Sophia Bacelar

violoncello
biography

The 2016/2017 season of Cuban-Chinese cellist Sophia Bacelar includes various performances throughout Europe and North America, highlighted notably by her debuts at the Berliner Philharmonie and the Tonhalle Zürich.

Sophia has performed as soloist throughout Europe, North America, South America, and Asia in various prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Berliner Philharmonie, Victoria Hall, Le Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Cité de la Musique, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, and Alice Tully Hall. She regularly appears in several renowned festivals, including The Kronberg Academy Cello Festival, The Seiji Ozawa International Academy, and The Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. In recent years, she has been awarded 2nd Prize at the Antonio Janigro International Competition, 2nd Prize in the Berliner International Competition, and the Mondavi Center's Career Development Award.

Born in 1996 in the United States, Sophia began her musical studies at the age of two. At the age of ten, she was accepted to The Juilliard School, where she studied under the tutelage of Clara Kim for six years. After graduating in 2012, Sophia went on to further her studies at Le Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris in the class of Philippe Muller, from which she graduated in 2014. She is currently pursuing her graduate studies at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in the class of Nicolas Altstaedt, as well as working under the mentorship of Gautier Capuçon at the Fondation Louis Vuitton as a laureate of the "Classe d'Excellence". Additionally, she was one of Bernard Greenhouse’s last private students and visited him regularly for musical mentorship for several years. 

Throughout the course of her musical career, Sophia has had the opportunity to work with and receive coaching from many esteemed performers, conductors, and pedagogues such as Seiji Ozawa, Matthias Pintscher, Lawrence Foster, Mischa Maisky, Lynn Harrell, David Geringas, Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Jian Wang, Jens Peter Maintz, Pamela Frank, Nobuko Imai, and Claire Désert. She is incredibly grateful for all of the inspiration with which they have provided her. 

Sophia plays on a 1914 Giulio Degani cello restored by her father, luthier Alejandro Bacelar.


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