Young award-winning violist Anastasia Sofina received her Artist Diploma and Master of Performance degree with Distinction at the Royal College of Music (London), where she was studying with Jonathan Barritt, as RCM Scholar supported by Neville Wathen Award, Leverhulme Scholar supported by Stanley Picker Award and a Soiree d’Or Scholar supported by Lucy Ann Jones Award. She also has a Specialist degree from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Anastasia was a grant holder of the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation for two years (2009-2011) and received the Annual Award of the Moscow Government for the most talented students of educational institutions under the jurisdiction of the Moscow City’s Department of Culture for 5 years consecutively (2009-2013).
She has participated in masterclasses with such musicians as P. Zukerman, J.Bashmet, M. Rysanov, N. Imai, M. Kugel, I.-J. van der Werff, L. A. Tomter, G. Causse, H. Rohde, S. Rowland-Jones, M. Outram, S. Kamasa, G. Causse, O. Stanchev, J. Stumm, J. Dinerstein, S. Zhen and some more.
Anastasia is the winner of the following international contests: 1st International Competition “Musical Art” (Russia, 2014, 1st prize), 5th International Music Festival and Competition (Greece, 2012, 1st prize), 16th International Competition of Youth Musicians “Petar Konjovic”(Serbia, 2011, 1st Prize), The 1st International Festival and Contest “The Night in Madrid” (Spain, 2011, 1st Prize), 14th Bohdan Warchal’s International Competition in Playing the Bow String Instruments “Talents for Europe” (Slovakia, 2010, the Competition’s Main Prize, 1st Prize in viola category, Prize for the best performance of the 20th century work and Musica Arvenzis Prize), 4th International Strings Competition in Nis City (Serbia, 2009, the Special Award [the equivalent of the Grand Prix] in the category of universities undergraduates and no age limit contestants), 2nd M. Elsky String Bowed Instruments International Competition in Minsk (Belorussia, 2007, 1st Prize in the middle age group) and a laureate of many other.
Anastasia is a regular performer at various concerts and festivals. She has performed in the Netherlands, Greece, Serbia, Spain, Germany, Slovakia, Austria, Byelorussia, Poland, Belgium, France, Italy, Norway and Russia and in such venues as Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, V&A Museum in London.
She has played with such orchestras as Chamber Orchestra “The Seasons”, Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina State Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Youth Chamber Music Festival Orchestra and Camerata Viesgo of the Encounter with such conductors as Peter Csaba, Wouter Lenaerts, Vladislav Bulakhov.
Anastasia is a keen chamber musician. She has performed with such musicians as Frans Helmerson, Radovan Vlatkovich, Sasha Rozhdestvensky, Alexander Rudin, Gerard Causse, Allegri String Quartet, Alexandros Halapsis and Alexey Seleznev. She is a member of the prize-winning Rolton Trio and Rocamora String Quartet.
Composer Shandor Kallosh wrote two works for Anastasia. She played other his works on broadcasted programs of the State Russian Radio and at the TV-station Culture. Anastasia recently recorded “Palette. 20th Century” CD with the Pavlik Records (Slovakia, 2012). She appeared on BBC Radio 3 program In Tune in 2017 and on TV Brava in 2018