Anastasia Sofina
Viola

IMG_9895_Anastasia SofinaOriginally from Moscow, violist Anastasia moved to London to study at the Royal College of Music, before returning to Russia to study for a specialist degree at Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. During her studies, Anastasia has been awarded numerous prizes, including an Annual Award of the Moscow Government for excellence, and she was proud to be awarded grants from the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation.

Anastasia is a regular performer at festivals, in masterclasses and with various orchestras and ensembles, performing across Europe in the Netherlands, Greece, Serbia, Spain, Slovakia, Byelorussia, Poland, Norway and many more. In London, Anastasia has performed in various prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields and also in the V&A Museum. Recently, Anastasia has performed with the Seasons Chamber Orchestra, Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina State Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Youth Chamber Music Festival Orchestra and Camerata Viesgo del Encuentro Festival, Spain.

Anastasia enjoys performing across the world and has taken part in international competitions throughout her studies, achieving first prizes in Russia, Greece, Serbia and London. Her chamber group, Rolton Trio, also performs internationally and she has recently formed the Clara String Quartet.

Aside from her chamber work, Anastasia has also been proud to perform two works composed for her by Shandor Kallosh, and has played his works on the State Russian Radio and TV station Culture. Anastasia recently recorded Palette. 20th Century with Pavlik Records in Slovakia.

Anastasia is a Leverhulme Arts Scholar, supporting her place in Southbank Sinfonia.

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Anna Meredith’s Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra really excites me. It’ll be very interesting working with beatboxers; instrumentalists often try to imitate the human voice to make their playing more natural and expressive, but usually we mimic singing or speech. I imagine it would be slightly different and fun to accompany or imitate those sounds beatboxers produce! The concerto is also written by a female composer – historically, most of composers were male and, although it’s happily no longer surprising to meet a female composer now, I feel glad every time I see a piece written by a woman being played.

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Q&A

What is your favourite piece of music, and why do you love it?
I often like to either listen to compositions I have not heard or to new interpretations of pieces I know. As a player I love every piece I play; as a listener I was deeply impressed by the second movement of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 several years ago and have listened to it many times since.

What do you think concerts of the future should look like?
Music has an ability to let people go deeply into their thoughts and feelings, experiencing different emotional states. It would be great if concerts of the future could give the space for people who come looking for this to concentrate, whilst entertaining those who come to be entertained.

What do you do with your time when you’re not playing music?
I regularly dedicate time to aspects of my musical career that are not playing itself and can also be found cooking, watching films, reading. I like trying new things from time to time.

Anastasia tells us about how she finds it hard to pick just one favourite piece…

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