Sophie Barrett Roper was born in Gloucestershire, UK and began playing the double bass at the age of eleven. After playing with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, studying at the Junior department of the Royal Academy of Music, achieving her DipABRSM and winning the Canterbury Arts Council’s Young Persons Award whilst at school, she continued taking private lessons with Chris West and freelancing in London during her undergraduate degree in Russian and Spanish at UCL. She then went on to complete an MMus degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance as a Leverhulme Scholar, where she won the Vernon Elliot Double Bass Competition and a place at the London Sinfonietta Academy.
Since graduating from Trinity, Sophie has led a successful freelance career with various ensembles, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Brandenburg Sinfonia and English Symphony Orchestra amongst others. She has also had the opportunity to perform chamber music with the Two Moores Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Furthermore, she has extensive experience of teaching and outreach work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s RPO Resound, the London Symphony Orchestra’s LSO Discovery and several local music services. She has also undertaken a series of lessons with Tony Alcock and Tyler Shepherd.
Sophie moved to California in 2016, where she continues to work as a freelance double bassist, as well as teach the violin, cello and double bass privately.