Sophie Harmsen is one of the most internationally successful mezzo-sopranos. She has been invited by renowned orchestras such as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Harding; musicAeterna, with conductor Teodor Currentzis; the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, conducted by Ivan Fischer; the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Adam Fischer; the Elbe Philharmonic Orchestra of the North German Radio (NDR), conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock; the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, conducted by Manfred Honeck; and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Jérémie Rhorer.
In recent years, she has continued to expand her repertoire, which includes Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder conducted by Kent Nagano, Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) conducted by Markus Stenz and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis conducted by René Jacobs.
Her most outstanding engagements this season are the concerts with Philippe Herreweghe (Dvorák's Requiem and Mozart's Mass in C), with David Afkham and the National Orchestra of Spain (Bach's Mass in B) and with Salvador Mas and the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona and Nacional de Catalunya (Beethoven's Missa Solemnis).
Sophie Harmsen studied at the University of Cape Town and was a student of Dr Edith Wiens.