Sophie Stahl discovered her love of music at an early stage. After several years of recorder and piano lessons, she finally began to learn oboe at the age of 12. Only a few years later in 2005, she passed the entrance examination at Department Wuppertal of the Academy of Music and Dance Cologne as a “Jungstudent”, and from that moment on was taught by Rodrigo Blumenstock and later in 2007 by Prof. Marc Schaeferdiek. By the time she graduated with the “Abitur” she had already received an intensive and comprehensive musical education. In 2009 her career had her move to the Netherlands where she continued to receive oboe lessons from Prof. Marc Schaeferdiek at the Conversatorium Maastricht. In 2012 she moved back to Germany in order to receive lessons from Prof. Washington Barella at the UdK Berlin where she completed her Bachelor's degree in the summer of 2014 and two years later her Master's degree, both to great success.
While studying at the UdK Berlin she held a scholarship of the “ad infinitum foundation”.
She further expanded her musical horizon by receiving lessons and master classes from Peter Veale, Bert Lucarelli, Vicente Llimera, Prof. Christian Wetzel, Prof. Ingo Goritzki, Yeon-Hee Kwak, and Prof. Christoph Huntgeburth.
She partook in various projects which have brought her to Brussels, London, Sweden, among others, and enabled her to gain numerous musical experiences as a soloist, in orchestras and ensembles. To name a few, she performed at the “Internationale Sommerakademien” in Pommersfelden (Collegium musicum) and in Hundisburg; she played as an assistance oboist on numerous occasions at e.g. the Theater Vorpommern, Theater Magdeburg and the Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, and collaboated with orchestras like for example the Bochumer Symphoniker orchestra.
Sophie’s particular passion are chamber ensembles and small chamber orchestras, since the intimate setting and musical opportunity really attract her. Therefore, she has been and is still frequently seen in this area, for instance, during her time as a scholarship holder of the foundation “jong voor oud” as well as during her time in Berlin as a scholarship holder of the association “YEHUDI MENUHIN Live Music Now, Berlin e.V.”, when she participated in various ensembles (woodwind quintet; trio with oboe, cornet and piano; guitar and oboe). What inspired her the most is the intimate contact with the audience. So far, her professional activities have led her on numerous trips in Germany and abroad, for example to Brussels and London, where she gave a concert as part of a Persian-European project called “Pardis”.
Currently, she is a freelance musician mainly active in Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and regularly plays as an assistance oboist in different orchestras such as the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic and the Theater Vorpommern.