Sophia has had experience teaching violin to students of all ages, as well as leading masterclasses and seminars across the United States and abroad.
The Juilliard School
Hailed as “…a spectacular young violinist” by Seattle Times Music Critic Bernard Jacobson, violinist Sophia S. has captivated audiences across the country since her premiere at age ten with the Bremerton Symphony. She has soloed with numerous orchestras including the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall, Rainier Symphony, Thalia Symphony, Bainbridge Symphony, and Butte Symphony amongst others. Winner of the Seattle Symphony Young Artist Auditions she made her debut with the Seattle Symphony in 2011 performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor.
Sophia currently studies at The Juilliard School in New York, as recipient of the Drs. & Kassie Biros Neuman Scholarship and the CV Starr Scholarship under the tutelage of Violin Professor Li Lin.
She has been featured on Classical KING FM’s Northwest Focus Live with Sean MacLean, NPR’s From The Top with pianist Christopher O’Riley, and The University of Washington Women’s Society Recital Series hosted by Dave Beck. Sophia presented her first professional solo recital for the Collected Works Concert Series at age twelve and continues as a recitalist in New York and at home in Seattle, Washington. Most recently she performed as Gold Medal winner of the 2016 International Virtuosi Competition in New York City and as finalist of the 2017 Mondavi Young Artists Competition.
In March of 2014, Sophia traveled to Vietnam where she performed and led masterclasses for students in Hoi An, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. Performances at the Ho Chi Minh Conservatory of Music and The Soul Music Academy took place as well. An avid chamber musician, Sophia had the honor in November of 2014 performing with fellow members of her quartet from The Juilliard School at the Opening Gala of Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Educational Wing. She has worked and coached with many noted chamber musicians included David Finkle, Sylvia Rosenberg, Astrid Schween, Catherine Cho, Martin Chalifour, Ronald Copes and Laurie Smukler.
She has been awarded scholarships to the Sarasota Music Festival, Fellowship at The Aspen Music Festival, The National Youth Orchestra of the United States, Marrowstone Music Festival, Indiana University String Academy, and Interlochen Arts Academy. Sophia has participated in numerous masterclasses including working with Noah Bendix-Balgley, Ida Kavafian, Gil Shaham, Robert Chen, and Donald Weilerstein amoungst others.
Sophia began her violin studies at the age of six and currently performs on a 1930 Berger Violin made in New York City.