Latvian concert violinist Sophia Kirsanova explores the extraordinary depth and diversity of music from Latvia, curating engaging All-Latvian concert programs. Sophia has enjoyed a diverse career, having performed as a soloist with orchestras, such as Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and Israel Camerata Jerusalem. Sophia has performed recitals and made numerous chamber music appearances in Europe, Australia and Israel.
Sophia has been a member and frequent soloist with the Israel Camerata chamber orchestra 2009 - 2018, performing throughout Israel and numerous tours abroad, including performances at the Concertgebouw and Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
Besides traditional and standard repertoire, Sophia enjoys programming new, lesser-known music, especially promoting works by Latvian composers. Her concerts and lecture-recitals in collaboration with Australian musicians have been praised as "wonderful, breathtaking", "demonstrating outstanding technique and musicality" (Latvietis Melbourne) and “experience of this musical event as a truly exceptional one” (review by Sandra Aleksejeva-Birze).
Future seasons anticipate premieres of commissioned works, including Linda Leimane and Ēriks Ešenvalds, as well as an album of Latvian violin music.
In 2018 Sophia moved to Australia to pursue her passion for pedagogy and performance research. Sophia is currently a PhD performance candidate at the University of Melbourne, where she also teaches violin as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and curates the Concertmaster Mentorship Program.
Sophia started her musical education at the E.Darzins Music School in Rīga, Latvia with Nelli Sarkisian. Among Sophia’s other major teachers are Hagai Shaham (Buchmann-Mehta School of Music), Michael Gaisler (Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance) and Juris Švolkovskis (J.Vītols Latvian Academy of Music). Sophia has enhanced in courses such as Holland Music Sessions, Perlman Music Program, Collegium Musicum (Germany) and masterclasses with Itzhak Perlman, Zakhar Bron, Miriam Fried, Ivry Gitlis, Shmuel Ashkenazy, Christian Tetzlaff to name a few.
It is important for Sophia to maintain a vibrant and active engagement in her Latvian cultural heritage; she is actively involved in the Latvian community in Melbourne, performing at the community events, singing in the Latvian choir Daina and co-curated the online concert to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Riga Barricades.