Sophia Jani's music lives from influences of various artists of all times and nations: from Bach and Schubert to the European and American avant-garde of the 20th and 21st century, to avant-pop artists like Björk and Ryuichi Sakamoto, or electronic music producers such as Tim Hecker, Laurel Halo or Skee Mask. In this way, she creates music that spans a dramaturgical arc while suspending any sense of time - calm, powerful, elegant, dance-like. Thus she finds a poetic minimalism that takes its listeners by the hand and imaginatively and cleverly opens a new horizon.
After an early, classical education on the piano and violin, Sophia Jani (b. 1989) spent a year at the Conservatoire Jacques Thibaud Bordeaux after high school. Following subsequent studies in economics, she decided to devote herself exclusively to the creative exploration of music and completed her composition studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich in 2018. Sophia is currently continuing her studies with David Lang and Martin Bresnick at the Yale School of Music, which is made possible through the generous support by the Fulbright Foundation.
Her music has been performed by the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Bang on a Can Festival Fellows, the Omer Quartet, the Sirius Quartet, the Kontai Quartet, and the Dandelion Quintet, among others. She has also written commissioned works for pianist Eunbi Kim, guitarist Jiji Kim, as well as violinist Teresa Allgaier, and contributed music to successful theater and dance projects. Together with pianist/composer Carlos Cipa, in 2019 she produced the electronic score for Alireza Golafshan's feature debut The Goldfish, for which the director was awarded the Bavarian Film Prize's Young Talent Award. Also in 2019, she was a composition fellow at the Bang on Can Festival where she studied with renowned composers David Lang, Michael Gordon, and Julia Wolfe and contributed a commissioned work under the baton of conductor Brad Lubman.
In 2021 she was awarded the Scholarship for Music by the City of Munich.