Hello friends! This post, this first/oldest post on my new website, I just had to have here. I didn’t have the heart to delete years of blogs, and my history. So here’s my favourite moments of over 20 years in this business… With love, passion & music, Sophie XO
JULY 3, 2012
Sophie performs at W.Brett Wilson’s Garden Party 2012
JUNE 30th, 2012
Sophie in Avenue Magazine Calgary Canada
APRIL 23, 2012
Sophie joined Pavlo in two tour dates last month- 19th and 21st April, and was White Hatted by the Calgary Stampede on stage at Jack Singer Concert Hall! Following that, Sophie performed with Pavlo again at The Winspear Centre in Edmonton (pictured above).
MARCH 8, 2012
Sophie joins Canadian Superstars for the Renew the World Gala Toronto
Last night, Sophie joined Canadian performers including Chantal Kreviazuk, Jarvis Church, Clifton Murray and Fraser Walters (The Canadian Tenors), Dan Hill, Keshia Chanté, the Mississauga Youth Theatre (click here for artist details) to perform two songs together for the Renew the World Gala to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of stem cells by two Canadian scientists, Drs. James Till and Ernest McCulloch, and to officially launch the Foundation. This historic, high profile event brought together over 500 of Canada’s most influential business leaders, philanthropists, politicians and an unprecedented array of icons from every conceivable field—science, the arts, sport, entertainment, business and media.
Dan Hill, Heather Hiscox, The Canadian Tenors & Sophie
JUNE 29, 2011
The Gold Violin Show launched at Sydney Opera House!
The Gold Violin, a fantasy show by Sophie Serafino was launched at Sydney Opera House, Australia, last month, to a full house at the Utzon Room of Sydney Opera House. Many thanks to Yamaha Music Australia for Sophie’s custom gold SV200 silent electric violin, to Royalty Prussia, Cerrone Jewellery, Cosmopolitan Shoes, NMI Imports & Rose Only for supporting Sophie Serafino’s Gold Violin Show. Click here for reviews
The Gold Violin Concept
Follow Sophie as the Gold Violin takes her on a journey across the globe… following the beautiful pure sound, and its blinding gold light from city to city, together discovering the world and their musical destiny….
Sophie’s custom Yamaha SV200 Silent electric made for the Gold Violin show
MAY 14, 2011
Joined at the event by stars Olivia Newton-John and Australia TV Host Melissa Doyle, Sophie performed at the Myer Precious Metal Ball in Melbourne last night.
MARCH 15, 2011
Last week, on the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, Sophie and her Sydney team launched Every Woman Festival. The event is to celebrate International Women’s Day, women in our community and raise funds for local charities.
*Every Woman Foundation/Organization a non-profit organization seeking to empower and celebrate women using an inclusive approach that encourages participation from the entire community in creating equality and healing through self expression & communication. EWF was founded by Sophie Armstrong (formerly Sophie Serafino) in 2008.
JANUARY 2, 2011
Sydney Australia- my home down under!
Hey you guys,
So I know you know that Sydney is my home. As I prepare to move to Canada however, I wanted to share a few of my favorite places and a few happy moments I’ve had in the last few weeks. I’m a little emotional about moving, but it’s only for a couple of years! Yes, I was born in England, but my family are Australian, and although we have British and Scottish heritage, I’ve been here in Australia since I was a baby. It’s my home, and always will be.
My top places in Sydney are:
1. Bondi Beach
2. The Botanical Gardens
5. The Opera House! One of the most unique and recognizable buildings in the world!
6. The Wahroonga Park and shops (yes a little obscure, but this was my local shops as a kid)
8. Palm Beach
9. Jonah’s Restaurant at Whale Beach
10. Sydney Harbour Bridge! Walk across it… look at it… celebrate New Year’s Eve there (check it out below!) whatever… it totally rocks!
OCTOBER 30th 2010
Turning 30! Yeah!
So… one of my favorite colleagues and I both turned 30 in the same month, so we decided to celebrate together! Thank you to AMG Management for our wonderful party at Bondi Beach! Loads of love, loads of fun, thank you to all the sponsors that made this happen!
SEPTEMBER 10th 2010
Sophie live at special event, Königstreet Love, Stuttgart Germany
Last week Sophie headed to Stuttgart to perform at a special event for special event, Königstreet Love, Germany
JUNE 10th 2010
JUNE 5th 2010
You guys, I recently had one of the greatest honours of my life thus far: I was invited by the Australian Trade Commission to perform at the Gala for Sculptures by the Sea in Arhus Denmark, which was attended by and The Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark. I am a huge fan of the couple, and Mary, a fellow Aussie!
Scupltures by the Sea was originally an Australian concept and was brought to Denmark by the Crown Princess. Just beautiful and so unique!
I also got to explore Copenhagen as well, and it was absolutely fab… another world.. from the fashion with the beautiful little daisys to seeing bikes everywhere not cars! Hardly any cars. Amazing. Check out my top 5 places to check out in Copenhagen:
- The Tivoli Gardens
- Rosenborg Palace
- The Little Mermaid & Hans Christian Andersen
- The Royal Danish Theatre with it’s unique design
- Christiania- a freetown, with it’s own laws, separate to the city of Copenhagen!
