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Biography

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Sophia Elger is a British saxophonist whose performances have been described as “captivating, exciting, and engaging” (Richard Ingham).  She recently graduated from the Royal College of Music with Distinction.  During her Masters years, she was a Leverhulme Arts Scholar, an Ian Fleming Award holder, and the recipient of the Biddy Baxter and John Hosier Trust Award 2021.

 

Sophia is a committed soloist and ensemble player.  In addition, she has developed an interest in initiating and directing collaborative projects incorporating other creative disciplines.

 

In 2021, Sophia won First Prize in the Jane Melber Saxophone Competition, Second Prize in the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain Competition, and Third Prize in the RCM Contemporary Competition.  In 2020, she was awarded Second Prize in the RCM Concerto Competition.

 

Sophia has been selected as a Young Artist of the Musicians’ Company, the Hattori Foundation, DEBUT Horizon, and Talent Unlimited.  She has performed extensively as a soloist at venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the 1901 Arts Club, and The Lighthouse Concert Hall in Poole (where she performed Alexander Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto).  Last year, she performed Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da Camera with the RCM Orchestra in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall.

 

As a chamber musician, Sophia has performed in several mixed ensembles, and in 2020 her saxophone quartet was awarded First Prize in the RCM Woodwind Ensemble Competition.  She has commissioned several chamber pieces that include the saxophone and has participated in the premieres of other new works in Denmark, France, and the UK.  She performed in the Arts by the Sea Festival, in Bournemouth, and in both the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival.

 

As well as being a musician, Sophia has a deep interest in the visual arts.  During the lockdown, she developed an interest in directing projects that combine music with the visual arts.  She was asked to participate in the inaugural concert of Nuova Concerts, an online platform, at which she performed Five Figures.  This was a collaborative project of her own conception, involving the commissioning of five composers to write a short solo saxophone piece based on five paintings that she had produced.

 

Sophia has participated in masterclasses with Arno Bornkamp, Graeme Blevins, Vincent David, Claude Delangle, Simon Diriq, Mariano Garcia, Daniel Gauthier, Simon Haram, Joshua Hyde, Lars Lien, Anja Nedremo, Joonatan Rautiola, Naomi Sullivan, Christian Wirth, and Nikita Zimin.  Past teachers include Kyle Horch, Huw Wiggin, and Amy Dickson.

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Concerts 2023

JAN 13

19:30 

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Odyssey Orchestra performs works by Gershwin and Ravel

JAN 26                

18:00 

RCM, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

RCM Philharmonic perform Gershwin, Copland, and Price

FEB 07

13:05                      

RCM, Performance Studio

Lucerna Quartet performs Lux Aeterna, by Rihards Dubra

FEB 11

15:00

RCM, Performance Hall

Saxophone Quartet Concert

Private Event

FEB 21

14:30

Merton Dementia Hub

 

Performing with baritone, Patrick Keefe

Private Event

APR 18                

14:30 

Merton Dementia Hub

Performing with mezzo-soprano, Lotte Betts-Dean

MAY 02

13:05                      

RCM, Performance Studio

Lucerna Quartet performs Grave et Presto, by Jean Rivier

MAY 04

18:00

RCM, Inner Parry Room

Performing Imaginary Folksongs by Stephen Lias

MAY 05

13:05

St. Mary Abbots Church 

Performing Gate by Graham Fitkin

APR 26

13:00

Masterclass and Recital at Bow Church

Solo Recital for Bath Festival Orchestra Concert Series

Brandenburg Festival, London

Performance with QP Singers and Spirito Saxophone Quartet

JUN 04

14:20

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RCM, Recital Hall

MPerf2 Final Recital with pianist, Iain Clarke

MAY 26

19:30

Private Event

JUN 06

18:00 

Royal College of Art, Lounge Bar

Performance with Lucerna Quartet

JUN 07                

18:00 

Royal College of Art, Lounge Bar

Solo Recital

Private Event

JUN 08

18:00                      

Great Exhibition Road Festival

Lucerna Saxophone Quartet

JUN 25

19:0                     

Canal Dream Art Festival

Lucerna Saxophone Quartet

JUN 28

18:00

RCM, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

RCM Chamber Ensemble

JUL 03

19:30

RCM, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

RCM Saxophone Ensemble Concert

JUL 04

13:05

RCM, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall

RCM Sparks Lunchtime Concert

Purcell Room, Southbank

London Sinfonietta Academy Concert

JUL 19

19:45

JUL 20

19:30

St Eanswythe Church, Folkestone

London Sinfonietta Academy Concert

JUL 26

13:10

Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church

Spirito Saxophone Quartet Lunchtime Concert

OCT 12

19:00

Brunel Museum

DEBUT Classical Concert

West Hamstead Synagogue

Performing BABEL with the Echo Ensemble

OCT 15

20:00

OCT 21

19:00

Shoreditch Treehouse

DEBUT Classical Concert

St James's Piccadilly

Solo Recital

NOV 08

13:00

1901 Arts Club

Dina Duisen and Friends Festival

OCT 27

13:00

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