Sophia Rahman, Artistic Director/Piano

Sophia 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 also recorded Shostakovich’s piano concerto Op. 35 with the Scottish Ensemble for Linn Records and over 30 chamber music discs for a host of labels including Guild, Resonus, Dutton/Epoch, Naxos, ASV and Champs Hill.

She teaches chamber music on the String Masters programme run by the Irish Chamber Orchestra at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Sophia has acted as a class pianist at IMS/Prussia Cove since 2008, for a variety of maestri including, for the past decade, cellist and Hon. Patron of the Whittington International Chamber Music Festival, Steven Isserlis. Her interest in this work began as a class pianist for the legendary cellist and teacher William Pleeth at the Britten-Pears School. 

She has appeared in recital with Steven Isserlis, violist Thomas Riebl, distinguished wind players such as Karl Leister, Alex Klein, John Anderson and Robert Plane, and works regularly with her partner, the violinist, violist and conductor Andres Kaljuste. 

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 completed her piano studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Alexander Kelly and Malcolm Martineau.

She was the winner of the Royal Overseas League’s Accompanist Award and the Liza Fuchsova Memorial Prize for a chamber music pianist in consecutive years.

Sophia took up the position of Artistic Director of the Whittington International Chamber Music Festival for its thrilling 2021 relaunch year and is delighted to be planning an even fuller programme for the 2022 edition of the festival.