Australian Sophie Armstrong is a Canada based world beat solo violinist with some a classical twist. Described as passionate and fearless, Sophie inspires and intrigues audiences as she takes them into her fantasies through her world beat sound.
Born in London, United Kingdom and raised in Sydney, Australia, Sophie has performed all over the globe, gathering inspiration from difference cultures to create her own style of world-beat and classical music. The British-Australian, Canada based violinist’s most recent recording, The Journey, was released in 2016.
Australian Sophie Armstrong is a Canada based world beat solo violinist with some a classical twist. Described as passionate and fearless, Sophie inspires and intrigues audiences as she takes them into her fantasies through her world beat sound. Born in London, United Kingdom and raised in Sydney, Australia, Sophie has performed all over the globe, gathering inspiration from difference cultures to create her own style of world-beat and classical music. As Robert O’Brien from Black & White Magazine Australia says, ‘if flame haired violinist (Sophie) can lead that audience to a place where classical meets pop and rock, the rest is easy.’ Mix those sounds with influence’s from Sophie’s travels and that is her culturally diverse style.
Sophie is most at home most whenever she is on stage. Raised in a family of classical musicians, the violinist rebelled and started her own career in heavy metal, before exploring many genres and performing with other artists before defining her own direction. After attaining her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Sydney Conservatorium (Violin Major), Sophie’s travel to distant locations for performances in cities in the middle east and Europe drew her into the world of theatrical performances, dance, pop, middle eastern and modern classical music. Sophie has worked with EMI and Warner Music Artists including Goldfrapp, The Hoodoo Gurus, Josh Groban and The Veronicas, and has performed for Olivia Newton-John and dignitaries including the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed at the Emirates Palace in Sao Paolo Brazil, the Bahraini Royal Family and Australian Ambassador of Turkey, and Crown Prince & Princess Mary & Frederik of Denmark.
Since relocating to Canada in 2011, Sophie has performed with members of the Canadian Tenors, Chantal Kreviazuk, Juno award winner Jarvis Church (Philosopher Kings), Juno award winner Keshia Chante, Dan Hill, Mark Masri, and Juno-Award winning guitarists Pavlo & Oscar Lopez. Sophie spent most of 2013 writing and recording with artists including Grammy & Juno Award winner Dan Hill, Amy Sky and Pavlo among others. In 2013, Sophie was selected to take part in Songworks Edmonton, which is a professional songwriting camp hosted by the Songwriters Association of Canada to bring some of Canada’s best talent together for intensive co-writing sessions. Click here to view some of Sophie’s recent co-writes on her SAC page (Songwriters Association of Canada). In late 2013 Sophie joined the cast of the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium, Alberta Canada, and shortly after joined Mark Masri as a special guest on his PBS Special which is now airing (Sophie is also featured on the CD Mark Masri LIve Concert CD click here). A permanent resident of Canada since 2012, Sophie was White Hatted by Calgary Stampede on stage at the Jack Singer Concert Hall Calgary in April 2013, received The Women of Vision Award from Global Television Edmonton Canada in 2014, and The Cultural Ambassador Award at the national 2017 Women of Inspiration Awards in Calgary Canada. In October 2015, Sophie released ‘Kissed by the Moon’ a lullaby album featuring original compositions by Sophie, and popular classics—including the famed ‘Brahms’ Lullaby’. The album features Sophie on violin, Susanne Ruberg Gordon on piano, and Russell Broom on classical guitar. The album The Journey was released in August 2016.
Passionate about raising awareness around women’s issues, Sophie was an Ambassador of Ovarian Cancer Canada 2012-2015 (click here to watch Global Televisions Public Service Announcement featuring Sophie). Sophie’s organization Every Woman Foundation (Australia, Canada) celebrates International Women’s Day with their signature event Every Woman Festival, and provides various volunteer outreach programs since 2008. Click here for more information. Sophie also supports the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta and has been a ‘Heart Hero’ for The Heart Truth Fashion Show Calgary (click to watch) in 2012 and 2014. Sophie Armstrong Entertainment Inc regularly supports community and charity events. Sophie is also currently Chair of the Rotary Club of Calgary Arts & Culture Committee which supports various arts scholarship programs and competitions in Calgary Alberta. Click here for more information for charities Sophie supports.
- The Edmonton Journal, Canada: “A tour de force”
- The Calgary Herald, Canada: “Sophie is a show-stopper!”
- The Australian Times London: “What the critics keep raving about is how intelligent and soulful her playing is”
- Sydney Morning Herald Australia: “refreshing – not only plays the violin but sings with amazing clarity”
- The Milliyet Newspaper Turkey: “Sophie tells a story that will keep the audience entertained”
- Arte Lifestyle Spettacolo Magazine Italy: “the violin and sensual voice of Australian artist Sophie (Armstrong) infiltrates the spirit and moves the heart”.
- Sfilate Moda Magazine Italy: “(Sophie’s) performance excites and she gives a sense of mystery to her show”.
- Megamodo Magazine Italy: “the notes from her violin created excitement!”
- Inside Sport Magazine Australia: “take one funky diva with a violin, mix with some pop flavored opera and you’ll be bustin’ a move to Sophie’s music before you can say Pavarotti”
- Daily Telegraph: “Sophie has ‘inimitable style’ “
Sophie has performed in the following countries:
- United Kingdom
- Northern Cyprus
- North America
- New Zealand