Bronxville High School junior Sofia Ricciarini – a talented soprano vocalist and violinist in the high school orchestra – has won second place in the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra’s 41st annual Concerto Competition and earned a spot to perform with the orchestra during a recital on May 18.
Ricciarini, who underwent a rigorous audition process, will perform three arias from different operas: “Una Donna di Quindici anni” from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte opera, “Vedrai Carino” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni opera and “V’Adoro Pupille” from Handel’s Giulio Cesare opera.
“While I play violin in our school orchestra, I’ve never had the opportunity to sing a solo with orchestra accompanying me, so I’m very excited,” Ricciarini said. “It’s an opportunity I’ve always dreamed of having, since it’s not something most people get to experience.”
Outside of school, Ricciarini has been studying voice with Sun Young Chang at Concordia Conservatory for a few years, but only recently started singing pieces from operas. This summer, she will attend the Tanglewood Music Festival to further study classical voice. Most recently, Ricciarini was a first-place winner in the Rondo Young Artist Festival competition, for which she performed a solo during a recital at Carnegie Hall.
“Sofia is a gifted soprano, concertmistress of the high school orchestra, composer and music theory scholar,” orchestra director Denise Lutter said. “Her expressive performances are the result of exemplary work within each of the dispositions of the Bronxville Promise. The music faculty is very proud of her achievements and looks forward to her performance with the Yonkers Philharmonic.”
Sponsored by the Fine Arts Orchestral Society, the recital will take place at Saunders Trades & Technical High School in Yonkers on May 18 at 3 p.m. The Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, a nonprofit organization, provides free classical concerts to the community and operates through grants and generous contributions.