Sophie Curtis

Sophie has already won numerous awards such as the 2003 Woodside Concerto Competition which resulted in a performance of the Lalo Cello Concerto with the WA Youth Orchestra in the Perth Concert Hall. In 2002 she was the equal winner of the prestigious Vose Memorial Prize where she played a concerto movement with the WA Symphony Orchestra. Sophie has also received chamber music prizes such as the Flora Bunning Prize for Chamber Music, the UWA Matilda award for Cultural Excellence and performs annually at the Blackwood River Chamber Music Festival. She has toured Europe with the WA Youth Orchestra, where she led the cello section from 2002-2004 and in July will be performing with the Sartory String Quartet at the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan. She has been offered places and scholarships to the Royal Academy of Music and Royal Northern College of Music in England.

Sophie started learning the cello at the relatively late age of 13, but took to the instrument very quickly. By year twelve she had earnt the position of Music Prefect at St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School and won the Subject Exhibition for the highest TEE music mark in the State. As well as her university studies, Sophie teaches the cello at St Mary’s and plays in the Sartory Quartet, Festival Baroque Australia Ensemble, Collegium Symphonia, Emanuel Ensemble and other freelance ensembles.

She plays a cello made by Peter Elias in Switzerland in 2002.

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