As an interpreter of a very broad repertoire reflecting her imaginative world, a designer of projects, and a musician sought after by many contemporary composers, French-American cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton occupies a special place on today's musical scene. She has played as soloist with the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de France, the Belgian Orchestre National, the Liege Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon, the Luxembourg Philharmonic, the NDR Hanover Orchestra, the REMIX Ensemble, Les Siecles, Asko/Schonberg... With conductors such as Louis Langree, Marc Minkowski, Lawrence Foster, Alain Altinoglu, Janos Furst, Pascal Rophe, Matthias Pinscher, Gunter Neuhold, Francois-Xavier Roth, Herve Niquet, Nathalie Stutzmann, Reinbert de Leeuw among others.
Pascal Dusapin, Georges Aperghis, Wolfgang Rihm and others have written numerous works for her. She regularly plays with the pianists Imogen Cooper, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Georges Pludermacher, and Bruno Fontaine.
She has been invited to perform her projects, for which she has overseen both the conception and the staging, in numerous festivals and in venues such as, in France, the Opera Comique, the Cite de la Musique, the Theatre de la Ville, Musica in Strasbourg, the Printemps de Bourges; in Great Britain the Bath Music Festival and the Cheltenham Festival; the Houston Festival and the Crossing the Line Festival in the USA; the Dortmund Opera in Germany; the Spoleto and Cseta Festivals in Italy; as well as the Casa da Musica in Porto; Crossing the Lines in New York.
On completing her studies at the Conservatoire National de Paris under Maurice Gendron, and after several tutorials with Mstislav Rostropovitch, she left for Moscow to study for two years in Natalia Shakhovskaya's class at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. On her return she became laureate of the Concours Rostropovitch.
Today her concerts and staging are increasingly in demand not only in France but abroad: VITA Monteverdi-Scelsi, a concert that weaves together Monteverdi's madrigals and Giancinto Scelsi's cello trilogy in an original manner; Chants d'Est, a concert for cello and chamber orchestra that spans Russia and Mitteleuropa; From the East in Music, a performance conceived on the basis of Chantal Akerman's film.
Recently she founded the Niguna Ensemble, with which she performs a number of programs of her creation. Her earlier recordings on BMG bear witness to the evolution of her career: Beginning with Monteverdi, Trios de Schubert, En Sonate, Concerto (Pascal Dusapin), En concerto with the Sinfonia Varsovia, directed by Janos Furst (Ravel, Bartуk and Shostakovitch). Since 2009, she has recorded exclusively for naпve. She has released Chants d'Est and VITA Monteverdi-Scelsi. The reissue of her Jewish Songs for piano and cello, the original recording of which has by now become a classic, provided the occasion to discover texts written by Sonia Wieder-Atherton herself: 14 "recits", brief texts on time, memory and transmission that connect with each of the songs.
Recognizing in Sonia Wieder-Atherton one of the most dynamic musical personalities of our time, the Academie des Beaux-Arts bestowed on her the "Grand Prix Del Duca" in 1999. In May of 2011, Sonia Wieder-Atherton received the Art prize of the Bernheim Foundation, an award that every year recognizes - in each of the three domains: the arts, the humanities and science - a recipient whose work is exceptionally innovative.