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