Colin Sorgi Violist
American violist Colin Sorgi joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra viola section in 2018. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Colin holds degrees from both the Peabody Conservatory and Indiana University studying violin and viola with renowned musicians Herbert Greenberg and Jaime Laredo. He has also worked extensively with violinist/violist Pinchas Zukerman.
Colin has appeared as guest principal with the Canadian National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival and he made his solo debut at the Aspen Music Festival in 2012. He has since been heard as soloist and in recital on the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Chicago Cultural Center, Canada’s National Arts Centre and at the 2012 Naumburg International Competition, among others. In August 2015, Colin made his European debut at the prestigious Lucerne Festival in Switzerland giving the European premiere of the concerto “Forever and Ever” by Tod Machover (Musical America’s 2015 Composer of the Year) – a performance The Guardian (UK) hailed as "unwavering conviction – subtle, striking and moving.” Colin’s first commercial recording alongside pianist Jooeun Pak was released in October 2012 on the IUmusic label for the Latin American Music Center and featured premiere recordings of works by living Latin American. Fanfare Magazine described the recording as "a tour de force of stamina, virtuosity and rhythmic precision."
From 2006 to 2016, Colin was the founder and artistic director of Baltimore's acclaimed SONAR new music ensemble, named Baltimore City Paper's "Best Classical Group" in 2014. This season's highlights include Jennifer Higdon's Viola Concerto and Hector Berlioz's Harold in Italy with the Capital City Symphony, numerous chamber music appearances and a return as guest principal with the Colorado Music Festival orchestra. Colin and his wife Jaclyn (who is also a violist!) reside in Northeast Baltimore with their 1-year-old daughter Clara.