Sophie Spencer is currently completing her third year of training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the tutelage of Yoram Levy.
In 2017, Sophie was the recipient of a Sydney University Sydney Scholars Award and the JJ Kelly Memorial Scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she commenced her Bachelor of Music (Performance). She studied with Andrew Evans in 2017, Tristram Williams in 2018, and with David Elton since 2013. In 2019, Sophie performed in public masterclasses with Håkan Hardenberger and Michael Mulcahy, and has previously performed for Rex Richardson.
Sophie toured with the Australian World Orchestra in 2018 to India, and has performed as a casual musician with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Australia Orchestra. She has also performed alongside the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (2018-19) and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (2019) as part of ANAM Side by Side projects. She has participated in programs with the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) since 2014, performing as Principal Trumpet in AYO’s February and July Seasons as well as on National Music Camp (2018-19). She also toured to Europe and China with the AYO in 2019 as Principal Trumpet, and participated in the 2018 AYO Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Fellowship Program.
Sophie has held Principal Trumpet positions in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Wind Symphony and the Castle Hill RSL Youth Wind Orchestra, and has performed with Sydney Youth Orchestra, The Metropolitan Orchestra, The Musician Project, String Source and Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist, Sophie has won several trumpet and soprano cornet championships, both at state and national level. She was awarded first place in the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod and was a finalist in the 2013 NSW Secondary Schools’ Concerto Competition. Sophie was awarded the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra’s Players Award, the Most Promising Brass/Woodwind Performer in the 2013 Australian Concerto Competition, and received an International Trumpet Guild Young Artist Award. She was a semi-finalist in the 102.5FM Young Virtuosi/Young Performers Awards which was broadcasted live.
Apart from the trumpet, Sophie commenced Suzuki piano lessons at the age of three, graduating all levels by 2015, and shortly after began learning the violin and viola. She was a member of the Australian Girls’ Choir from 2004-2016, and loved to compete in a variety of sports. She was awarded a full academic scholarship at Abbotsleigh School and was Music Prefect in her final year.
READ Sophie's thoughts on why music education matters in this CutCommon interview.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Mary Adamson, Ted Bailey & Wendy Watson, John Davies OAM, Peter Demaine, John Harrison AM CBE and Sue Harrison, Bob Humphrey & the late Jenny Humphrey, Lord Somers Camp Olds and Bolds, the late Fay Nicholson, Kevin & Nancy Wood, Ruth Wisniak & John Miller
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