NEXT Musician 2018-19

Renate Sokolovska is a London-based flautist with a wealth of diverse experience, ranging from Royal Festival Hall and Purcell Room solo recitals, to working with London Sinfonietta under George Benjamin, The London Philharmonic Orchestra under Marin Alsop and performing at Buckingham Palace under John Wilson alongside Maxim Vengerov for the Prince of Wales. 

Born in Siberia, Renate grew up in Latvia before moving to the UK to study at Purcell School. She was subsequently awarded a scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with William Bennett, Kate Hill, Karen Jones and baroque flute with Lisa Beznosiuk.

Having completed her Masters from The Royal College of Music with distinction, working first hand with composers Harrison Birtwistle and Kenneth Hesketh, Renate is looking forward to a continued focus on new music. As well as taking part in the BCMG NEXT Programme this year, Renate is a member of the resident ensemble at Brian Ferneyhough’s Royamount festival, and will perform new commissions from emerging composers George Stevenson, Sarah Lianne Lewis and Jack Sheen among others.

Why are you looking forward to taking part in NEXT?

I am so excited by the prospect of learning first hand from BCMG players both through coaching and side-by-side opportunities, particularly in terms of the performance practice knowledge that score-analysis just can’t provide on its own.

As well as taking my playing and repertoire knowledge to the next level, I’m delighted to see so much focus in the programme on giving us the skills to build our own new music organisations, with the potential to bring this music to new audiences and spaces around the UK.