For Somerset girl Sophie, the viola was originally a means to an end - she had to take up a second instrument for a school bursary, and the rest is history! As a student first at the University of Surrey and then the Royal Northern College of Music, she was primarily a violinist, studying with Paul Robertson, Sophie Langdon and Tom Kemp. After leaving college she returned more seriously to the viola, studying privately with Graham Oppenheimer and with Thomas Reibl at the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove.
She has played violin and viola with orchestras across Britain, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. From 2005 she has been a permanent member of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.