Sofia Silva Sousa
Sofia Silva Sousa is a Portuguese violist. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Music (2018) where she studied with James Sleigh and Martin Outram. In 2020, she completed her Masters degree at the Royal College of Music, where she studied in the class of Nathan Braude. Sofia was an artist in residence at the Queen Elizabeth Music Chapel from 2018 to 2022, under the guidance of Miguel da Silva.
Sofia made her solo debut concerto with Portuguese Symphony Orchestra in 2016 after winning Vasco Barbosa String Competition (Portugal); in 2018 she also played with the Orquestra Gulbenkian after being awarded the first prize in Prémio Jovens Músicos that same year, as well as Prémio Maestro Silva Pereira (Portuguese Young Musician of the Year). In July 2019 the Quarteto Tejo, of which Sofia is a founding member, was awarded the first prize in the chamber music category of that same Competition.
In 2021, Sofia became part of the viola section of the London Symphony Orchestra.
In the current season, exciting engagements include the recording of a Portuguese music album with Quarteto Tejo and her final Artist Diploma recital at the Chapelle, in January 2023.