FF2 Associate Sophia Jin Wins Prestigious Nancy Nuttall Prize

Congratulations to our very own Associate (and my sister), Sophia Jin, on the recent success of her Baroque Trio in the world of Classical music! They were awarded the Nancy Nuttall Prize in Early Music, which is an immensely exciting step for the young musicians as this recognition is evidence of their dedication and talent in music.

Sophia is finishing up her master’s in opera singing as a soprano at London’s Royal Academy of Music. This past week her Baroque Trio performed arias from G.P.Teleman’s “Du bist verflucht” and “Laute Wonne, Laute Freude” in competition for the award. The trio also includes Violet Zhou on the harpsichord and Anna Williams on the recorder. Gregory Balsteer–the director of the prestigious London Handel Festival–acted as the adjudicator for this competition.

“The music is so packed with intricacies, that it’s easy to get stuck in the score. We made sure to communicate a lot and played to each other as well. We aimed to have conversations with each other through the music.” – Sophia Jin

The award was previously known as the Royal Academy of Music’s annual early music prize. It was renamed, a decade or so ago, after Nancy Nuttall–a musician and alumna of the Royal Academy of Music. To take part in this competition, musicians must be in groups of 3 to 10, and perform music composed before 1828 on appropriate instruments. This award has helped many budding classical musicians gain recognition in the early stages of their careers as they kick start their journeys post graduation.

The trio were competing against many experienced historical performance musicians at the Royal Academy, so they focused mainly on enjoying playing the pieces to the audience. Their performance was clearly beautifully executed as during the adjudication Balsteer said there was “one clear winner.”  The trio thoroughly enjoyed their collaboration with each other and are grateful to everyone in the audience. They hope to use the prize money towards more performances and recordings together.

A huge congratulations from the team at FF2 Media to Sophia and her fellow trio members, Violet and Anna!! We are so very proud and happy for them on their big win, and wish them more successes in the future!

© Katusha Jin (3/1/24) – Special for FF2 Media


Learn more about the Royal Academy of Music in London (UK).

Read Sophia’s post on Ethel Smyth: Trailblazing Composer & Committed Feminist.

Read Sophia’s post on Sarah Cahill’s ‘The Future is Female‘ Trilogy.

Read Sophia’s Letter from London: Celebrating the Life of Virginia Woolf.


Photographs provided by Sophia and used with her permission. All Rights Reserved.

Tags: Anna Williams, Baroque Trio, Ethel Smyth, Nancy Nuttall Prize, Royal Academy of Music, Sarah Cahill, Sophia Jin, Violet Zhou, Virginia Woolf, Women Musicians

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Katusha Jin joined FF2 Media’s team in 2017 whilst she was still a film student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2019 she was the recipient of SCMP’s journalism scholarship and studied under the mentorship of an Oscar award-winning documentary director in Hong Kong. She went on to receive her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong where she graduated with distinction. Katusha has previously worked in the advertising industry, and when she is not writing for FF2 Media, she can be found working on films as a director, producer, and writer. As a trilingual filmmaker, her experiences have cultivated an interest in the intersection between cultural diversity and creativity, and she brings that to her work both as a creative and as a critic. She is also a voice-over hobbyist, a fitness enthusiast, a student of comedy, and is always on the lookout for musical and theatrical collaborations.
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