Sophie Langdon


Strings - Violin

Soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and recording artist

Member of the Fourth Dimension String

Studied at the Royal Academy of Music; now a professor of violin here

Sophie is one of Britain’s leading violinists. Her career encompasses concerto performances and recordings with many major orchestras — the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia,  Berlin Radio Orchestra and others. Recordings for Chandos, Naxos and ASV were released to great critical acclaim. Notable performances include the Beethoven Triple Concerto in the Berlin Philharmonie with the Berlin Radio Orchestra, and the Berg Chamber Concerto also in Berlin. She performed the Weill violin concerto at the Spitalfields Festival — this performance established her as a recognised musical force.

Her professional activities span many fields — solo performance, chamber music with her own Fourth Dimension String Quartet, orchestral leading and directing — she is has been the concertmaster of the Bath Philharmonia for fifteen years. She also holds the post of leader of the Southern Pro Musica, and the London Jazz Sinfonia.

Sophie’s studies began at the Royal Academy of Music, continued in New York at the Juilliard School, then the Curtis Institute, Philadelphia, finishing with advanced solo studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, all with full scholarships. Her major influences have been her studies with Ivan Galamian, György Pauk and Carmel Kaine.  

The first ten years of her career saw Sophie much involved with contemporary music performance, as soloist, ensemble player with the London Sinfonietta, Lontano and the Composer’s Ensemble, and leader of the Contemporary Chamber Orchestra, playing many new commissions. As a soloist, she also commissioned new works and performed premiers at London’s Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall.

In 2012, Sophie founded her own workshops — Enhanced Performance Techniques (EPT) for musicians. The EPT courses are designed to give players a range of unique techniques to increase freedom and confidence in performance. As well as running her own workshops, she has regularly been invited by Southbank Sinfonia, and also runs an EPT elective for postgraduate students at the Royal Academy of Music.


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