Sophia Thaut is a performing violinist committed to the discovery and transmission of music through thoughtful performance, teaching, and advocacy for new and existing music. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Performance at the University of Toronto with Mark Fewer.
In 2021, she received her B.M. in violin performance and a Music Entrepreneurship Certificate from the University of Colorado Boulder, graduating summa cum laude. Driven by her desire to understand more about music’s role in modern societies, she also completed an honors thesis with Benjamin Teitelbaum titled, “Understanding Secular Ritual Through Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation”.
As a chamber musician, Sophia received a study abroad scholarship in 2018 to study at the Siena International Music Program and in 2019 she returned with her undergraduate string quartet on a full scholarship to study and perform chamber music in Cremona, Alba, Florence, and at the U.S. Embassy in Rome. She has spent recent summers performing with the Junge Kammerphilharmonie Berlin at the Rheinsberg Opera Festival and the Mannheimer Kammerphilharmonie in Innsbruck. She has played as concertmaster of the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the University of Colorado Boulder Symphony Orchestra and currently plays with local orchestras in Toronto.
Passionate about musicians’ wellness, she completed a certificate in the Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine from the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) in 2020 in addition to competing in the New Venture Challenge as the co-founder of the venture Spark: Mindful Artistry.
Sophia’s primary teachers and coaches have included Mark Fewer, Claude Sim, Conrad Chow, and Meta Weiss. She currently teaches a small studio of violin students in Toronto and performs throughout the GTA.