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Sophie Bird - violin I
New Zealander Sophie Bird began learning the violin and performing at the age of three and has since performed solos, recitals and chamber music throughout New Zealand, Europe and in her current city of Bloomington, Indiana. As a youngster she performed solos in her home city of Auckland with the National Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra and a number of times with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and performed in numerous concert series and festivals in New Zealand including the Bay of Islands Arts Festival and the Nelson Arts Festival. In 2005 she toured the country with her piano quintet in a collaborative show New Visions/05 performing works by Vivaldi, Shostakovich and New Zealand composer John Psathas.
Sophie completed her Bachelor of Music in violin performance at Auckland University in 2005 and an Honors Degree with first class at the New Zealand School of Music in 2006 under the tutelage of Douglas Beilman and the New Zealand String Quartet. On scholarship as a member of the Graduate Quartet in Residence “The Antipodes Quartet” she played concerts throughout Wellington, performing for the likes of US and Canadian ambassadors and went on to win the Inaugural Pettman/Royal Overseas League Arts International Scholarship. This scholarship gave the quartet the opportunity to perform a number of concerts in England and Scotland including performances at the famous St Andrews on Piccadilly, St Martin in the Fields and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Since moving to the States in 2007, Sophie has twice been a finalist in the Violin Concerto Competition and received private coaching and master classes from William Preucil, André Watts, Eric Kim, Joshua Bell and Midori Goto. She has been studying on scholarship with Professor Mark Kaplan at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana (MM and DM). Sophie is a contracted member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and is currently on trial as concertmaster of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. She also plays occasionally as a guest with the Jacobs School of Music New Music Ensemble. Recent performances include performing as soloist “The Lark Ascending” with the Jacobs School of Music Conductors orchestra, a concert tour of the United States, Serbia and Slovenia with the Petar Jankovic Ensemble, and a tour of Germany and Austria with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra under the baton of such conductors as Christoph Eschenbach and Manfred Honeck.