Violinist Sophie Xu is in her final year at Chetham’s. She was leader of the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra at their October 2013 concerts, and is a very keen chamber musician.
At the Chetham’s Showcase concert she will perform:
Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108
Sophie is 18 years old and lives in Denton, Manchester. She first started playing violin in 2000 in Shanghai, China, after being inspired by violinists David Oistrakh and Sarah Chang. She joined Chetham’s in 2005 and studies with Adrian Levine.
After winning the UC Talent 中华儿女琴比赛 – UK Chinese Violin and Piano competition in 2012, Sophie was invited by Stephen Rhys MBE to perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto at his retirement concert with an orchestra formed of students from the Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music.. In 2013 she performed with Royal College of Music piano professor Julian Jacobson in a Chinese New Year Gala media event at St John’s, Smith Square in London.
Sophie is a keen chamber musician and enjoys playing in quartets, trios and quintets. Her quartet performances have taken her to venues such as St Peter’s, Eaton Square, London, and for notable audience members Lord Derby and HRH Prince Edward. Her quartet was invited to play in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2011. Last year, the Xu Quartet collaborated with Joe Duddell, Tim Burgess and Jake Evans for the ‘Music for Cities’ charity rock gig in Manchester Cathedral. Most recently, Sophie played Brahms Sextet in Norway, with string players from the Barrett Due Institute of Music in Oslo, and Brahms Piano Quintet at the 2014 Windsor Festival. She is currently working on Brahms Horn Trio and Mozart Oboe Quartet.
During her time at Chetham’s, she has performed concerts in many prestigious venues in the UK such as the Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall, and at Cheltenham and Lichfield festivals. She was leader of Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra in 2013 and has led other orchestral ensembles at the school.
In her free time, Sophie likes cross-stitching, ice-skating, and reading. After leaving Chetham’s, Sophie plans to continue her musical studies at the Royal College of Music, or study Mathematics at University.