Russian National Orchestra

Irina Sopova

Assistant Principal

Irina Sopova Irina Sopova was born in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia and began playing the violin at the age of four. Her formal music education was at the Novosibirsk Special Musical School, followed by the Moscow State Conservatory, where she continues to study under Professor R.G.Balashov.

Irina has one several many international competitions, including First Prize in the Gnesin International Competition of Chamber Ensembles, Winner of the “New Names” Open Competition (string quartets) held in Khanty-Mansiysk, and first and special prize for solo viola in "The Hope" International Music Competition, Krasnoyarsk. In 2010 she received Second Prize and the Oleg Kagan Special Prize in the Sixth International Yury Bashmet Viola Competition.

Irina has performed with numerous leading orchestras, including the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Soloists, Galina Vishnevskaya’s Opera Center Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra Musica Viva, Moscow State Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, the Far East Symphony Orchestra, and the Novosibirsk State Symphony Orchestra.

In 2007, Irina became principal violist of the Moskovia Chamber Orchestra, and in 2011 was appointed Assistant Principal Viola of Russian National Orchestra.

Irina plays a viola made by Jon van Kouwenhoven (Chamber Music Connects the World), provided to her by the Yury Bashmet Viola Foundation in Kronberg, Germany.