BIOGRAPHIESophie Lukacs was born in Budapest, Hungary and raised in Canada. She grew up surrounded by classical music, studying the violin from a very young age into her University years. A trip to Burkina Faso in her early twenties radically altered the course of her life. Here, she discovered Mandingue music and the magical instrument, kora. She began taking kora lessons in New York City and soon after, traveled to Paris for a master class with Grammy-winning kora legend Toumani Diabaté. Upon being invited to Bamako to study with Diabate, Sophie packed her bags and never looked back.
After more than 5 years fully immersed in the various musical styles and cultural, artistic, and linguistic traditions of Mali and West Africa, Sophie is one of the few women in the world recognized as a kora player. She has shared the stage with some of the best-known Malian musicians, most recently Vieux Farka Touré and Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté.
Sophie’s mastery of the traditional Mandingue repertoire is an impressive feat, but even more enticing is her original work. She uses the kora, and occasionally her violin, to create new melodies, moving effortlessly between English, French, and Bambara. Sophie’s music blends her deep roots in the classical tradition with her unique influences from Hungary, and of course, West Africa. She is currently working on her LP in Bamako (forthcoming 2020).
COMPÉTENCESClassical violin; kora; vocals
LANGUES PARLÉESHungarian; English; French; Bambara