Information About Sophie - Northwich teacher - (1 review)
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I am an experienced teacher, soloist, orchestral leader and chamber musician. I welcome students of all levels and look forward to building a strong technique and cultivating good musicianship with you.
I have been running a private teaching practice for several years teaching all ages and levels. I hold a teaching position at the University of Manchester and I am a visiting adjudicator/examiner at Royal Northern College of Music. As leader of Sinfonia Viva I am also involved in several education projects with the orchestra, working in schools and the community. I am experienced in preparing students for performances, ABRSM (beginner to Grade 8 and Diploma) or other exams, competitions, orchestral auditions or courses including NCO or NYO.
Here is my full biography:
Sophie first garnered attention after winning the Second Prize and Audience Prize at the 2nd Manchester International Violin Competition 2011. She has performed across the UK as a recitalist in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Bridgewater Hall and has appeared as soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Sinfonia Viva. Sophie has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and has released CDs on Champs Hill, EM Records and Rubicon Classics labels to critical acclaim.
Sophie is leader of Sinfonia Viva and has appeared as guest leader throughout the UK, most recently with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. As a keen chamber musician, Sophie is a member of Pixels Ensemble and also performs with contemporary music group, Psappha. She runs a private teaching practise and holds a teaching position at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Sophie studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, UK where she was a recipient of the RNCM Gold Medal and the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal in recognition of her musical achievements. After completing her Masters Degree with Distinction, Sophie completed the RNCM International Artist Diploma in Solo Performance and furthered her studies in America with Midori Goto, Miriam Fried and Donald Weilerstein.
Sophie was kindly supported by several award foundations including the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Music Scholarship, The Solti Foundation, The Hattori Foundation, The Stephen Bell Charitable Trust, and Help Musicians UK.
Sophie plays on a Joseph Gagliano violin dated 1795 and a Claude Fonclause bow made available through the generous support of the Stradivari Trust.
I aim to achieve high standards whilst making lessons motivating and enjoyable, treating each student differently according to their individual needs and building confidence. I am highly dedicated to my students, and their development is incredibly important to me. I am experienced in preparing students for performances, competitions, orchestral auditions and ABRSM exams (from beginner to Grade 8 and Diploma level). My teaching can also cater for those aiming to enter the music world for a career. I offer lessons in person at my Covid-safe home workplace. I also teach online using Zoom, Facetime or Skype when Covid regulations prevent lessons from taking place in person. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.
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- Royal Northern College of Music (2012) - International Artist Diploma in Solo Performance (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- Royal Northern College of Music (2011) - MMus Distinction (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- Royal Northern College of Music (2010) - BMus (Hons) first class (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
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As someone of a soloist background she has a forensic ability to detect problems but is able to provide the advice to address these issues: she really knows what she is doing!