Sophie Van Dijk is an emerging composer and violinist passionate about creating music that is engaging and unique. She writes music to explore elements of faith, society and humanity and share these things with others with the ultimate goal of bringing joy and fostering dialogue and community.
Sophie is currently studying in her honours year of a Bachelor of Music (Composition) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has had chamber, choral and solo works performed throughout the ACT and NSW. Her works have been commissioned for diverse ensembles and contexts including: the Brett Whiteley Gallery (Sydney), Light Qualities (part of Vivid Sydney 2019), Radford College (Canberra), Canberra Grammar School and Trinity Grammar School (Sydney).
Sophie was selected to participate in the inaugural Coro Innominata Women Composers Development Program in 2017. She also participated in the Composers Stream of Gondwana National Choral School in January 2019.
She has also collaborated with visual artists on a number of projects including short documentary Merge (visuals by Michelle Chanique and Karen Lee) in conjunction with Fairfield City Council, and the opening of Nowhere=Space Exhibition in Sydney.
Sophie enjoys sharing music with everyone of all ages and abilities, and has been privileged to talk about her work and compositional process with high school and primary school students in Canberra throughout 2018.
In 2019, Sophie is a Trinity Grammar School Composer Fellow, working closely with students and teachers to develop new works, and is co-curator of Light Qualities, a mini-festival of new music as part of Vivid Sydney 2019 presented by Konzertprojekt.