Sophia Lim Arriaga is completing a Doctorate of Music degree at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music and holds a Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University, where she received full scholarship and was awarded the Jean Keller Heard Prize for excellence in string performance.
She has been teaching violin since she was ten years old and holds certification in the Suzuki violin method. She has taught at the Pittsburgh Hill House, the San Diego Hua Xia Chinese School, and the W.O. Smith Music School as community service and worked with autistic children at the Susan Gray School. She has served as concertmaster of several orchestras, including the Vanderbilt University Orchestra with which she toured China in 2007. She has been a winner in several competitions including Voce State (California), MTAC San Diego, RB Chorale Scholarship, Duquesne Young Artist, and appeared on television, radio, and magazine. She has appeared soloist several times with orchestra, playing the Bruch and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos.
In addition, she founded a student organization in the Poway School District called Students Saving Music, which raised more than $15,000 in its activity in the past, and also matched with even more donations, in efforts to maintain a 5th grade music program. She was given the Violet Richardson Soroptimist Award for her community services in San Diego. She has spent several summers at the Aspen Music Festival working with world-renowned artists.