Sophie Arbuckle is a faculty member of the Juilliard School pre-college and has served as a visiting professor of viola at the University of Minho in Portugal until 2017. She has served on the jury panel of the Johannes Brahms Competition in Portschach, Austria since fall 2016.
Described as “possessing flamboyantly responsive, flexible and supple viola playing” (Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany), she has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Chamber music appearances include Music@Menlo (Calif.), Bargemusic (New York, NY), Festival des Arcs (France), and the Royal Flemish Philarmonie Chamber Music Series (Antwerp, Belgium) among others. Solo appearances include Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Belgorade Orchestra (France) and frequent appearances with the Sudbury Symphony (Canada). Recordings with “Le Chant de Linos”. An avid performer of contemporary music, Ms. Arbuckle has toured extensively premiering multimedia works including performances with dancer & choreographer Ann Carlson at Jacob’s Pillow and American Dance Festival at Duke University.
Ms. Arbuckle is a co-founder and artistic director of JVNY, inc., an ensemble of young professional musicians at the onset of their careers. The ensemble tours extensively on both sides of the Atlantic in prestigious venues and engages in regular outreach and community work.
Ms. Arbuckle holds an M.M. degree from the Juilliard School. She plays a Ferdinand Gagliano viola.