Bulgarian violinist Sophia Prodanova is a recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with David Takeno and Pavlo Beznosiuk. Since her previous studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School, her close work with David Dolan (pioneer in the revival of the art of classical improvisation) has lead her to become part of a research project including professors from the GSMD and scientists from Imperial College, London and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. Sophia is a 3rd prizewinner of the renowned Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany. She regularly performs with period ensembles such as Arcangelo, Ensemble Pygmalion (where she has appeared as guest leader), Dunedin Consort, Benedetti Baroque Orchestra, Spira Mirabilis, Mozartists, Helsinki Baroque, Irish Broque Orchestra among others. During her studies, Sophia has received guidance on chamber music from Krysia Osostowicz, Richard Lester, Caroline Palmer, David Waterman and has taken part in masterclasses with Robert Levin, Catherine Manson, Amy Norrington and on baroque violin with Sophie Gent, Bojan Cicic, Kati Debretzeni and Amandine Beyer.
Sophia plays a violin by E. Pamphilon from c.1670, generously loaned to her by Jonathan Sparrey.