Sophie Cherrier attended the Nancy Regional Conservatoire with Jacques Mule as her teacher and then in 1977 the Paris Conservatoire where she was taught by Alain Marion. In 1979 she was awarded the first prize for flute, and in 1980 the first prize for chamber music (teacher Christian Lardé). In 1981 she obtained fourth prize in the Jean Pierre Rampal international competition.
Upon obtaining her teaching certificate, she taught at the Paris Regional National Conservatory until 1998 when she was given the post of teacher at the Conservatoire National Supérieur of Music and Dance in Paris where she has taught since then. Her aptitude for teaching means that she has many requests to give Master classes, both for music festivals and music schools, including Nice, Centre Acanthes, Majorca, Manchester, Tokyo and New York.
Sophie Cherrier has been a soloist at the Ensemble Intercontemporain with Pierre Boulez since 1979. She also worked at the Cologne Orchestra (1979-1981) and is often called upon to stand in for the soloists at the Orchestra National de l’Opéra de Paris, the Paris Orchestra and the Bordeaux National Orchestra.
Sophie Cherrier also enjoys playing chamber music and has performed with, among others, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Halle Orchestra in Manchester, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Freiburg Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.