Sofia Castillo has recently graduated from the Royal College of Music, London with a Masters of Performance, where she was a Doctor Knobel Fund Scholar, having studied with Sue Thomas, Celia Chambers, and Stuart McIlwham. Sofia has won the 1st Prize in the 28th ‘Gianluca Campochiaro’ 2020 Chamber Music International Music Competition, with pianist Marie Otaka, 1st prize in the RCM Solo Flute Prize Competition 2017, and was also awarded the Edward and Helen Hague Senior Woodwind Prize 2017.
Solo engagements have taken her to the U.S.A, New Zealand, South America, Middle East, and many European countries. In 2017, she was selected as a Concordia Foundation Artist with whom she has regularly presented chamber and solo recitals across the UK. Sofia has performed at many of the major concert halls in London including Cadogan Hall, the Queen Elisabeth Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St James’s Piccadilly.
Sofia has worked with several orchestras including the Philharmonia, the City of London Sinfonia, English Touring Opera, London Chamber Orchestra, Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru and Hastings Philharmonic, having worked with conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski, Santtu Matias-Rouvali, Gábor Takács-Nagy, Thomas Zehetmair, Nicholas Collon, Martin Andre, and Garry Walker. In September 2022 she gained a position with Southbank Sinfonia for the 2022-23 orchestra.
She has premiered and recorded works by many contemporary composers and has done various recordings for short films, video games and documentaries such as the BBC ‘Horizon’ program, the audio production / software company ‘Auddict’ and the Musical Productions ‘Rainfall’. Sofia was part of the CD recording of Ravel’s ‘Chansons Madécasses’ for Champs Hill Records, released in November 2021 with Julien Van Mellaerts (baritone), James Baillieu (piano) and Raphael Wallfisch (cello).