Field of Art: Singer-Songwriter/Composer
Introduced by: Grethe Bonde Griffin
Award Presented by: Grethe Bonde Griffin
Composer and Singer-Songwriter Sophie Coran creates an ethereal and poignant landscape in a haunting sonic world. When fitting lyrics with music, Sophie compares the process to that of solving a Sudoku puzzle, in which the engaging activity makes the solution all the more satisfying. Inspirations range from Ives, Stravinsky, and Takemitsu, to Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Fiona Apple, and Agnes Obel. Sophie also finds inspiration through Bikram Yoga, Zumba, the Latin-inspired dance fitness program, and the literature of Roald Dahl.
Sophie’s music has been performed in Copenhagen at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, St. Peter’s Church and Literaturehaus and at music festivals including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and The Walden School in Dublin, NH. She has had works performed at the Composers’ Voice Series at the Jan Hus Church in New York City, and at Andrea Clearfield’s Salon Performance Series in Philadelphia. As a singer-songwriter, Sophie has performed at various venues including The Knitting Factory, Arlene’s Grocery, Caffé Vivaldi, Alphabet Lounge, Kenny’s Castaways, and Luca Lounge in New York City, and St. Stefan’s Church in Copenhagen. This past March, Sophie performed during the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX.
In November, Chris James, at the Manhattan School of Music, premiered Sophie’s solo flute piece, Rest Eternal. Last year Ms. Coran had several new works premiered, including Lyst, for treble voices, percussion and electronics with text adapted from “Someone to Watch Over Me” by Ira Gershwin. Additionally, Sophie arranged her pop song, House of Fun, for voice and orchestra. It was premiered at the Composers’ Thesis Concert at the Manhattan School of Music last spring.
Sophie spent her junior year abroad in Copenhagen, where she studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, composing, learning about Danish culture, and recording songs with Engineer Marc Casanovas. While there, Ms. Coran’s work was performed at the Pulsar Festival for contemporary music, with conductor Jean Thorel.
Ms. Coran graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition (May ’12). She has studied with Nils Vigeland and Richard Danielpour. Previous mentors include Hans Abrahamsen, Bent Sørensen, and Juliana Hodkinson at the Royal Danish Academy of Music; Jonathan Coopersmith at the Curtis Institute of Music; Martin Amlin and Brett Abigaña at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute; Caroline Mallonée at The Walden School.
Being a Cultural Grant recipient in 2012 has been an honor and great motivation for me to pursue my musical dreams.
Sophie has accepted into the NYU Summer Songwriters Workshop at the Steinhardt School of Music at NYU. This program, an intensive seminar dedicated to the art of songwriting, takes place next week for about 8 days, and consists of master classes, one-on-one sessions with prominent members of the industry, detailed presentations on a wide variety of skills and tools (demo recording techniques, etc) in the field, and more. The faculty members include Maia Sharp, Phil Galdston, and Barry Eastmond. All 3 of these artists are award-winning songwriters and producers. Additionally, she has been writing new material and plans to eventually write and record an album.