Sophia Jani is a composer of contemporary classical music.

She is the current Composer in Residence of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for the 2023/24 and 2024/25 seasons.

Her sophomore album, Six Pieces for Solo Violin, is out now on Squama Recordings.


  • Six Pieces for Solo Violin [LP|CD|Digital]

    Out Now

    • 02:42Prelude
    • 05:57I. Scordatura
    • 08:05II. Arpeggio
    • 06:12Ill. Triads
    • 03:56IV. Capriccio
    • 06:33V. Grandezza
    • 07:52VI. Ricochet
  • Music as a mirror [LP|CD|Digital]

    Out Now

    • 05:50The dark and the light and everything in between
    • 12:47Woodwind Quintet No. 1 "Music as a mirror"
    • 08:41Everybody was so young I & II
    • 17:48String Quartet No. 1 "See, the grass is full of stars"
    • 03:57Andrà




"Some of it reminds me of minimal music, the repetitions, the different layers that build up little by little, but she doesn’t hide behind them, she uses these techniques to express her own ideas. I find it wonderful how carefully she goes about it. When she’s onto an idea, she doesn’t just grab it, but approaches it carefully and gives the idea time to blossom." – Tuula Simon, WDR 3, "3 von jetzt" ("3 of now")

Sophia Jani is a German composer of contemporary classical music who takes a poetically minimalist approach to composition and belongs to a new generation of artists who were influenced early on by the boundlessness of the 21st century. She is the current Composer-in-Residence of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for the 2023-2025 seasons.

Her music has recently been performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Munich Symphony, Bang on a Can, the Goldmund Quartet, vocal sextet Sjaella and pianist Eunbi Kim, among others. Performance venues include the Elbphilharmonie, Lincoln Center, Meyerson Symphony Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, MASS MoCa, as well as New York Public Radio’s The Greene Space. She has also contributed music to successful film, theatre, dance and album projects.

In 2023, Sophia Jani was the Musical Artist in Residence of the Arvo Pärt Centre, as well as the recipient of the APC Residency Fellowship. In 2022, she was selected as one of four fellows for the Edward T. Cone Composition Institute at Princeton University, where her composition "What Do Flowers Do at Night?" was performed by the New Jersey Symphony under conductor David Robertson. For her solo violin piece "Triads" Jani was awarded the prestigious Scholarship for Music by the City of Munich in 2021. Her debut album of chamber works, 2022’s Music as a mirror, received a nomination for the German Classical Music Prize "Opus Klassik."

In addition to her work as a composer, Jani is passionate about building a diverse and international community of artists that open-mindedly addresses the challenges notated music faces in the 21st century. To that end, she is one of the founders and artistic directors of "Feet Become Ears", which is a platform that commissions, presents, and celebrates contemporary chamber music.

Jani holds degrees from the University of Augsburg, the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich and the Yale University School of Music where she studied with Martin Bresnick and David Lang, made possible through the generous support of the Fulbright Foundation.


Sophia Jani is teaching composition in person as well as online. Contact via email for more information.