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American violinist Andrew Sords has a celebrated career as a soloist on four continents and in performances with 300 orchestras, Sords has been cited for combining visceral virtuosity with a ravishing tone, while international critics endorse Sords 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 received numerous awards and distinctions reflecting his career trajectory, including the 2012 Pittsburgh Concert Society Career Grant and the 2005 National Shirley Valentin Award.
Born in Newark, Delaware, Sords was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and began piano lessons at age five. A year later, he began studying violin with Liza Grossman, and continued studies with Linda Cerone, David Russell, and Chee-Yun Kim at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Southern Methodist University. Following Sords’ debut in Australia, the Melbourne Age declared, “Sords made a voluble soloist in Mozart’s Turkish concerto, forging his statements with an admirably firm clarity and bringing out the work’s virtuosity as often as possible. His bowing arm showed an attractive suppleness and an attention to variety of phrasing that made even the episodic finale a pleasure.” In the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons, Andrew Sords will perform in venues spanning Australia, Mexico, Quebec, the Caribbean, the Canary Islands, and across the United States.