Hanna Landrum and Sophia Mockler join the Minnesota Orchestra’s violin section
The Minnesota Orchestra announced today that it has hired two new musicians following extensive auditions. Violinists Hanna Landrum and Sophia Mockler will both fill vacant positions in the second violin section of the Orchestra. Landrum, who is originally from Frontenac, Minnesota, begins her new role on June 10 in the Season Finale concerts. Mockler—a native of Brooklyn, New York—will start in September at the beginning of the Orchestra’s 2019-20 season.
Hanna Landrum previously held the position of principal second violin with the Rochester Philharmonic and has performed with numerous orchestras and at music festivals across the country. She has held leadership positions with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony and Firelands Symphony, and is a regular substitute with the Cleveland Orchestra. With a passion for contemporary music, she has participated in the premieres of many new American works, including collaborations with both visual arts and dance. Born and raised in Frontenac, Minnesota, she studied under Minnesota Orchestra violinist Aaron Janse before attending the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she earned both her bachelor of music and professional studies degrees mentored by David Updegraff and William Preucil. She has received numerous honors including the Dr. Jerome Gross prize and the Darius Milhaud award.
Violinist Sophia Mockler recently earned her master’s degree from the Yale School of Music with Ani Kavafian. Her previous teachers include Catherine Cho at the Juilliard School, Carmit Zori and Itzhak Perlman. She has attended multiple summer music festivals including the Verbier Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Program and the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, and recently made her debut on the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society. This year she toured throughout Europe with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer, performing at the Concertgebouw, Elbphilharmonie and Carnegie Hall. She has served as the concertmaster for the Verbier Festival Orchestra as well as the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra. In addition to playing violin, she enjoys singing opera and sang the lead role of Dido in Dido and Aeneas at Princeton University, where she received her bachelor’s degree.