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Sophie Yates

Sophie Yates

Sophie Yates is an award winning harpsichordist who performs worldwide and has a particular affinity for English and French music.



Sophie Yates began her career by winning the international Erwin Bodky competition at the Boston Early Music festival. As a result, she was invited to tour and broadcast throughout the eastern states of America. She now performs regularly around Europe, the United States and Japan.

Sophie is probably best known for her affinity with English and French music. She has performed on most of the playable virginals surviving in Britain and is working on a long-term project to collect a book of contemporary English pieces for this instrument. In addition to her work as a soloist, she plays in a variety of duo ensembles that explore everything from Bach's violin sonatas to contemporary works for harpsichord and piano. She also collaborates with the actor, Timothy West, in a project centring on the notorious Giacomo Casanova.

Sophie has worked as a teacher and examiner at the Royal College of Music, the University of Western Australia, the Royal Welsh College, Imperial College and the Birmingham Conservatoire. She has fostered young talent at Kings School, Canterbury and Radley College, as well as giving masterclasses and coaching professional pianists in period performance practise.

Sophie Yates' many solo albums have received international acclaim, including a Deutscher Schallplatten Preis and nomination for a Gramophone award. Her latest release, of music by Armand-Louis Couperin, was described as ‘exuding invigorating virtuosity'.