Sophia Kim Cook, collaborative pianist
Born in Montréal, Québec, Sophia Kim Cook pursued piano studies first at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal, and finishing at McGill University, Schulich School of Music, receiving both her Bachelor with Honors and Masters of Music there. Ms. Kim Cook excelled in competition including, as a soloist, winning the McGill Symphony Orchestra Competition in Québec and as an accompanist, the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition in Manitoba, and the National Music Festival in Nova Scotia.
Sophia has since relocated to the United States with her husband, Seth Cook, acting Principal tubist with the Washington National Opera, and Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Described as a ‘a steadying presence at the piano’ (Washington Post) and a 'virtuosic piano backbone’ (DC Arts Beats), Ms. Kim Cook is a sought out pianist, having played for a myriad of soloists and ensembles, including the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and for members of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington National Opera. She is also a collaborative pianist for many workshops and conferences, including the International Trumpet Guild Conference and the American Trombone Workshop.
In 2013, Ms. Kim Cook was invited to record a CD, Stage Left with Timothy Higgins, principal trombonist of the San Francisco Symphony, which met critical acclaim. “To talk about the trombone or the pianist individually doesn't do this recording justice. Their collaboration transcends to another level of beauty and artistry. Absolutely Breathtaking.”