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Sophie Lyman

2024 Cello Festival

Sophie Lyman, a cellist from North Carolina, began studying with her mother at the age of three. In May, she received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), studying with Brooks Whitehouse. She will begin her master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music this fall, studying with Melissa Kraut. She has won various competitions and soloed with the BYU Symphony Orchestra, the Idaho Falls Youth Symphony, and her high school orchestra. She was the third place winner of the Grand Teton Music Festival’s Scholarship Competition and a national finalist in the MTNA and Coltman Chamber Music Competitions.

Sophie is pursuing her Suzuki teacher training and, with the help of the UNCSA Community Music School, organized a Suzuki cello program there where she teaches her students. She was the head counselor and guest artist at Lamar Stringfield Music Camp in Raleigh and will return this summer as the assistant director. Following the camp, she will go to Germany for the International Chamber Music Academy of Ochsenhausen.

Last summer Sophie attended the Heifetz Institute in Staunton, Virginia. Before that, she went to NEO EXCELLENCE in Spain where she studied with cellist and composer Andrea Casarrubios. She is featured in the premiere YouTube recording of Casarrubios’s Armadura – a recording that now has over 3,500 views. In past summers she’s toured China with the BYU Chamber Orchestra, and attended the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, the Prague Summer Nights music festival, the Brevard Summer Institute, and the Credo chamber music festival. Her past teachers include Robert Tueller, Benjamin Karp, and Michelle Kesler. She has had lessons with and played in masterclasses for Johannes Moser, Astrid Schween, Steve Doane, Jean-Guihen Queyras, and Clive Greensmith.