Sào Soulez Larivière


Sào Soulez Larivière | FRA/NED | *1998

Franco-Dutch violist Sào Soulez Larivière is quickly building himself a thriving career as a versatile musician. Captivating audiences with his playing and original programming, he endeavours to broaden the accessibility and understanding of classical music.

He is prize-winner of several international competitions, including the 2020 Oskar Nedbal Viola Competition, 2019 Max Rostal Competition, 2017 Cecil Aronowitz Competition and 2017 Johannes Brahms Competition. Moreover, he has been featured at numerous renowned academies such as the Verbier Festival, Ozawa Academy, and IMS Prussia Cove.

Chamber music has always been at the heart of his musical upbringing, sharing his love for music with his sister, violinist Cosima Soulez Larivière, with whom he still frequently performs.

A much sought-after chamber musician, Sào Soulez Larivière has appeared at various festivals such as Elba Isola Musicale d’Europa, Krzyzowa-Music Festival, and Chamber Music Connects the World in Kronberg. He is also a member of the Frielinghaus Ensemble, which released a highly praised album in 2020, featuring sextets by Dvořák and Tchaikovsky.

Born in Paris, Sào Soulez Larivière originally started playing the violin under the tutelage of Igor Voloshin, before being awarded a scholarship to study with Natasha Boyarsky at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England. Having discovered the viola whilst playing chamber and orchestral music there, he decided to fully devote himself to the instrument in 2016.

He currently resides in Berlin, where he pursues a Bachelor of Music degree with Tabea Zimmermann at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler.

He is supported by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, the Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now e.V., as well as by the Villa Musica Foundation Rheinland-Pfalz. Furthermore, he was awarded the 7th Fanny Mendelssohn Förderpreis, which saw him release his debut solo album Impression in 2021.

Sào Soulez Larivière plays on an instrument made by Frédéric Chaudière in 2013.



Foto © Jörg Reichardt

Stand: Januar 2022