Sofokleous Nadia

Sofokleous Nadia

About this project

Nadia Sofokleus (Hamoudi) was born in Cluja Napoca, Romania and started to play the clarinet with 13. She lives in Germany, in the Black Forest District, where she is teaching and playing, and is head of the Woodwind department of the Musikakademie VS.  She is a Chedeville artist and plays on the Chedeville Umbra model ( ). She is also an RZ Clarinets artist and plays on the high-end model RZ Solo Magoo clarinet ( and also also a SCV Ligatures artist ( and plays on the Tonus Mundi model ligature.

 Her clarinet education starts in the High School of Arts in Oradea, then at the Music University “Ciprian Porumbescu” in Bucharest, and University of Music in Trossingen.

Nadia’s personality and unique interpretation style was shaped by famous Professors like: Antony Pay, Francois Benda, Chen Halevi and Charles Neidich.

She has received the scholarships “Emma Contestabile” and “Diploma di Merito” of the “Accademia Chigiana” Siena, a scholarship of the “Apáczai” Foundation, and special scholarship “Bursa de Merit” of the University of Bucharest.

She won competitions and prizes in many national competitions in Romania, some of the prizes being First Prize and Grand Prize at the national competition “Young Talents”, Romania and several other prizes at the Music Olympiad in Romania, Second Prize at the international competition “Jeunesses Musicales” (1996), Third Prize at the international competition “Saverio Mercadante”(2004). In 2020 she was awarded an advancement prize: “Kulturpreis Schwarzwald Baar” for her excellent pedagogical work.

Nadia is founder of the Woodwind Quintet of the Music Academy VS (2011) and the Klarisma Ensemble (2008). She played in festivals like Kreuzgangskonzerte Alpirsbach, “Lange Schwenninger Kulturnacht” “Fascination Clarinet” Berlin, Enescu Music Festival Bucharest, Chamber Music Festival Brasov, Romania, New Music Festival Bucharest, 11th ECA Clarinet Congress in Krakow, ClarinetFest in Denver 2023.

Nadia performed as a soloist with Air force Academy Band, Corda Cracovia Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Villingen Schwenningen, Chamber Orchestra of the Romanian Radio Bucharest, Oradea Philharmonic Orchestra, Romania, University Orchestras in Trossingen and Lugano.

Her orchestra experience begins in 1998 as a solo clarinetist in the Giurgiu Symphony Orchestra until 1999. Nadia was from 1999 to 2002 deputy solo clarinetist in the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra in Bucharest.

In 2005 she got internship at the “Junge Oper” of the State Opera Stuttgart.

She continued playing in the orchestra after 2005, in the Villingen-Schwenningen Symphony Orchestra as a solo clarinetist (and since 2020 second chairwoman).

Nadia has given masterclasses in University Bucharest and West University Timisoara, Romania (2023), Clarinet Days in Hungary, in Miskolc and Budapest (2023); in Krakow at the 11th ECA Clarinet Congress (2022), Oradea University (2018), Clarinet Festival Waldshut Tiengen (2019) and was was between 2021-2022 guest lecturer at the University of Music in Trossingen.

Since 2005 Nadia is clarinet, chamber music, and ensemble lecurer and since 2007 head of the woodwind department at the Music Academy Villingen-Schwenningen.

She initiated a series of concerts: since 2020 “Coffee Concerts” of the Symphony Orchestra Villingen Schwenningen. From 2016 to 2022 Series: ” Intercultural reading journey” with music for children of 5-10 years old.

Several cooperation projects with Christy Brown School VS (school for the physically disabled), such as “The Magic Flute”, “Peter and the Wolf”, and “Pictures at an Exhibition”.

Over fifteen years she mentored and managed a series of afternoon concerts at a retirement home Alpenland in Villingen-Schwenningen: “Music connects young and old”.

She lead a series of family concerts and school concerts with the woodwind quintet of the VS Music Academy (including Eine kleine Holzwurmgeschichte, Peter und der Wolf, Karneval der Tiere)

and music theater performances “Eins und ein und eins ist schööön” “In the kingdom of Uusikaupunki” Beginning with 2023 October, she will be mentoring the Baby-Concerts in Villingen Schwenningen.

In 2023 she was appointed as serving member of the DEIA Committee of the International Clarinet Association.

Since 2017 Nadia is a culture guide at “Kumfi” (The Culture Kangaroo), a culture mediation project of the Office for Culture VS in all elementary schools in VS.