, Edgar Meyer, Donald Weilerstein, Cho-lang Lin, Anthony Marwood, and PaulHuang.

 

Laraia comes from a Philadelphian viola lineage, having studied with Brynina

Socolofsky, Choon-jin Chang, and Che-hung Chen during his formative years in highschool.

Paul then continued his studies at the New England Conservatory of Music under Kim

Kashkashian, where he made musical friends and colleagues that continue to influence him to this day