Sophie Vilker graduated from the Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow. Her principal teachers were Yuri Yurovetsky and Gregory Gamburg. In 1972, she emigrated to Israel where she was a member of the Israeli Chamber Orchestra and collaborated with such artists as Shlomo Mintz, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and Isaac Stern. Shortly after coming to the United Sates (1974), she was a soloist with the Boston Pops under direction of Arthur Fiedler. Since that time she has performed recitals, conducted master classes and workshops in North and South America.
Sophie spent ten magic summers on the faculty at Greenwood Music Camp, Cummington, Massachusetts, as a chamber music teacher and, the last three years, as conductor of the chamber orchestra. She is currently on the summer faculty of the International Music Camp, Liminka, Finland and Venezuela. She served for seven years on the Chamber Music Faculty of Harvard University, and for eight years as String Department Chair of Longy School of Music. She is presently on the faculty of Longy School of Music, Atlantic Union College and the Preparatory School of New England Conservatory.
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