Sophie Rosa 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 and Bridgewater Hall as well as appearing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. Sophie has broadcast for Radio 3 and Classic FM.
Sophie’s debut album, ‘Reve d’Enfant‘ was released in 2016 on the Champs Hill Records label. It was described in Musical Opinion as, ‘….a very fine disc, containing uniformly excellent performances in great style and played with complete musical understanding….a very desirable record of the year‘. Sophie’s second CD of English violin duets with Midori Komachi and Simon Callaghan, has recently been released on the EM Records label.
As a chamber musician, Sophie has collaborated with notable musicians including Martin Roscoe, Nobuko Imai, Craig Ogden, Guy Johnston, Joan Rodgers and James Gilchrist. Sophie also performs with Pssapha contemporary music ensemble and is a member of Pixels Ensemble.
Sophie studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Wen zhou Li. She was a recipient of the RNCM Gold Medal and was also awarded 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, The Lauriston School Trust and Help Musicians UK.
Sophie currently plays on a Joseph Gagliano violin dated 1795 and a Fonclause bow made available through the generous support of the Stradivari Trust.