THERE is joy in music for Sophia Craig.

“I love music. I love performing. And I love playing and seeing other people enjoy it as much as I do,” the 17-year-old said.

“Music gives me so much joy, whether I am playing, learning, or performing.

“It also gives me a lot of opportunity to meet with many other like-minded people, who play or just love music.”

Sophia recently competed in the Mildura Eisteddfod and despite it being a different experience to other Eisteddfods she has participated in − all entries were submitted online − she still had great success.

In piano, Sophia received four first places, two second places and an honorable mention across numerous categories.

She was also the recipient of the June Missen Sonata Award.

In the Strings class, Sophia earned herself a first, second and honorable mention across three divisions. She also scored herself first place in the Woodwind category for her age group.

Sophia plays flute, guitar, piano and violin.

She started playing guitar first, as a nine year old, before adding piano to the mix at 11, followed by violin at 12 and flute within the last year.

“I used to watch my mother play the piano and my grandpa play the violin, and at times they would play duets,” Sophia recalled.

“I taught myself to play chords on the guitar to accompany my singing.

“More recently I started playing the flute, as I wanted to learn a woodwind instrument.

“She said she was “absolutely thrilled” with her results from the Eisteddfod, and they meant so much to her after all the practice and preparation that goes into each performance.

“Many hours and months of training and preparation goes into planning for an event like the Mildura Eisteddfod,” Sophia said.

“Especially when I have entered myself into so many sections.”

It’s not the first time Sophia has experienced success at the event.

In 2019 she won the Sunraysia Resort Piano Forte Scholarship, which allowed her to receive private lessons by music conservatorium teachers in Melbourne.

“I was also invited to perform in the 2019 Gala showcase as well, which was very exciting and an amazing opportunity,” she added.

Sophia, who is an all-round creative type and also enjoys Irish dancing, sewing and teaching music, has ambitions to be a professional musician and music teacher.

She said her inspiration comes from different composers, including Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, as well as Australian composers Collin Brumby and as Ross Edwards.

– By ZOEY ANDREWS