Violinist Sophia Kirsanova, laureate of several solo and chamber music competitions, was born in Riga, Latvia. A major part of Sophia's concert repertoire has been dedicated to works of Latvian composers, and that is also the focus of her research project at the Melbourne University. Sophia is currently a Ph.D. music performance research candidate at the Melbourne Conservatory of Music, where she assists the violin class of Prof. Curt Thompson. Sophia explores the music of her homeland, Latvia during the crucial time in the nation's history - the Baltic Revolution and a substantial part of Sophia’s project is the popularization of Latvian composers by performing and recording the highlights from Latvian classical violin and chamber music repertoire.
Sophia regularly plays solo recitals and has been a devoted chamber musician participating in different projects in Israel, Europe and her new home in Australia. Sophia has a lifelong duo with her sister violinist Ilze Kirsanova with whom she regularly performs in Latvia.
During the years 2009-2018 Sophia was playing with the Israel Camerata Jerusalem chamber orchestra, performing solo with the orchestra numerous times as well as leading the violin section. As a soloist, Sophia has performed with Sinfonia Concertante Orchestra (Latvia), Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Israel Camerata Jerusalem, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Collegium Musicum (Germany).
With the Piano Trio RAM (2008-2011) Sophia has performed throughout Israel’s most prominent venues and festivals. Other important performances include the Israel Performing Arts Festival, the Israel Harp Festival, the Holland Music Sessions, the Perlman Music Program, Collegium Musicum (Germany). Several of Sophia's concerts have been translated and recorded in Israel Classical Radio and Latvian Classical Radio.
Music has taken Sophia to different parts of the world. After beginning her musical studies in Latvia at the Em.Dārziņš music school with violinist Nelli Sarkisian and the J.Vītols Latvian Academy of Music with Prof. Juris Švolkovskis, Sophia continued her studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music with Prof. Michael Gaisler. In Israel, Sophia received her Master's degree and later an Artist Diploma from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Tel Aviv University in the class of Prof. Hagai Shaham.
Among important inspirations have been masterclasses with renowned violinists such as Ivry Gitlis, Itzhak Perlman, Christian Tetzlaff, Shmuel Ashkenazy, Zakhar Bron, Boris Garlitsky to name a few.