Sophie Mathieu began studying piano atthe age of 6 and cello at the age of 11. She started composing at age 13. Shehas written solo and chamber works, and has also explored a vast diversity oflarger ensembles such as string orchestras and cello choirs. She has had thehonor of being a two time winner of the Sarah and Earnest Butler Texas YoungComposers’ Competition with her 2012 work, LeFort de Vaux, as well as with her 2014 work, Somnium. Both works were premiered by the Austin Symphony Orchestrain the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Sophie’s work Momentum, for string orchestra, piano, and bass drum, was given astate level award in the Reflections art competition. Her musical influencesinclude James Horner, Alexandre Desplat, Igor Stravinsky, Mason Bates, RalphVaughan Williams, and Maurice Ravel, as well as many others.
Sophie is currently a junior at Westwood High School and a memberof the Westwood High School Symphony Orchestra. She is also enrolled in theAustin Chamber Music Center Academy for Young Artists, where she enjoys playingchamber music with her friends and studying composition under Graham Reynolds.Sophie has had the opportunity to play in several masterclasses for many distinguishedartists, is a member of the Modern Music Masters MusicHonor Society, and is a two year member of the Region 26 Orchestra.