S O P H I E H I N S O N
Sophie Hinson is a violinist from Nottingham, who is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London with a scholarship, under the tutor-ledge of Philippe Honoré and voice with Catherine Benson.
Sophie began the violin at the age of 2 with her mother Nadia Hinson. She has performed regularly since a child and has been a guest artist at music clubs nationwide like Grantham Music Club, Three Rivers Music Society and Hornsea Music Club, as well as featured on BBC ‘live at lunch’ series at the Nottingham Royal concert Hall.
Previously, Sophie attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, studying violin with Michael Gurevich and singing with Margaret MacDonald. Whilst at Chetham’s, Sophie performed the Mendelssohn sextet at the RNCM Chamber music festival in 2016. She was also awarded the Ida Carroll bursary from Chetham’s. Sophie was the recipient of a gold award from the ABRSM for her grade 8 singing mark in 2013 - the highest in the UK. Sophie was the string winner of Nottingham Young musician of the year in 2013 and has won many cups and prizes in National Music Festivals yearly, taken part in school competitions and represented Nottingham in the national final of GDST young musician of the year in 2013; as well as achieving an ATCL Violin Diploma (2012) and an ABRSM Diploma in voice (2017).
Sophie is a member of the Melete Quartet who were awarded the A.S.S.E.T.S chamber scholarship via the Royal Academy in 2017, where they have received regular coaching from Richard Ireland and Levon Chilingirian. They were Very Highly commended in the Wolfe Wolfinsohn Quartet competition 2018. Some other musical roles have included: leader of the Nottingham Youth Orchestra, a member of National Youth Chamber Orchestra and a regular soloist and mentor at the Marryat Players Orchestra where she has performed the Bach Double Violin Concerto, Corelli Concerto Grosso op.6 for two violins and Vivaldi’s La Follia. Sophie has also lead the RAM string orchestra.
While at the Royal Academy, Sophie has worked under the baton of conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Sir Edward Gardner and film composer James Newton Howard with the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra. Sophie will also be seen at the BBC Proms this summer with the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra. Sophie has performed in masterclasses to violin professors such as: Stephan Barrat-Due, Sigyn Fossnes, Michael Foyle, Clare Duckworth. More recently, she performed the Siblelius Violin Concerto to renowned violinist Olivier Charlier at the Royal Academy. Sophie also currently leads the ECHO Orchestra in London, with whom she recently performed the 4th Brandenburg concerto in St George's Hanover Square. Sophie recently performed the Taneyev Piano Quintet with players from the ECHO orchestra in The Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall.
Sophie has recently performed at Grantham Music Club and Holme Pierrepont Hall, as well as performing the Lark Ascending with the Boots Orchestra Nottingham.
Sophie plays on a violin made by contemporary Quebec maker Simon Bruneau.