Freya Goldmark

Festival Director / Violin

British violinist Freya Goldmark (b.1996) enjoys a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and director.

Beginning violin lessons aged four, by her mid teens Freya had performed as a soloist across the UK, Europe and Asia, making her concerto debut aged 13 at the Rachmaninov Institute, Russia. Since then, she has enjoyed a burgeoning career performing as a soloist at many celebrated UK venues including Cadogan Hall, Elgar Room Albert Hall, St.John’s Waterloo, Mansion House and The Purcell Room. Her 2023/2024 season includes performances of Mendelssohn, Bruch and Beethoven concertos as well as multiple performances of Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending. Upcoming performances see Freya travelling to Bogotá, New York, Philadelphia, Burghausen, Berlin, Edinburgh and Norway.

In Autumn of 2022 Freya became the new first violinist of the Ligeti Quartet. The quartet have ​been ​at ​the ​forefront ​of ​modern ​and ​contemporary ​music since ​their ​formation ​in ​2010, ​breaking ​new ​ground ​through ​innovative ​programming ​and championing ​of ​today’s ​most ​exciting ​composers ​and ​artists. 2023 performances included recitals at Southbank Centre, Kings Place, an autumn tour to Canada and multiple performances at Aldeburgh Festival in June featuring fifteen world premieres co commissioned by Britten Pears Arts, BBC Radio 3 Bourgie Hall and the quartet themselves. As part of the quartet Freya has taught and led performances at Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Chethams School of Music, The Royal Danish Academy and The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto.

Freya enjoys collaborating with many brilliant musicians throughout the UK and further afield. As a chamber musician she has played at Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, Cadogan Hall, Kings Place, West Road Concert Hall, The Purcell Room, and Elgar Room, Albert Hall. Freya is regularly invited to perform with brilliant ensembles - she tours often with Scottish Ensemble, leads strings for composer Erland Cooper, and was guest principal of Cambridge Philharmonic for their Spring/Summer 2023 season.

Freya is passionate not only about performing music but also bringing it to as many people as possible and she began organising concerts in her early teens. She now regularly directs and brings together groups of other musicians. Freya founded Stamford International Music Festival when she was only 19. This chamber music festival takes place in the town in which she grew up. From 2019-2021 Freya was director of Cambridge Summer Music Festival, the youngest person to take on this role in the Festival’s 45 year history. Her time with CSM included bringing over 120 musicians to Cambridge for 31 concerts in July 2021.

Freya graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2018 where she studied as a Foundation Scholar with Maciej Rakowski, who taught her from the age of ten.

Freya performs on her Camilli of Mantua violin c1740.

Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux

Violin

In 2021 Charlotte was a prize winner in the inaugural Young Classical Artists Trust (London) and Concert Artists Guild (New York) 2021 International Auditions.

Recent highlights include appearances at Wigmore Hall, a BBC Prom with the dynamic 12 Ensemble (a string collective of world classchamber musicians), and a performance of the Franck Piano Quintet at the Gstaadt Festival with Alina Ibragimova, Lawrence Power, Sol Gabetta and Bertrand Chamayou. Her debut album for Champs Hill records of music for solo violin is due for release later this year.

An avid chamber musician, Charlotte has taken part in Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove, the Santander Encuentro Festival, East Neuk Festival, the Musethica Festivals in Zaragoza and Berlin, the Evian Festival in France and Stift Festival in Holland.

She is leader of the Quatuor Confluence, First Prize-winners at the Trondheim Int. String Quartet Competition and are currently young artist in residence at the Fondation Singer-Polignac in Paris. The Quartet studies with Mathieu Herzog (founder member of the Quatuor Ébène).

Charlotte enjoys playing a wide variety of repertoire, including more rarely heard solo concertos by Panufnik, Vasks and Joachim, the latter which she has performed, alongside Bernstein’s Serenade, with the Budapest Concerto Orchestra conducted by András Keller.

Born in France, this summer Charlotte completes her Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music in London with Alina Ibragimova. Prior to this she studied in Montpellier, and with Natasha Boyarsky at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey.

