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Second Prize

Sofiia Matviienko, Flute


Sofia Matvienko was born in the small town of Pereshchepino in central Ukraine.

She began to study recorder at the age of 5 due to speech problems and found

that this is what she likes and what she wants to do. From the age of 9, Sofia

switched to the classical flute and moved to Poltava to study at a music school,

where she graduated with honors from the Poltava Academy of Arts. However,

she received most of her knowledge and skills through the Internet, master

classes on Youtube and filmed lessons from famous musicians.


Sofia has won many competitions and participated in international festivals in

Argentina, Germany, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chech Republic and other

countries. In 2016, she played her first solo concert in Italy and recorded it on CD.

The young flutist is happy to take part in charity events, among them the annual

concert of St. Nicolas for children in Poltava, Ukraine. In 2017, Sofia auditioned for

and received a full scholarship to study at the Purcells School of Young Musicians

in the UK, where she graduated with honors. In addition to music, she studied

dance, played the piano, sang and painted. In 2020 she started her Bachelor in

Music study at the Royal Academy of Music under the class of legendary flutist

William Bennett thanks to a generous ABRSM scholarship. Over the years Sofia

was supported by Rotary Club Dusseldorf-Schlostrum, Yamaha Scholarship


Since 2021, LefreQue has chosen Sofia as its young artist who inspires others to

achieve their goals with her achievements. In the same year, Sofia successfully

performed in several chamber music concerts with young Ukrainian musicians

within the framework of the Two Generations Together project organized by the

House of Meister Klas and the VERE MUSIC FUND charitable foundation.

In her every performance talented flutist perform works of Ukrainian composers

of the past and modern to showcase the culture of Ukraine abroad.

In 2021, I was honored to be a member of the jury for Concours International Leopold Bellan,

the largest active music competition in France.

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