After graduating from the Versailles Conservatory, Sophie Dervaux studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon and at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. She later joined the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy (Karajan Academy).
Dervaux has been the principal contrabassoon of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra since 2015. He was previously the principal bassoon of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
His album “Impressions” with works for bassoon and piano, which he released with Sélim Mazari on Berlin Classics label in 2021, was highly praised by the press and received the award of German record critics.
As an ambassador for her instrument, she commits to expand her bassoon repertoire by rediscovering works or commissioning new ones. She is “Püchner Artist” since 2014 and is passionate about making her instrument even better known.
In April 2022, Berlin Classics will release her next album featuring works by Hummel, Mozart and a world premiere recording of Vanhal’s Bassoon Concerto, recorded with the Salzburg Mozarteumorchester.
Sophie Dervaux has won prizes in numerous prestigious competitions, such as the ARD International Music Competition in Munich (2013) and the Beethoven Ring Bonn (2014). She has performed as a soloist with prestigious orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Lyon National Orchestra, among others.
In 2020 she recorded the Beethoven Trio for piano, bassoon and flute with Daniel Barenboim and Emmanuel Pahud for Warner Classics.
Dervaux teaches at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien and teaches master classes at renowned conservatories around the world.