She has participated in numerous masterclasses with world-renowned teachers including Ana Chumachenco, Zakhar Bron, Pavel Vernikov, Maxim Vengerov, and András Keller. Charlotte is a Countess of Munster Recital Scheme Artist.

Charlotte is currently playing on a Giovanni Battista Rogeri, kindly loaned to her by the Swiss foundation Boubo-Music.

Sofía Gómez Alberto

Violin / Viola

Sofía Gómez Alberto is a Spanish violinist and violist based in London. Born in 2000 in Zaragoza, she started learning the violin at the age of 5 with Valeri Gazarian. In 2017, Sofía moved to London to further her studies at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Anna-Liisa Bezrodny. At the end of the year she was awarded the Lutine Prize, as a result of which she performed as a soloist with the orchestra of the School.

In July 2022, Sofía completed her undergraduate studies at the Royal College of Music with Lutsia Ibragimova and Yuri Zhislin, graduating with First Class Honours. She was also awarded the Viola Prize at the 2022 RCM Viola Competition. Throughout her studies, Sofía has participated in masterclasses with artists such as Maxim Vengerov, Mari Tampere-Bezrodny, Alina Ibragimova, Tanja Becker-Bender and Valentina Korolkova.

Passionate about chamber music, Sofía has played with various ensembles, performing around Spain, Germany, Estonia and the UK. Back in 2017, Sofía took part in the Musethica Mastering Performance Program in Zaragoza, for which she has been reinvited as a violist for the year 2022/2023.

Orchestra also has a very important part in her life, and she has taken part in several youth orchestras and festivals such as the European Union Youth Orchestra, Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, LGT Young Soloists and the Cuban-European Academy.

Sofía is currently in her first year of Master of Performance at the Royal College of Music, studying under Itzhak Rashkovsky and Nathan Braude. She is an Antonio Brosa Award Holder, and is grateful to have received the ABRSM Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Award, a St Marylebone Educational Foundation grant and an AIE Grant to support her studies.

Sofía plays on a Nicolò Gagliano violin and a Joseph Hill viola, both kindly on loan from the Royal College of Music.

Edgar Francis

Viola

Edgar Francis is a dynamic and versatile musician, with a passion for performing that involves him in all aspects of the viola. He has performed in leading venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Kolner Philarmonie and The Royal Festival Hall. As 1st Prize Winner at the 2021 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition, his debut album will be released on Champs Hill records.

Edgar started his musical journey with Sheila Nelson, before studying with Matthew Souter at Wells Cathedral School. He is currently studying for a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music with Hélène Clement. While at RAM he has won 1st Prize in the Wilfrid Parry Prize, as well as receiving a Regency Award, the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Prize and the Olwen Doreen Leyshon Prize.

Edgar has attended festivals such as IMS Prussia Cove, Mendelssohn on Mull, North Norfolk Music Festival, Southwell Music Festival and Kinnordy Chamber Music Festival, and has performed on BBC Radio 3. Orchestrally, Edgar enjoys playing with a variety of groups, including Sinfonia of London, Aurora Orchestra and O/Modernt. Also in demand as a soloist, he has played solo recitals at venues such as Powderham Castle and the Millennium Centre.

Edgar plays on a 2012 Mario Miralles viola, generously on loan from RAM through the Calleva Foundation. He is a recipient of a 2022 Hattori Foundation Senior Award. Upcoming projects include Yellowbarn Summer Festival and Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music.

Connie Pharoah

Viola

Connie is an exciting British Violist, performing across Europe as a soloist and leader, and internationally as a chamber musician.

Connie has a wealth of chamber music experience and enjoys putting together collaborative chamber concerts. Her artistic and conceptual approach has been largely influenced by musicians she has played with at festivals and residencies, namely Yellow Barn, Maiastra, AIMS, Lac Leman, Llandtwitt and Zermatt Music Festival. Having performed as a soloist in the 2019 and 2022 IMS Prussia Cove seminar concerts, Connie frequently attends the IMS Open Chamber Music sessions. This year, Connie’s performances as a soloist in the Schiermonnikoog festival prompted an invitation to perform at the Het Concertgebouw. Last year, Connie featured in the album Soliloquies with Maria Hegele and Anna Szalucka, playing Frank Bridge’s Songs for voice, viola and piano.

