Sophia Rahman, Artistic Director/Piano

Sophia Rahman made the first UK recording of Florence Price’s piano concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She has recorded Shostakovich’s piano concerto Op. 35 with the Scottish Ensemble for Linn Records and around forty chamber music discs for a host of international labels including CPO, Guild, Resonus, Dutton/Epoch, ASV and Champs Hill.

Sophia has appeared in recital with distinguished cellist and Hon. Patron of the Whittington Festival, Steven Isserlis, violinist Augustin Hadelich, oboist Alex Klein, clarinettist Karl Leister and the celebrated tenor Mark Padmore, as well as working regularly with her multi-talented partner, the violinist, violist and conductor Andres Kaljuste.

Sophia has coached junior chamber music at Sibelius Academy, Finland, Lilla Akademien, Sweden, and on a course she masterminded at the Arvo Pärt Centre for young Estonian musicians. Known for her work as a class pianist at IMS/Prussia Cove, she has played for various maestri including Kim Kashkashian, Atar Arad, Thomas Riebl, Hartmut Rohde and, for more than a decade now, Steven Isserlis.

Her interest in this field began as a class pianist for the legendary William Pleeth at the Britten-Pears School. After early tuition with Antonietta Notariello, Sophia studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School under Peter Norris, with additional guidance from Vlado Perlemuter and Louis Kentner. She took a first-class honours degree in English from King’s College, London, and gained her Masters at the Royal Academy of Music under Alexander Kelly and Malcolm Martineau. She was the winner of the Royal Overseas League’s Collaborative Piano Prize and the Liza Fuchsova Memorial Prize for chamber music pianism in consecutive years. Sophia is the Artistic Director of the Whittington Festival.