Paula Sokol-Elliott began violin studies at the age of five with her father, the renowned teacher and conductor, Vilem Sokol. After attending the University of Washington on a Breechman Scholarship, Paula graduated with honors from Indiana University where she studied with the legendary Josef Gingold. Stanislav Skrowaczewski invited her to join the Minnesota Orchestra, where she recorded the complete works of Ravel and Bartok for Vox Records. She also performed as violinist with the Vancouver Symphony, and as associate concertmaster of the Kalamazoo Symphony. Paula won the Saunderson Award at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Los Angeles, CA. and was 1st violin of the Leclair String Quartet which toured and recorded for the CBC (Canadaian Broadcasting Corporation). Chamber music coaches and teachers include Jamie Loredo, Ruggiero Ricci, Gyorgy Sebok, Michael Kuttner of the Hungarian String Quartet, Robert Koff of the Juilliard Quartet, and Bernard Goldschmidt of the Cleveland Orchestra. Her performances include appearances with the West Point Grey Chamber Players, Vancouver Chamber Players, Bach Festival at Mt. Angel, OR., Michigan Chamber Players, and the Chelsea Chamber Players. Paula has been on the faculties of the Meadowmount School of Music in New York, the Marrowstone Music Festival, McPhail College, the New Brunswick Music Festival, and the Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO. Solo appearances include the Minnesota Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Youth Symphony, the New Brunswck Chamber Orchestra, the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony, and the Flint Symphony where she received a glowing review for her performance of John William’s masterful violin solo Remembrances from Stephen Speilberg’s Schindler’s List.
Paula’s lifelong commitment to teaching began at the age of ten. She continuesto mentor her students in the exploration of the violin and viola repertoire and the technical challenges that each of these instruments present.
Currently Paula performs as Concertmaster of the Dexter Community Orchestra and plays several concerts a year with the Chelsea Chamber Players.