Sophie Gent was born in Perth, Western Australia. After completing a Bachelors degree in modern violin studies there, she subsequently enrolled at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague with Ryo Terakado, and completed her Masters degree with the highest distinction in 2005. While a student she was a founding member of ensemble Opera Quarta, which won first prizes in two chamber music competitions, the International Van Wassenaer Competition (The Netherlands) and the International Premio Bonporti Concours (Italy). Their first recording, a disc of trio sonatas by J.M Leclair (ORF SACD 491), was awarded a Diapason d’Or in July 2007.
Since completing her studies Sophie has become increasingly sought after as a soloist and chamber musician; performing, touring and recording with numerous leading early music ensembles. She is the first violin for the Ricercar Consort and in the past months has performed in many of the major early music series and festivals in Europe and abroad, such as the Boston Early Music Festival, Montreal Baroque, The Festival Itinéraire Baroque, The Edinburgh Festival... and appeared as a guest leader such with Ensemble Masques, Les Muffatti, Capriccio Stravagante, Il Complesso Barocco, The Bach Concentus and the Collegium Vocale Orchestra. And as a chamber musician she is a fixed member of ensemble Il Gardellino and the period instrument string quartet 'Mito Dell'Arco' based in Japan.