Based in Amsterdam, Connie is a member of the Marigold Piano Quartet who last year made their debut concert at the Concertgebouw de Vereeniging in the Netherlands and who’s members are often invited to play concerts as a string trio. The quartet stands for a passionate and sincere approach to the chamber music repertoire, playing works from all different periods. They are supported by the NSKA scheme and are strongly influenced by Eberhart Feltz who has been an encouraging mentor. Connie was previously the violist of the Ebenos and Serpentine Ensembles, both of whom explored a combination of wind and string repertoire. She has also performed at Wigmore Hall as a member of the RCM Chamber Musicians, given multiple concerts with the Sepia Quartet and premiered contemporary chamber music with the Echo Ensemble.

As a leader, Connie enjoys playing in a wide variety of groups ranging from chamber to symphony orchestras. Her inspiring experiences performing with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, O’Modernt Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Octave Ensemble, 12 Ensemble, and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic led her to found the Seida Ensemble. The ensemble have made notable performances as an unorthodox unconducted twelve piece string group, which uses music as a force of activism, connectivity and community, and aims to broaden the classical music landscape whilst bringing hope and change to the wider society.

As a violinist she has regularly played with the Capital Orchestra which engages with popular and jazz culture and collaborates with emerging artists, creating innovative methods of musical development. She has also worked closely with popular artists and producers such as Joy Crookes, Max Pope, Hilts and Ezra Lloyd Jackson, broadening her interest of composing and collaborating. Connie has a particular interest in raising money for Sarcoma UK. For instance, in March 2019 she gave a solo recital in London, and in 2020 performed a virtual concert of Britten’s Lachrymae with Bradley Wood.

At the age of nine Connie Pharoah gained a place at the Royal Academy of Music to study the violin with Erica Graigner de Sa and viola with Jacky Woods. Subsequently, she won the John McAslan Violin Prize, the Viola Prize and the Lower Strings Prize. Currently she is studying for her masters degree at the Conservatoire van Amsterdam with Nobuko Imai and Marjolein Dispa. Previously, she studied with Andriy Viytovych, Bryony Gibson-Cornish and Gabrielle Lester at the Royal College of Music where she completed her Bachelor with a first class degree. While there Connie performed as principal violist for all the college orchestras, won the Viola Prize in her second year, and received memorable masterclasses with Lawrence Power, Maxim Rysanov, Antonello Farulli, Isabelle Villanueva and Jennifer Stumm.

Connie is generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. She plays on a Charles Coquet viola and an Emmanuel Carlier bow.

Maxim Calver

Cello

Praised for the “elegance of his technique, overall sound and natural poeticism” (Strad Magazine), Maxim Calver made his concerto debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall, Birmingham as part of the Grand Final of the BBC Young Musician Competition 2018. In high demand as a soloist across the UK and Europe, in October 2021 Maxim made his European Concerto Debut in the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie (Grosse Saal), where he performed Schumann’s Cello Concerto.

Maxim has performed as soloist in many other leading venues across the UK and Europe, including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, Kulturcasino Bern and the Apex, Bury St. Edmunds. He has recently performed as concerto soloist with the Bath, Stockport, Ipswich, Maidstone and Young Musician Symphony Orchestras, the Orpheus Sinfonia and Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra amongst many others. Last seasons recital highlights include appearances at the Menuhin Hall, Norwich Chapel Concert Series, St. James’ Guernsey and others. In 2022 he was selected as a Countess of Munster Recital Scheme Artist for the 2023/24 season.

His upcoming highlights include a wide variety of solo and chamber concerts with venues including Vienna Musikverein (Brahms-saal), Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room and a return to Hamburg Elbphilharmonie (Grosse Saal). He will perform recitals across the UK including a debut recital at the Kings Lynn Festival and his upcoming concerto performances include performances both Elgar and Shostakovich cello concertos.