I had an absolute blast! See you soon Australia, my beautiful home….
MAY 1st 2010
Sculpture by the Sea is Australia’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition, which was inaugurated in 1997. In 2009, it was announced that Aarhus in Denmark would host the first Sculpture by the Sea exhibition outside of Australia, initiated by Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. Sophie will have the great honour to perform at this year’s gala event opening the exhibition, by invitation of the Australian Trade Commission of Denmark. The event will be attended by the Crown Prince and Princess.
MARCH 30th 2010
Sophie performed for the VIP audience celebrating the launch of Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door fragrance in Sydney Australia in Watsons Bay.
APRIL 29th 2009
Sophie joined German Saxophonist Natalie Marchenko in Cochin India for the launch of Dream Hotels, a new luxury hotel. Read more: http://www.cochinsquare.com/dream-hotel-cochin/ and https://guestofaguest.com/new-york/travel/the-grand-opening-of-vikram-chatwals-dream-cochin-hotel
DECEMBER 19th 2008
Sophie headed to Casablanca Morocco last week to perform two shows at Le Petit Rocher. Sophie is now back in the UK, and headed home to Australia for Christmas!
DECEMBER 1st 2008
Istanbul to me has been the most fascinating place. I feel like I’m living in an alternate universe! From the 6am morning prayers that echo accross the city to the smell of delicious apple tea, and the beautiful buildings with thousands and thousands of years of history… check it out!
Having a blast in Turkey over the last year… with three artist residencies at Club 360 Istanbul I have really had a chance to get to explore! if you want to know more about anything, just ask me.
Love you guys!
The ruins of Troy
SEPTEMBER 30th 2008
Sophie recently performed with Amaan Ali Khan and his ensemble for special events for Pernod Ricard, and had a blast exploring the cities!
AUGUST 4th 2008
Sophie and her UK team headed to Sardegna last month to perform at a special launch event for Perrier–Jouët
JULY 30th 2008
JUNE 6th 2008
Helloooo from Tokyo you guys!
This trip has been WILD! Japan is another world indeed. Last night I had dinner at Gonpachi AKA the “Kill Bill Restaurant” with a childhood friend- the daughter of one of my father’s friends. It was delicious, and it was hilarious and a little unsettling how the chefs all shout and chop up the sushi with swords! Also did a little Karaoke I’m not going to lie haha!
I’ve been exploring, shopping, and had a little visit to Yamaha Music Tokyo as well. I performed at the opening of a new flagship store for 7 For All Mankind… I LOVE these jeans!
See you back in Sydney soon! If you’re in Tokyo, send me a message on Facebook or Myspace!
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JUNE 5th 2008
Hey you guys!
I have had such a blast these few months here in Paris. I’ve been back and forth from Sydney to Paris since January 2007 now… and you guys know I’ve been performing a tonne. The audiences are just so welcoming! I have LOVED walking absolutely everywhere with my violin… exploring this beautiful city. I’ve been writing a load of music as well, in this dreamy state. I don’t even need to share my favorite places, I’m sure those of you who have been to Paris know the typical places, and they’ve weaved their magic on me just like everyone else. I have to share however, that my experiences might just be the romantic musician in me, because a friend from school came to stay and all she could see was the dirt and the streets where dog owners don’t pick up after their dogs! We all see something different don’t we! If you’re in Paris, send me a note!
FEBRUARY 10th 2008
On 31st January Sophie traveled to the Kingdom of Bahrain to perform at the Seef Mall Anniversary celebrations to a large audience of 7000+ in Manama Bahrain, including the Bahraini Royal Family.
Check out this write up of the event- click here. – Sophie “enchanted the crowds with her unique mix of world music, dance and classically-inspired strings”
DECEMBER 2nd 2007
Sophie headed to the UK for two shows- for the Australian High Commission & a special show open to the public!
Sophie is headed to the UK in January by invitation of the Australian High Commission of London, to perform at the Australia Day Celebration Gala on 20th January. Following that, Sophie and her band will perform a one night show on 21st January-
DECEMBER 1st 2007
Sophie spent November as resident artist at Club 360 Istanbul
Just just spent a month in Turkey, performing 15 shows and multiple television appearances, as resident artist at Club 360 Istanbul. Club 360 has been described by the New York Times as the hottest place to party in Europe. Sophie will return next year to complete another residency, stay tuned!
NOVEMBER 28th 2007
Sophie signs with Yamaha Music Australia
Sophie will perform her electric violin shows exclusively on Yamaha instruments- in particular, her favorite, the SV200 Silent Electric. Click here for more details.
APRIL 20th 2007
Sophie will perform at the Cronulla Jazz Festival (Australia) next month
APRIL 1st 2007
Sophie will return to Paris next month! For more details click here
January 12, 2007
For more details and tickets click here.
APRIL 2 2006
Thanks to everyone who checked out Sophie’s show last night! SOLD OUT! MORE DATES COMING SOON!