Scottish/ Korean violinist currently studying at St. Mary's Music School in Edinburgh. Experienced in solo, chamber and orchestral playing.
Born in Edinburgh, Sophie Williams began learning violin at the age of three. In 2009 she gained a place at St. Mary’s Music School, learning with Claire Docherty and Andrea Gajic. During her time there, Sophie benefited from countless opportunities to perform, learn and participate in masterclasses working with renowned violinists such as Felix Andrievsky, Nicola Benedetti, Peter Manning, Mark Messenger and Leland Chen. She also received awards such as the Calvert String Prize for Service, the John Doig Award for General Excellence in String Playing as well as several medals from the Edinburgh Competition Festival. As a keen ensemble player, Sophie has performed with several orchestras and ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, whose ‘Senior’ orchestra she led in 2016. In the same year, she also performed at the BBC Proms with their ‘Symphony’ orchestra. Through NYOS, she has been able to play under such noted conductors as Ilan Volkov, James Lowe and Alpesh Chauhan. Throughout her final year of education at St. Mary’s Music School, she led the school’s orchestra and string ensembles. Sophie has been a regular performer in the Edinburgh Fringe, performing major chamber works such as Schubert's String Quintet to new works by Scottish composer Tom David Wilson, as well as works for solo violin in August 2017. In 2016, Sophie successfully attained places at 4 music conservatoires around the UK and now currently studies at the Royal College of Music, London as a Hargreaves & Ball Trust Scholar supported by The Royal College of Music with Gabrielle Lester. Sophie plays on a violin made in 1996 by Susanna Sillberg.
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