Dr. Sophie Webber
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“Sophie Webber is an extraordinary musician and a first rate cellist. Her spirit is always warm and engaging and her playing is consistently compelling.”
~Dale Warland (conductor of the Dale Warland Singers)
“Passionate, yet thoughtful playing… sublime to hear.”
“It has always given me pleasure when I have heard Sophie play. She makes her cello speak, sing and articulate clearly in a seemingly effortless way. Added to this she has the ability to communicate the essence of the music, be it old, more recent or very new. I shall watch her career with interest and with great expectations.”
~John Poole (former director of the B.B.C Singers and guest conductor of the B.B.C Symphony Orchestra)
“The European, Rudi Tas from Belgium, contributed a “Miserere”, in which ecclesiastic singing compelling countered Sophie Webber’s aching, pungent solo cello.”
~Peter Jacobi (Music Review: University Singers, Dale Warland: Visiting a legacy from the Herald Times, Bloomington, Indiana)
Dr. Sophie Webber performs regularly in solo and chamber music settings in the USA, and in her native UK. A traditional and contemporary music enthusiast, Sophie is drawn to new ways of presenting music, whether it be classical, folk or electronic in nature. In 2009, she founded Fused Muse Ensemble, an Illinois nonprofit organization with a mission to increase awareness of local and global concerns through new artistic works that seamlessly integrate music with other media. The organization is currently focusing on the issue of homelessness and is developing a sister chapter in San Diego.
Former graduate student of Janos Starker and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Sophie has taught cello for Lake Forest College, the Music Institute of Chicago, Southeast Missouri State University, Jacobs School of Music Summer Clinic, Oxford Cello School and Trinity College of Music Junior Department. She completed her undergraduate studies with Richard Markson at Trinity College of Music, where she was awarded the Sir John Barbirolli memorial prize for cello, and has since been the recipient of many awards and prizes for her playing.
In addition to being a performer and 15 years of teaching experience, Sophie is a keen music theorist, and held a position as Music Theory Instructor at Indiana University for four years. She has also taught university level courses in Early Music History and World Music at Lake Forest College.
She recently relocated to San Diego, where she teaches privately and is working towards a 2017 European tour and recording of the complete Bach Suites for Solo Cello, as well as an album of her own compositions for voice, cello, and electronics. Information about upcoming performances and Fused Muse Ensemble can be found at www.sophiewebber.com and www.fusedmuseensemble.com.