Sophie Branson

Sophie was born in 2006 in Tokyo. She studies at the studio of Liana Tretiakova at the ZBSM since 2010. Sophie is a prize winner of the International Competitions in Geneva and Padova (Italy). She participated in the Masterclasses of Prof. Zakhar Bron, Maxim Vengerov, Alexandra Soumm and Sergei Ostrovsky at the Menton Festival and Salzburg Academy.

In May 2015 Sophie became a prizewinner at the Crescendo Youth Music International Competition in Geneva, where in the final round she debuted as a soloist with the chamber orchestra “Soloists of Neuchatel” under the baton of Sergei Ostrovsky, performing Bach Concerto a-moll. In the same year she appeared as a soloist with the Pskov Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Arif Dadashev(Moscow) with concertos by Bach and Vivaldi.

In summers 2016 and 2017 Sophie took part in the Zakhar Bron School of Music Masterclasses at the Menton Music Festival, where she had an opportunity to take lessons with Professor Bron, Maxim Vengerov and Sergei Ostrovsky. Sophie also had an honor to perform Vivaldi Concerto for two violins a-moll together with Alexandra Soumm.

In November 2016 Sophie enjoyed a successful appearance as a soloist with the Stadtorchester Grenchen, Switzerland. “Ten year old Sophie mesmerized the audience by telling a story which just had to be heard to the very end”, wrote Grenchner Tagblatt in the review of the concert.

In February 2017 Sophie performed as a soloist with orchestra in Geneva and participated in the Zakhar Bron School of Music tour to Siberia, where she performed Vitali Chaconne with the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestras of Omsk and Novosibirsk.

Highlights of summer 2017 include the first prize at the Premio di Padova International Competition in Italy and a debut at the closing concert of the International Summer Academy in Mozarteum Salzburg (studio of Professor Bron).

Sophie also loves playing the piano. She is a prizewinner of the Zurich Music Competition and Swiss Youth Music Competition in the categories solo piano and piano in four hands.

Sophie participates at the Masterclass of Prof. Bron in Zurich and performs at the School’s concerts around Switzerland.