Sophia
Reuter

Viola

PROFESOR VISITANTE
curso 2020/2021

Fotógrafo: Barbara Glüksmann

Sophia Reuter was born in Dresden and comes from a family with a long musical tradition. Her father, the late Rolf Reuter, was a conductor and her grandfather Fritz Reuter was a composer.

At the age of 5 she began taking violin lessons from Prof. Klaus Hertel at the Hochschule für Musik “Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” in Leipzig, after which she studied with Prof. Peter Tietze in Berlin.

As a ten-year old she was the youngest participant and prize-winner at the Johann-Sebastian-Bach-competition in Leipzig. In 1988 she won first prize at the music competition in Weimar.

In 1989, she had the opportunity to play for Yehudi Menuhin, who subsequently invited her to study at his academy in Switzerland. From then until 1993 she studied with Menuhin and Alberto Lysy at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad. 

She deepened her viola skills for two more years taking classes with Prof. Alfred Lipka in Berlin at the Hochschule für Musik“Hanns Eisler” from 2000-2002.

 After her studies, she continued participating in masterclasses with virtuosi like Ruggiero Ricci, Pierre Amoyal and Corrado Romano . She has performed in many major music centres around the world. Numerous tours have taken her to France, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, USA, South America and Asia.

Sophia, who plays both violin and viola, has participated in various chamber music festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Portugal, Italy, Argentina and the far East, where she had the opportunity to perform with artists like Yehudi Menuhin, Nikita Magaloff, Igor Oistrach, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Peter Lukas Graf.

She has been invited regularly to perform as a soloist with symphony orchestras in Germany, Switzerland and South America, including often under the baton of her father, Prof. Rolf Reuter.

Ms. Reuter worked for several years as assistant professor for viola and chamber music at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad. She performed with Camerata Lysy, the virtuosi ensemble of the Menuhin Academy. She has taught at the Mozarteum’s summer academy in Salzburg, the Bavarian Music Academy and Orchesterzentrum NRW in Dortmund (Germany). Recently she gave masterclasses at Conservatorium van Amsterdam joining Liviu Prunaru and Stanimir Todorov and at the Silpakorn Summer Music School, Thailand.

She has made several CD recordings as well as Radio productions both as violinist and violist (Dinemec, EMS, Naxos BR, SWR, audite etc). She created the “Reuter-Trio” with her sisters Anna and Agnes, and they perform in Germany and other European music centres such as Spain, Italy and Russia.

Since 2008 she is a member of the virtuoso string Ensemble “Tharice Virtuosi” in Switzerland together with her friends, all former students of Yehudi Menuhin and Alberto Lysy. She is also a founding member of string trio “Lirico” with who she performs throughout Germany and Europe.

From 2006-2013 she has played as Principal Viola at the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Deutsche Oper am Rhein) and is invited regularly as principal viola at the Grán Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig among others.

Since 2018 she is a member of the Staatskapelle Berlin.

She plays a viola by Wilhelm Brückner (Erfurt, 1976).