Principal Guest Director

Sophie Gent

Australian-born violinist Sophie Gent studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Ryo Terakado. She has since become one of Europe’s most highly regarded baroque violinists, and is extremely active as a soloist, orchestral leader, chamber musician and teacher. She is concertmaster with Ensemble Pygmalion (Raphaël Pichon) and the Ricercar Consort (Philippe Pierlot). She has also lead the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Collegium Vocale Gent, Barokkanerne (Oslo), Les Muffatti (Belgium), and Genesis Baroque (Australia). In chamber music formations she works regularly with Ensemble Masques, Ensemble Arcangelo (Jonathan Cohen), Il Convito (Maude Gratton), le Caravansérail (Bertrand Cuiller), and with Kris Bezuidenhuit and Jean Rondeau. She was teacher of baroque violin for several years at the Amsterdam Conservatorium, as well as at the CRR Boulogne- Billancourt, and currently teaches at The Early Music Academy in Vannes (vemi.fr) and Cluny Early Music Workshop (ensemblemasques.org). Sophie plays a violin by Jacob Stainer from 1676. She lives in the Charente, France. 

Sophie joined Genesis Baroque in 2019 to perform and record the entire Concerti Grossi, Opus 6 of Arcangelo Corelli alongside founding Music Director, Lucinda Moon (released in 2020 by ABC Classic). Sophie returned to work with the ensemble in 2023 to direct and solo in two programs, and has since joined Genesis Baroque as the ensemble’s Principal Guest Director.