Sonia Shklarov was born in Moscow, Russia, and spent her early childhood years in Israel, on a kibbutz. She started taking violin lessons at age eight, when her family moved to Calgary. Her passion for violin and orchestral performance has taken her to perform in New Zealand, Spain and Portugal, and in 2012, she performed as concertmaster of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic in Carnegie Hall, New York. Sonia received a Bachelor of Music degree from Lynn University in Florida, and went on to receive a Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, under the tutelage of Cyrus Forough. From 2012 to 2016, Sonia worked as a freelance violinist in Toronto and performed with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Symphony and Niagara Symphony. She moved to Winnipeg in August, 2016, to join the first violin section of the WSO. Outside of the Symphony, Sonia is an avid baker, and enjoys playing Klezmer music, spending time with friends, taking long walks and going to local coffee houses.