Hailed by the Times as ‘a prodigious talent, that could blossom in any direction she chooses,’ Sophie Kauer’s playing has been praised for the ‘beautiful, sensual depths’ of its tone (Die Zeit), ‘impeccable technique and deep musicality’ (Richard Balcombe). With her debut EP, Unsung, recently released by Deutsche Grammophon, she became the youngest artist to reach no 1 on the Classical On-Demand Audio Streaming Chart. She is a current Classic FM ‘Rising Star,’ and was chosen by the Times as the Classical Breakthrough nominee for the 2023 South Bank Sky Arts Awards. She was named ‘One to Watch’ by People Magazine and a ‘Rising Star of Stage and Screen for 2023’ by the Evening Standard.
Sophie came to international attention when she was selected from hundreds of cellists worldwide for a leading role in the film TÁR, written and directed by Todd Field and starring Cate Blanchett. Sophie’s performance was praised as ‘a standout’ (The Face), ‘scene-stealing’ (Variety) and ‘star-making’ (TotalFilm) and won her the Huading Best Supporting Actress award. Sophie played live in the film alongside the Dresdner Philharmonie, with her solos from the Elgar cello concerto described as ‘terrific’ by Leonard Slatkin, and by the Telegraph as ‘one of the highlights of the film’. She also later recorded music for the soundtrack album with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Natalie Murray Beale. Released by Deutsche Grammophon, it went to No.1 in the US Classical Billboard chart.
Other recent highlights include solo and chamber music performances at the Stage+ Bach300 Festival in Leipzig, alongside Lang Lang, Daniel Hope and Albrecht Meyer, to be broadcast on ARTE, Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No 1 with Alondra de la Parra at the Paax GNP Festival in Mexico, and the Elgar Cello Concerto with Rebecca Miller and the Bishops Stortford Sinfonia. Upcoming performances in Autumn 2023 include solo recitals in Berlin as part of Deutsche Grammophon’s prestigious Yellow Lounge concert series and in Oslo as part of the Kalkmølla Kulturstasjon Konsertserie, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with Phillip Ellis and Surrey Mozart Players in the UK.
Sophie has performed live on BBC Radio 3 In Tune, ZDF’s MOMA Cafe and RBB as well as having been interviewed widely in the international print and broadcast media including the Times, Telegraph, New York Times, Die Zeit, Arte Magazin, Aftenposten, Gramophon, Strad, The Face, BBC News, SWR3, NRK, TV4, BR-Klassik, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Sveriges Radio and NRK radio. She received a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and participates in the Intensive Music Weeks and activities offered by the Academy. She is also a Hattori Foundation Junior Award recipient and has been fortunate to receive masterclasses from Andreas Brantelid, Henrik Brendstrup, Vilde Frang, Johannes Goritizki, Henning Kraggerud, Kian Soltani, Troels Svane and Raphael Wallfisch.
Born in London in 2001, to a British-German family, Sophie began playing the cello aged 8 and, just 18 months later, was accepted into the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music where she held a scholarship and had won all available prizes by the age of 16. From 13 to 18 years old she was also a private student of distinguished cello professor, Melissa Phelps and leading collaborative pianist and coach Alison Rhind. She is currently studying for a BA in Classical Cello Performance at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, in the class of world-renowned cellist Torleif Thedeén.
Sophie plays a modern cello made by Ragnar Hayn in 2020.
© Sophie Kauer, August 2023
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