Sophie Kauer

Sophie Kauer is 16 years old and attends the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music where she holds a scholarship. During her time at the Academy she has won the Cello and Lower Strings Prizes and been a finalist in the Chamber Prize. She studies the cello privately with Melissa Phelps. Previously, she was also taught by Maria Zachariadou.

At the age of 13 Sophie was chosen by former BBC Young Musician winner Guy Johnston to make her debut as a soloist with orchestra and, since then, she has performed in Switzerland, Germany, Norway and Denmark, as well as across the UK.

She has won national and international prizes for chamber music and is a former principal cello of the National Children’s Orchestra. Sophie is the recipient of the 2016 Guildford Spring Music Festival Bursary for Musical Promise and of scholarships from the Astona International Music Academy in Switzerland and the Michael Hurd Memorial Fund. She has received masterclass tuition from Raphael Wallfisch, Guy Johnston, Henrik Brendstrup and Jo Cole.

Sophie is currently studying for her GCSEs at Guildford High School, where she is a music scholar.