Karen Shinozaki Sor

Second Violin

A familiar face on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene, Karen Shinozaki Sor is the Principal Second Violin of the Santa Rosa Symphony. She also performs with the Marin Symphony and as a regular substitute in the San Francisco Ballet and Opera Orchestras. As a founding member of the Grammy-nominated New Century Chamber Orchestra, she has concertized across Europe and the United States. Karen is a frequent chamber music collaborator, appearing with diverse groups including the Santa Rosa Chamber Players, Music at the Mission and the Sor Ensemble.

A Bay Area native, she received her BA from UC Berkeley as a student of Serban Rusu of Tiburon, then continued her studies as a recipient of a Hertz Traveling Fellowship at the Konservatorium für Musik Bern, Switzerland with Professor Igor Ozim. In her free time, Karen likes to relax with her cellist husband Eugene Sor, son Kenji and dog Jerry, and indulge in her addiction to the Times crossword puzzles.