Sophie Pacini

Munich, Germany



Behind the Music

 The chapter that most made an impression on me was Chapter 10. My musical journey begins as a dream of Long's vision of the future, experiencing the fears, the rushing waves of despair, the grueling self-talk about an impossible escape and, ultimately, the pleading prayer to be freed from his tortured body and his confused mind for a coming, better acceptance of his soul in the hereafter.

Sophie Pacini
About Sophie Pacini

Pianist Sophie Pacini, German of Italian background, emerged in the 2010’s. A native of Munich, Germany, Pacini was born on December 12, 1991. She showed major talent, making her concert debut in 2000 at the age of eight. At ten, she entered the Salzburg Mozarteum in Austria, studying with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and winning admission after two years to the school's new institute for highly gifted students. Pacini won the Jugend Musiziert (Young People Making Music) prize in 2002 and 2005, gaining media attention as a near prodigy. She appeared in 2007 on the Klassik-Kids program on the ZDF television network in Germany.

Pacini won several more prizes and scholarships late in the 2000’s decade, but her next real breakthrough came in 2010, when she met top German pianist Martha Argerich, who became the young pianist's mentor. Pacini graduated with honors from the Mozarteum in 2011, but continued to study in master classes from the likes of Dmitri Bashkirov and Fou Ts’ong. The following year, she made debuts at several European festivals and appeared on the ZDF show Stars von Morgen (Stars of Tomorrow). Her concert season profile grew from Salzburg appearances with the Mozarteum Orchester and Camerata Salzburg to wider-ranging appearances with the Dresden Philharmonic and the Tokyo Philharmonic at Suntory Hall.

In 2012, Pacini made her recording debut on the Onyx label, the result of a Rothschild Foundation prize she won. An ECHO Klassik newcomer prize in 2015 and subsequent signing by the major Warner Classics label seemed to confirm Pacini's star trajectory. 

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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