Sophia Thaut is a passionate and versatile violinist, committed to the exploration and transmission of music through thoughtful performance and teaching.
An avid chamber musician and collaborator, she most recently attended the Domaine Forget International Academy Chamber Music Intensive in 2022. In 2019, she attended the Siena International Music Festival with her undergraduate string quartet, where they performed chamber music across Italy, with a culminating performance in the U.S. Embassy in Rome. Her passion for chamber music goes beyond the string quartet as well, as she enjoys performing in a variety of chamber ensemble settings.
With a curiosity for new music and a desire for close collaboration between performer and composer, she attended the soundSCAPE Festival in 2022 where she premiered multiple new works for solo violin and chamber ensembles.
As a German-American, she has participated in orchestral projects internationally, including with the Mannheimer Kammerphilharmonie, the Junge Kammerphilharmonie Berlin at the Rheinsberg Opera Festival, the Niagara Symphony, the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Colorado Boulder Symphony Orchestra. She has held concertmaster and leadership positions in each of these orchestras. She currently plays in the Mannheim/Heidelberg region and teaches private lessons.
In 2021, she received her B.M. in violin performance while also completing 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 completed an honors thesis with Benjamin Teitelbaum titled, “Understanding Secular Ritual Through Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation” in 2021. Passionate about musicians’ wellness as well, 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. In 2023, she graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters in Music Performance under the tutelage of Mark Fewer.