British violinist Sophie Hinson, a graduate of The Royal Academy of Music and Chetham’s School of Music, is sought after as a soloist, orchestral player, and chamber musician with a particular interest in European classical and 20th Century music.
Sophie is a member of The Southbank Sinfonia 2022-2023 and was recently selected to perform Reynaldo Hahn's Suite Hongroise (violin and piano concerto) with the orchestra in 2022. She also regularly performs and records with The BBC Symphony Orchestra. Sophie was appointed leader of Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra for 2021, where she also performed the Dvorak Violin Concerto with the Orchestra. Sophie has worked under the baton of conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Sakari Oramo, John Wilson, Paul Mann, Sir Edward Gardner, and the renowned composer James Newton Howard for his 3 Decades of Music for Hollywood tour performing at the Royal Albert Hall, conducted by the composer. Sophie was seen at the BBC Proms 2019 with the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra and The Julliard Symphony Orchestra.
Sophie graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a Master of the Art's Degree with Distinction in 2021, studying with Professor Philippe Honoré. Sophie was awarded a Diploma of The Royal Academy of Music for an outstanding performance in her Master's Degree in 2021, alongside the James Wright Award and the D M Lloyd Prize by the Royal Academy. Sophie previously graduated with a Bachelors of Music Degree with First Class Honours from The Royal Academy of Music in 2020 and was awarded an LRAM teaching diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in 2019. She was generously supported by The Royal Academy with a scholarship. She was also chosen to perform and record a new commission from composer Sadie Harrison to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Royal Academy of Music in 2021.
Sophie is a member of the award winning Odora Trio which was founded at The Royal Academy of Music in 2017. They have been prize winners at The Issac's and Pirani Piano Competition 2017, The Harold Craxton Chamber Music Prize 2020 and 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, St. Peter's Church Eaton Square, St Giles Cathedral Edinburgh, Elgar's Birthplace and the Hay-On-Wye music festival. They were also sponsored by the SPOFF foundation to take part in the Wye Valley summer residency in 2018. They released their debut album ‘Evergreen’ in December 2022 with the generous sponsorship from The Nimbus Foundation and The John Ireland Trust.
Sophie has performed in masterclasses to eminent violin professors such as: Josef Spacek, Michael Foyle, Clare Duckworth, Stephan Barrat-Due, Sigyn Fossnes and members of the Doric Quartet. While at the Academy she performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto to renowned violinist Olivier Charlier in a public masterclass which was broadcasted by the Royal Academy.
Some notable performances include the Schumann’s Piano Quintet at the Draper’s Hall in London with Leeds International Piano Competition finalist Anna Geniushene, and a performance of On Wenlock Edge in Lincoln Cathedral with pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris and British tenor Marke Wilde. Sophie has also 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. She has also performed the Bach Double Violin Concerto, Corelli Concerto Grosso op.6 for two violins and Vivaldi’s La Follia with the Marryat Players Orchestra.
Sophie currently plays on a violin made by Quebec maker Simon Bruneau in 2007.