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.
Renate plays regularly as a soloist and chamber musician, including recent engagements at The Cadogan Hall, Albert Hall and St. James's Piccadilly. As co-founder of the St. James Quintet (prizes including Royal Overseas League, MMSF, Leverhulme Fellows, Park Lane Group and Concordia) Renate performed for The Queen, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Charles Mackerras and Sir Harrison Birtwistle. Most recently she co-founded the Flute and Harp ensemble Solovey Duo, with performance highlights including 'Proms on the Roof’ and several collaborations with The Royal Academy of Arts.
As well as performances with London Sinfonietta and The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Renate has played under Bernard Haitink, with The Chamber Orchestra of Europe and The Britten-Pears Orchestra.
She has also worked with The London Contemporary Orchestra, Bath Philharmonia Orchestra and Mahler International Orchestra among others. She has taken part in side-by-side schemes with The London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment Experience Scheme.
Having completed a Masters in Performance at The Royal College of Music, graduating with distinction, Renate now joins the Nevis Ensemble for their tour of Scotland, followed by a residency at Brian Ferneyhough’s ‘Voix Nouvelles’ Festival and performances with The London Electronic Orchestra.
Renate is generously supported by Lark Insurance Company, Help Musicians UK, The Kathleen Trust, The Tillett Trust, The Drake Calleja Trust, Talent Unlimited and The Clemence Charitable Trust.