Biography of Rahman Sophia:
Sophia Rahman studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Peter Norris and Louise Kentner. After taking a first class honours degree in English studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Alexander Kelly and Malcom Matineau. She was elected an associate of the R.A.M. in1997 Since winning the Royal Overseas League Competition’s Accompanist Award and the Lisa Fuchsova Memorial Prize for the chamber music pianist in consecutive years, her work has encompassed a wide range of solo and chamber activities. She is a founder member of the acclaimed piano-Dukes-Rahman trio (clarinet, viola, piano), which celebrates it’s tenth anniversary this year with the release of an ASV disc of the works of Max Bruch and a residency at Queen’s University Belfast. She acts as an official accompanist for organisations such as the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and has appeared with the chamber ensembles of the English Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, and with the soloists of the Royal Opera House. As concert soloist she has toured with the BT Scottish Ensemble, in works by Mozart and Shostakovich. Sophia has appeared al all the London recital halls and many across Europe, including the Concertgebouw, Koeliner-Philharmonie and Musikverein, Wien. She has toured South America the Indian Sub Continent and given a recital tour of Japan with the clarinettist Karl Leister. She has broadcast for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, All-India Radion Netherlands Radio and for BBC, Japanese satellite and Turkish television and has also played and presented a Debussy Prelude as part of a BBC TV children’s education series. She has recorded several chamber music discs of ASV, Dutton and Meridian, and Shostakovich’s first piano concerto with the BT Scotish Ensemble for Linn Records.