Sofia Silva Sousa, viola
Sofia Silva Sousa is a Portuguese viola player.
She is a First Class Honours graduate from the Royal Academy of Music (2018) where she studied with James Sleigh and Martin Outram and she completed her Masters degree at the Royal College of Music, studying with Nathan Braude, kindly supported by the Frederick Johnston Scholarship.
She is 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.
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).
In July 2019 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 dedication to chamber music playing and to some solo commitments in Portugal booked across the season, Sofia is now a member of the London Symphony Orchestra.