Sophie Kauer is 15, lives in Godalming and is a Year 10 Music Scholar at Guildford High School. She began cello lessons at 8 and achieved her Grade 8 Distinction aged 11. She attends the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music where she won the 2015 Junior Lower Strings Prize and is currently Principal Cello of the Sinfonia. Sophie recently became a private pupil of Melissa Phelps and Maria Zachariadou.
Recent highlights have included being chosen by Guy Johnston as the winner of the ‘Musicale Search for a Cello Soloist’ competition and making her debut as a soloist with orchestra at the 2015 Harpenden Music Festival. She was also the recipient of the 2016 Guildford Spring Music Festival Bursary for musical promise and was offered a scholarship to attend the 2016 Astona International Summer Music Academy in Switzerland.
She has won many prizes at local music festivals including Woking Junior Musician 2014 and the Godalming Festival Cello Prize.Sophie has appeared in major concert venues across the UK as Principal Cello in the National Children’s Orchestra. She has also made chamber appearances at the Hatfield House Chamber Festival, the London Schubertiade Festival and the Danish Radio Koncerthuset. In 2014, together with her duo partner, violinist Amber Emson, Sophie won 3rd prize in the national final of Germany’s most prominent youth music competition, Jugend Musiziert.