Sophia Werner, 19
2023 Bach Prize Winner
2023 Finalist
United States

Sophia Werner, 20, is pursuing her B.M. in Violin Performance at The Juilliard School, where she studies with Laurie Smukler. An avid chamber musician, Sophia has performed in a variety of ensembles under the tutelage of Ms. Smukler, Simone Dinnerstein, Rebecca Fischer, Samuel Rhodes, Natasha Brofsky and Joel Krosnick among others. She cultivated her love of chamber music at Greenwood Chamber Music Camp (2016-19), Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute (2019), and Kneisel Hall (2022) as a Young Artist fellow. This summer, Sophia will return to Kneisel Hall with her piano trio, the Apollo Trio.

Recently, Sophia performed twice with the Adelphi Orchestra as the overall First Place winner of its Young Artists Competition, and was selected as a finalist of the Juilliard Concerto Competition. Other accomplishments include two solo appearances with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, one with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and two with the Ithaca Community Orchestra. She has also enjoyed two solo performances with the Binghamton Youth Symphony Orchestra and one with the Binghamton Community Orchestra.

Orchestrally, she performs with the Juilliard Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, where she has held leadership positions. In 2021, she expanded her orchestral experience as a recipient of the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where she was a first violinist of the Aspen Festival Orchestra. More recently, Sophia performed as a Fellow with the Apex Ensemble.

Sophia plays on a 1864 J. B. Vuillaume violin, generously on loan to her through Juilliard’s Stringed Instrument Collection.