Sonya Matoussova

A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, cellist Sonya Matoussova now resides in Houston, where she is actively involved in the city’s music scene as both performer and educator.

In 2014, Ms. Matoussova was awarded First Prize at the Schlern International Music Competition in Italy. She was also a first-place winner at the Canadian Music Competition for two consecutive years, as well as a finalist in the Festival de Musique Classique du Bas-Richelieu Competition in Sorél-Tracy, Canada.

Ms. Matoussova holds the position of assistant principal cellist of the Symphony of Southeast Texas, and in 2015 was featured as soloist with the orchestra. She is also joining Mercury for several concerts this season. Ms. Matoussova was previously a member of the New Generation Chamber Orchestra (Montreal, QC) and the Aura Contemporary Ensemble. In addition to maintaining an active private studio, she is on the faculty of the International Music Academy and also teaches for the Coda Program; a Houston Youth Symphony initiative inspired by “El Sistema”.

Sonya Matoussova has participated in numerous music festivals, including the Domaine Forget Academy (Canada), Schlern International Music Festival (Italy), Tiberius Week (Romania), Texas Music Festival (USA) and the Orchestre de la Francophonie (Canada). She has performed in masterclasses for Mischa Maisky, Alexander Rudin, Alexander Ivashkin, Suren Bagratuni, and Brinton Smith, among others. Her passion for chamber music has taken her all over the world, with performances in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Italy, Poland, Romania, and the Netherlands. In 2008, Ms. Matoussova appeared with I Musici de Montreal as one of the soloists for the premiere of Paul Desenne’s Dragoncello for six celli and string orchestra.

Ms. Matoussova holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Montreal (class of Yuli Turovsky) and a Master of Music degree and Certificate in Music Performance from the University of Houston (class of Vagram Saradjian).