Originally from Gorleston-on-Sea in Norfolk, Maxim started the cello at the age of 4 with Maja Passchier before moving to the Yehudi Menuhin School to study with Thomas Carroll aged just 8 years old. He currently studies at the Royal College of Music with Professor Melissa Phelps, where he is proud to be an ABRSM Scholar for his postgraduate studies. He has received masterclasses from many of the worlds leading cellists including Heinrich Schiff, Guy Johnston, Julian Lloyd Webber, Paul Katz and most recently with Gary Hoffman as an ‘active participant’ at the Kronberg Academy cello masterclasses and with Steven Doane at the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Cornwall.

A passionate chamber musician, Maxim has appeared at many festivals across the UK and Europe, including the International Pau Casals Festival in El Vendrell, Klosters Winter Music Festival, Lewes Chamber Music Festival, Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Stamford International Chamber Music Festival. He has also appeared as a chamber musician in leading venues across Europe including St. Johns Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin (Grosse Saal) and a live radio broadcast from The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

Maxim is extremely grateful to have received support from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Drake Calleja Trust, Hattori Foundation and the Young Classical Artists Trust for their generous support in their aftercare scheme for BBC Young Musician finalists.

Maxim plays an Alberto Aloyisius Blanchi cello, dated 1906.

Peteris Sokolovskis

Cello

Latvian cellist Peteris Sokolovskis is enjoying a freelance career as a chamber musician, orchestral player and very occasionally a soloist. Just before the world ended, Peteris managed to perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Barnet Symphony Orchestra and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra . As guest principal Peteris has played with the Netherlands Philharmonic and Trondheim Symphony Orchestras and is a regular in the London Symphony Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra. Peteris was a member of Kremerata Baltica for 4 years, touring extensively throughout Europe, North and South Americas and Asia. As a chamber musician Peteris has performed in festivals in Europe and South America. Peteris is a regular teacher at the Oxford Cello School and La Mariette Junior Course in France and he regularly works with the LSO outreach programmes and Multi-Story Orchestra.

Eliza Millett

Cello

Cellist Eliza Millett is a graduate of the University of Oxford, attaining First-class Honours in Music, and of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied cello with John Myerscough. Eliza has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in a number of UK venues and festivals such as the Lake District International Festival, Mendelssohn on Mull Festival, Wigmore Hall, IMS Prussia Cove, St John's Smith Square and St James Piccadilly.

She is a founder member of the award-winning Echea Quartet, currently Chamber Music Fellows of the Royal College of Music and recent winners of the Royal Overseas-League Chamber Music Competition (2021). The quartet has appeared at international festivals in Argentina, Aix-en-Provence, Ireland and at the Banff Centre in Canada, as well as performing and winning the ‘Tremplin’ award at the Philharmonie de Paris’ String Quartet Biennial (2020).

Eliza is also the artistic co-director of SmorgasChord, an arts festival based in Oxford with new music at its heart, whose mission is to explore unexpected connections between musical and literary cultures, both local and global. It is composed of a small and flexible group of artists who come together each year to explore, define and communicate a new artistic vision. Highlights of SmorgasChord 2022 festival will feature artists such as Mark Padmore, Andrew West and Vitor Ferandes.

Anna Webster

Clarinet

Born in Liverpool, Anna is a recent Masters graduate of the Royal College of Music, having studied with Richard Hosford, Tim Lines, Janet Hilton, Peter Sparks and Barnaby Robson.

Anna’s musical journey began as a chorister in the Liverpool Metropolitan Girls’ Choir, later joining the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral as a choral scholar. Having played the clarinet in the Liverpool Youth Orchestra and Ensembles and learned with Janet Crossley, at the age of 15 Anna went on to study clarinet at the Junior RNCM with Anne McNaught. Anna was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra before going to study at the Royal College of Music.

During her studies at the RCM, Anna was a Wilkins-Mackerras scholar, winner of the RCM Solo Woodwind Competition and RCM Clarinet Prize and has been a runner-up in the RCM Concerto Competition. As a member of the RCM Symphony Orchestra, Anna has had the opportunity to work with conductors Vladimir Jurowski, Rafaele de Payere and Sir Antonio Pappano.

