Franco-Dutch violist Sào Soulez Larivière is ﬁrmly establishing himself as a versatile musician. Already at the age of 20, he is a top prizewinner of several
international competitions which include the International Max Rostal Competition (DE, 2019), the International Johannes Brahms Competition (AU, 2017), and the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition (UK, 2017).
As a soloist, he has been featured in prestigious music festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Kronberg Academy Festival and the Verbier Academy Festival. In addition to giving numerous solo appearances across Europe, Sào is a highly sought-after chamber musician, having performed in festivals such as the Alderney Chamber Music Festival (UK), Krzyzowa Music Festival (PL) and Kronberg’s
“Chamber Music Connects the Worldʼ (DE).
He often enjoys performing with his sister, violinist Cosima Soulez Larivière, with whom he plays his own arrangements of duos. Most notably, his arrangement of Paganini’s ‘Carnival of Venice’ has been shown on ‘Podium Witteman’, a Dutch nationwide TV show dedicated to classical music. His passion for widening the viola repertoire has led him to arrange several works for the instrument, ranging from J.S.Bach to L.Janáček. Having received the prize for the best interpretation of the commissioned work in the Max Rostal Competition, he continues to share and promote the works of contemporary composers.
Born in Paris, Sào originally started playing the violin at a very young age along with his sister. At just the age of eight, he was awarded a scholarship to study in the class of professor Natasha Boyarsky at the Yehudi Menuhin School (UK). While he split his time playing both the violin and viola during his ﬁnal years there, he decided to fully devote himself to the viola by 2016. In addition to his early education, Sào’s musical development has been enriched by working with world renowned musicians, such as Gerard Caussé, Nobuko Imai, Steven Isserlis, Gabor Tacács-Nagy, among others.
Sào is generously supported by scholarships from the Albert Cooper Music Charitable Trust, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, Yehudi Menuhin ‘LiveMusic Now’ Berlin e.V. Foundation, ‘Villa Musicaʼ Foundation, as well as the ‘Lucia – Loeserʼ Foundation.
He resides in Berlin where he pursues a Bachelor of Music degree with Professor Tabea Zimmermann at the ‘Hanns Eisler’ Hochschule für Musik.