Composer and cellist Sophie Mathieu is based in Austin, Texas and currently completing a masters in composition at UT Austin’s Butler School of Music. Sophie completed her undergraduate studies in composition at the University of Southern California. She currently studies with Omar Thomas, and her previous teachers include Ted Hearne, Andrew Norman, Donald Crockett, Yevgeniy Sharlat, and Russell Podgorsek.
Sophie writes music that explores concepts of vastness, timelessness, and ethereality. Her music has won her numerous awards, including her orchestral work, moons, which recently received an ASCAP Morton Gould award.
As a cellist, Sophie is passionate about bringing the works of living composers to the forefront. She frequently performs in works by her fellow composition students at UT and regularly appears with UT’s New Music Ensemble. She also loves exploring non-classical genres, such as pop, jazz, and film music, and has performed and recorded at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Capitol Records, the Nief-Norf Summer Festival, and the Clint Eastwood Scoring Stage. Additionally, Sophie loves early music and studied baroque cello and viola da gamba during her undergraduate studies, receiving the Colburn Scholarship in Early Music Performance for her work with USC’s Baroque Sinfonia.
In addition to composing and performing, Sophie teaches composition, cello, and chamber music, and works as the Grants Manager for Golden Hornet. Outside of music, Sophie enjoys cooking, playing Sid Meier's Civilization V, and watching psychological horror films in her free time.
Sophie pronounces her last name as "matt-YUH"
I am a composer, cellist, and multidisciplinary collaborator. My works are typically either acoustic, acoustic + fixed media, or works intended to be heard in a recorded medium only (a recent addition to my repertoire, due to the pandemic).
My works are almost always non-narrative, typically conveying a concept or emotion in a more abstract sense. Texture is extremely important in my work, and I love finding unique timbre combinations to create soundscapes that convey how the subject of a work feels to me.
A lot of my work is inspired by nature or otherworldly environments. If I were a visual artist, I’d probably be doing landscapes. The concept of vastness is a primary inspiration of mine, with the ocean and outer space being two of my favorite things to write about. I love that these environments are boundless and beautiful, but, at the same time, capable of being eerie and dangerous. This duality between ethereal and unsettling as it relates to these enormous, uninhabitable places is really what fascinates me the most, and naturally is also what I tend to represent in my works most often.