Since graduating Anna has performed with the Hallé Orchestra and performed in chamber festivals and series around the UK. In 2020, Anna worked with musicians of the London Song Festival performing Argento’s To Be Sung Upon the Water and performing on BBC Radio 3.

Anna has participated in festivals both at home and abroad including Voksenaasen Summer Festival, British Isles Music Festival and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute. In 2019, Anna was a fellow at the Music Academy of the West working with artists such as Claire Chase, Marin Alsop, Thomas Ades, Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Joseph Havlat

Piano

Joseph Havlat is a pianist and composer from Hobart, Australia, based in London. Working as a soloist and chamber musician for music very new, very old and some things in between, he has performed in major concert venues around the UK, Europe, America, Japan and Australia.

Joseph is a leading interpreter of new music, having collaborated with such composers as Hans Abrahamsen, John Adams, Thomas Adès, Gerald Barry, Brett Dean, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Finnissy and Thomas Larcher. As a chamber musician he has performed with William Bennett, James Ehnes, Steven Isserlis, Katalin Károlyi and Jack Liebeck, alongside regular duo partners Lotte Betts-Dean, Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux and Tim Posner. He is also a member of the LSO percussion ensemble with whom he has released a CD on the LSO Live label, featuring the premiere recording of John Adams’ two-piano work ‘Roll Over Beethoven’.

As a composer his music often explores the sounds of the natural world, imbued with the harsher shapes of human modernity. He has written music spanning from solo voice to large ensemble, including for Ensemble x.y, of which he is a founding member. Current work includes a piano trio for Trio Mazzolini, and a mixed ensemble piece for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

Joseph studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Prof. Joanna MacGregor from 2012 -18, where he received his BMus and MMus with distinction, including awards for exceptional merit in studentship and the highest recital mark for a postgraduate pianist. He has been a Young Artist of St. John’s Smith Square, the Oxford Lieder Festival and Kirckman Concert Society, and was a first prize winner of the Royal Overseas League Music Competition.

Recent highlights include playing Adès’ In Seven Days with the LSO under the baton of the composer, as well as the premiere of his Növények at Wigmore Hall. In late 2021 he appeared with the BBC Philharmonic giving the premiere of Robert Laidlow’s piano concerto Warp, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and in 2022 he made his debut at the Concertgebouw Recital Hall in a programme of Dohnanyi and Mendelssohn with cellist Tim Posner.

In 2023 Joseph will be featured on several CD releases: Finnissy vocal works on Divine Art Metier (with Lotte Betts-Dean and Marsyas Trio), Lisa Ilean’s Weather a Rare Blue and Rebecca Saunders’ murmurs for NMC (with Explore Ensemble), and two solo CDs, one with Debussy, Schumann and Abrahamsen, and the other the premiere recording of Isabella Gellis’ The Dissolute Society Comprised of All Sorts.

Joseph teaches at the Royal Academy of Music. He likes ferns.

Jâms Coleman

Piano

From Anglesey, North Wales, Jâms Coleman is a pianist who enjoys performing as a soloist, chamber musician, and vocal accompanist.

Jâms regularly performs at the major festivals and venues in the UK and in Europe and highlights from the 2022/23 season include recitals at the BBC Proms, Champs Hill, Cheltenham Festival, King’s Place, Machynlleth Festival, North Norfolk Music Festival, Ortús Chamber Music Festival, Penarth Chamber Music Festival, Petworth Festival, Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, and The Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam).

Albums include ‘Pohádka: Tales From Prague To Budapest’ with cellist Laura van der Heijden for Chandos Records, and ‘Loewe: The Other Erlking’ with baritone Nicholas Mogg for Champs Hill Records. Both of these recordings were released to critical acclaim in all the leading music magazines. 2023 will see the release of a second album with Laura van der Heijden for Chandos Records, and the release of an album of Fanny Hensel lieder for First Hand Records.

