Vienna-based saxophonist Sophie Hassfurther has made a name for herself as a versatile instrumentalist, performer and composer. Highlights along her journey in music include concerts and collaborations with Peter Herbert, Marianne Mendt, mathias rüegg, Gerry Hemingway, Wolter Wierbos, Sean Bergin and Simon Nabatov. Sophie performs as part of the stage orchestra in the prestigious Jedermann play at the Salzburg Festival since 2013 and is a member of the Markus Geiselhart Orchestra.

As a composer, she received a grant from the federal chancellery of Austria, enabling her to realize compositions for her own projects, namely a trio suite premiered at the Outreach Festival in Schwaz/Tirol in 2012 and a quartet piece, as well as a composition for large ensemble which Sophie is preparing to premiere in early 2019.

Sophie’s critically acclaimed debut album Orient Express features her long term collaborators clarinetist Oğuz Büyükberber and bassist Hannes Enzlberger, as well as veteran drummer Wolfgang Reisinger. She has written music for theater projects in various line-ups, and is frequently asked to contribute compositions to the repertoire of bands she performs in.