Salt Lake Symphony Guest Artist
Dr. Kasia Sokol-Borup is a native of Lublin, Poland. Having been born onto a musical family, she began playing the violin at age six. At age twelve she had won her first award at a national Polish competition and won a Scholarship for Gifted Children. Over the next few years, she competed in several Polish national competitions as well as international competitions, and received numerous awards. At age seventeen she travelled the US as a scholarship winner for the Interlochen Arts Camp, Interlochen, MI. Subsequently, she received a full scholarship to study at the Interlochen Arts Academy.
Dr. Kasia Sokol-Borup holds a DMA degree from Indiana University, a MM degree from Northwestern University and a BM degree from Western Michigan University. In the course of her studies she has worked with such prominent musicians as Miriam Fried, Almita Vamos, Menahem Pressler, Renata Knific and Mimi Zweig. Dr. Sokol-Borup earned her Masters Degree from NU on a full scholarship in conjunction with Chicago Civic Orchestra, a professional training orchestra to Chicago Symphony. While at IU she has earned her doctoral degree as an assistant to Miriam Fried and worked at the Jacobs School of Music Pre-college School under the direction of Mimi Zweig.
In 2006, Dr. Sokol- Borup begun her work as an Assistant Professor at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, where she taught violin, viola, chamber music and orchestra. While living in Durango, she was also the director of the Durango Youth Orchestra as well as a concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony and a director of the Durango Chamber Music Festival.
In 2010, Dr. Sokol-Borup moved to Salt Lake City, UT, where she teaches violin, chamber music and string pedagogy at the University of Utah. Her diverse music education and experience as a performer and a teacher lead her to create a pre-college strings program at the University of Utah, the U of U String Preparatory Division, which she directs. Dr. Sokol-Borup was also leading the effort to design a MM degree in String Performance and Pedagogy at The U of U, which was implemented in 2012. Graduates from this program have been successfully employed in positions around the country. Dr. Sokol-Borup is the president of the Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake. She herself is an active chamber musician, performs solo concerts and gives clinics. Her clinics, master classes and lectures focus on violin technique, teaching the violin, leading sting group classes and youth orchestras. She has trained and worked with teachers in the United States and in Europe at festivals such as the Moab Music Festival and Saarburg Festival, Germany.
Dr. Sokol-Borup lives in Salt Lake City with her husband – violinist, Hasse Borup and their two children Sophia and Christopher. She plays on a violin made by luthier Ryan Soltis in 2008.