Violinist Sophia Kirsanova, laureate of several solo and chamber music competitions, was born in Riga, Latvia. She began her musical studies at the Em.Dārziņš music school with violinist Nelli Sarkisian and later at the J.Vītols Latvian Academy of Music with Prof. Juris Švolkovskis.
Music has taken Sophia to different parts of the world. After participating in the master class of Prof. Michael Gaisler in 2008, Sophia continued her studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music. In Israel, Sophia received her Master degree and later an Artist Diploma from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music Tel Aviv University in the class of Prof. Hagai Shaham.
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).
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.
Sophia regularly plays solo recitals in Israel and Europe and has been a devoted chamber musician participating in different projects. 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 as well as playing solo with the orchestra numerous times and leading the violin section. With the Piano Trio "RAM" Sophia has performed throughout Israel, including Israeli Chamber Music Festival in Kfar Blum.
Many other important performances include the Israel Festival Jerusalem, 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 both Israel Classical Radio and Latvian Classical Radio.
Currently, Sophia continues her musical education as a PhD candidate at the Melbourne University Conservatory of Music under the supervision of Dr Curt Thompson and Dr Nicholas Tochka. A major part of Sophia's concert repertoire has been dedicated to works of Latvian composers, and that is also her focus of performance research at the Melbourne University.