Recent and future highlights include performances with BBC NOW, Britten Sinfonia, and the Marmen Quartet; recitals with instrumentalists David Adams, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Brett Dean, Lesley Hatfield, Laura van der Heijden, Steffan Morris, Alice Neary, Amy Norrington, Robert Plane, Timothy Ridout, Colin Scobie, Ursula Smith, Sini Simonen, Jonathan Stone, and Maria Włoszczowska.

As a vocal accompanist, he enjoys collaborating with many singers and his engagements include recitals with James Gilchrist, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Andrew Kennedy, Michael Mofidian, Nicholas Mogg, Nicholas Mulroy, Robert Murray, James Newby, Sir Bryn Terfel, Sir John Tomlinson, Ailish Tynan, and Elizabeth Watts. Recent highlights include a Radio 3 recital with Sir Bryn Terfel, and performing with Felix Kemp, Michael Mofidian, and Elizabeth Watts at the Oxford Lieder Festival.

Jâms enjoys working as a concerto soloist and performances include Beethoven’s Third, Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos, and concertos by Brahms, Chopin, and Mozart.

Jâms read Music at Girton College, Cambridge, where he was also a choral scholar. In 2016 he graduated with a masters from the Royal Academy of Music where he then stayed on as a Fellow. In 2018 he was the Artistic Director of a concert series based in St Clement Danes Church in central London which featured twenty-four lunchtime concerts and five evening concerts.

Milo Harper

Harp

Milo Harper explores the unique history and poetic symbolism of the harp through diverse sound-worlds and narratives. He strives to challenge the standard repertoire by carefully curating and also transcribing music by both recognised and lesser-known composers, particularly those from historically underrepresented genders, queer identities, ethnicities, races and cultures.

This year, Milo is a soloist on the Munster Trust Recital Scheme and also the Harp Fellow for the Philharmonia Orchestra's MMSF scheme. He recently returned to the UK from New York City, having completed his graduate studies with Emmanuel Ceysson (Metropolitan Opera, LA Phil) at The New School's Mannes School of Music, where he was awarded the Performing Arts Scholarship. At Mannes he was also coached by renowned jazz harpist Brandee Younger as a member of the Alice Coltrane Ensemble. He completed his Bachelors at the Royal Academy of Music, where he received the D Day Fund Award and the Robert Alva Memorial Prize for outstanding achievement, having studied with Karen Vaughan (LSO) and Skaila Kanga (Abbey Road Studios). Milo’s studies were sponsored by the Hattori Foundation, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Julius Isserlis Scholarship.

As a soloist, Milo has won competitions including the Camac Harp Competition (2018), the North London Festival President's Prize Competition (2018) and the Royal Academy of Music's Guy Magrath Harp Prize (2019). He has also toured globally, giving solo performances at the World Harp Congress (Hong Kong, 2017) and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (NYC, 2019) and concertos in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is the harpist for LGT Young Soloists, with whom he has been featured on several albums released by Sony/RCA Red Seal Records. Previously, he was Principal Harp for the European Union Youth Orchestra (2019), a Britten-Pears Young Artist (2020), and Principal Harp for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (2014). Not limited by genre, his collaborators have included various jazz groups, singer-songwriters, producers and contemporary composers.

Sofia Castillo

Flute

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.

She has worked with 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, to be realised in November 2021 with Julien Van Mellaerts (baritone), James Baillieu (piano) and Raphael Wallfisch (cello).

Francesca Gilbert

Viola

Yume Fujise

Violin

Nina Kiva

Cello

Katherine Yoon

Violin

Samuel Staples

Violin

Corentin Chassard

Cello

Kalliopi Mitropolou

Violin

Marsailidh Groat

Viola

James Douglas

Viola

Zoe Saubat

Cello

Sten Heinoja

Piano

Clara Rodriguez

Piano

Maja Horvat

Violin

Wallis Power

Cello

Samuel Beck-Johnson

Double Bass

Kieran Carter

Cello

Sofia Kopulov

Violin

Ben Voce

Viola

Ariane Zandi

Cello