Sophie Gent (born in Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian violinist and concertmaster in the field of historical performance practice.
After studying the classical violin in her hometown, with Paul Wright at the University of Western Australia, she deepened her skills between 1999 and 2005 on the baroque violin with Ryo Terakado in The Hague.
She won in 2002 with her ensemble “Quartet Opera Quarta”, which also Tuomo Suni belongs, the first prizes at the “International Van Wassenaer Competition” and the “International Premio Bonporti Concours” in Roveto. Sophie Gent is active as a soloist and chamber musician. With renowned ensembles, such as the “Ricercar Consort”, where she is the first solo violinist, “Il Gardellino”, “L’Armonia Sonora”, “Capriccio Stravagante”, “L’Armonia Sonora”, the orchestra of Collegium Vocale Gent, the La Petite Band, the “Bach Concentus” or “Les Muffatti” occurs regularly or she appeared as a concertmaster and recorded many recordings.
Gent is a member of the string quartet ‘Mito Dell’arco’ in Japan, with among others Ryo Terakado and the cellist Hidemi Suzuki and she is concertmaster of the Canadian-based “Ensemble Masques” under Olivier Fortin.
In addition to these activities, she founded her own ensemble “The Queens Consort” in 2010.
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