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Sophie Verhaeghe

  • Instructor, Violin
  • School of Music

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Biography

A native of Colorado, Sophie Verhaeghe began playing the violin at age 3 and made her solo debut at the age of 12. She has performed in Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. Sophie has been a fellow at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Talis Festival and Academy in Switzerland, and the National Repertory Orchestra, where she was a featured soloist.

Sophie is a member of both the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Opera orchestra. Her love of orchestral music has led her to perform with the crossover duo 2Cellos, the Houston Symphony, and the San Antonio Symphony as a contracted member. As a chamber musician, Sophie has collaborated with members of the Met Opera Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Cordova Quartet, and Latitude 49, as well as clarinetist Dimitri Ashkenazy, violinist Chee-Yun, and pianist Anton Nel.

In addition to her studio at Texas Lutheran University, Sophie maintains her own private studio in Austin of students ages 6 - adult. Sophie is also a co-founder of and Director of Operations for Austin Camerata, a chamber music festival that seeks to stretch the boundaries of artistic collaborations.

Sophie holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Boston University, and the University of Texas at Austin. In her spare time, Sophie enjoys running, reading, cooking, and watching college football.