Sofia Silva Sousa, viola
Sofia Silva Sousa is a Portuguese viola player. She is a First Class Honours graduate student from the Royal Academy of Music (2018) where she studied with James Sleigh and Martin Outram. She is now doing her Masters at the Royal College of Music, studying with Nathan Braude, kindly supported by the Frederick Johnston Scholarship.
Sofia has had her solo debut concerto with Portuguese Symphony Orchestra in 2016 after winning Vasco Barbosa 2nd string competition (Portugal); in 2018 she also played with the Orquestra Gulbenkian for having been awarded the first prize in Prémio Jovens Músicos (the young musicians’ prize) that same year, as well as Prémio Maestro Silva Pereira (Portuguese Young Musician of the Year). Last July the Tejo String Quartet, of which Sofia is a member, has been awarded the first prize in the chamber music category of that same Prize.
Adding to her interest in chamber music playing and to some solo commitments, Sofia is also a trialist for a tutti position with London Symphony Orchestra.
She is also an artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel since 2018 under the guidance of Miguel da Silva, where she is the recipient of a very generous scholarship from an anonymous donor.