Sophie Hinson is a violinist from Nottingham, who is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London on a scholarship with teacher Philippe Honoré and additionally voice with Michael Chance. Sophie has been accepted onto a Master's Degree at The Royal Academy with an additional scholarship for 2020. Sophie has also been accepted as a Britten-Pears Young Artist for 2020 and looks forward to working with the orchestral programme this summer.
While at the Royal Academy, Sophie has worked under the baton of conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Sir Edward Gardner and film composer James Newton Howard with the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra. Sophie was seen at the BBC Proms 2019 with the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra and The Julliard Symphony Orchestra. Sophie has performed in masterclasses to violin professors such as: Stephan Barrat-Due, Sigyn Fossnes, Michael Foyle, Clare Duckworth. At the Academy she performed the Siblelius Violin Concerto to renowned violinist Olivier Charlier in a public masterclass and more recently performed to violinist Josef Spacek. This year Sophie was awarded an LRAM teaching degree from the Royal Academy of Music. Outside of the Academy, Sophie has performed around London as the leader of the Echo Ensemble, which has included performing the 4th Brandenburg Concerto at St George’s Hanover Square. She led the Taneyev Piano Quintet with players from the ECHO orchestra in The Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall.
Sophie is a member of the award winning Odora Trio which was founded at The Royal Academy of Music in 2016. They have been prize winners at The Issac's and Pirani Piano Competition, The Harold Craxton Chamber Music Prize and most recently were semi-finalists at The St Martin's In The Field Chamber Competition 2020. They have toured around the UK and performed at venues such as St Martin's In The Fields, The Korean Culture Centre, The London Charterhouse, St Peter's Church Eaton Square, St Giles Cathedral Edinburgh, Elgar's Birthplace and at the Wye Valley Summer residency. They look forward to another busy year of concerts at The Hay on Wye Festival in June, a Piano Trio day hosted by Adrian Brendel at The Royal Academy and a recital at Whitstable Music Society.
Sophie is also a member of the Melete Quartet who were awarded the A.S.S.E.T.S chamber scholarship via the Royal Academy in 2017, where they have received regular coaching from Richard Ireland and Levon Chilingirian. They were Very Highly commended in the Wolfe Wolfinsohn Quartet competition 2018. Some other musical roles have included being a regular soloist and mentor at the Marryat Players Orchestra where she has performed the Bach Double Violin Concerto, Corelli Concerto Grosso op.6 for two violins and Vivaldi’s La Follia.
Previously, Sophie attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, studying violin with Michael Gurevich and singing with Margaret MacDonald. Whilst at Chetham’s, Sophie performed the Mendelssohn sextet at the RNCM Chamber music festival in 2016. She was also awarded the Ida Carroll bursary from Chetham’s. Sophie was the recipient of a gold award from the ABRSM for her grade 8 singing mark in 2013 - the highest in the UK. Sophie was the string winner of Nottingham Young musician of the year in 2013 and has won many cups and prizes in National Music Festivals yearly, taken part in school competitions and represented Nottingham in the national final of GDST young musician of the year in 2013; as well as achieving an ATCL Violin Diploma (2012) and an ABRSM Diploma in voice (2017).
Sophie plays on a violin made by contemporary Quebec maker Simon Bruneau.