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Josefine Schaefer

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Josefine Schäfer was born in 1997 in Hamburg/Germany into a family of musicians and started playing the violin at a very young age before she decided to switch to the Viola. Her teachers included Naomi Seiler, Bettina Rühl (Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg) and Esther Przybilski (SWR). Although she has always been very passionate about making music, she initially took up studies in medicine, German literature and musicology after finishing school because of her broad interests in various fields.

After eventually deciding to pursue music professionally, Josefine Schäfer is a student with Prof. Lena Eckels at Musikhochschule Lübeck since 2019. From September 2021 on she is studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Prof. Martin Outram as part of the Erasmus programme.

She has also been fortunate enough to take part in many prestigious masterclasses, for example with Prof. Hartmut Rohde, Prof. Pauline Sachse, Prof. Garth Knox and Prof. Heidi Castleman and also has been greatly influenced by lessons with Prof. Barbara Westphal.

She has started making chamber music from a very young age on and has participated in numerous chamber music courses in Germany and England, for example „Nordland“-Kammermusikkurs by Landesmusikrat Schleswig-Holstein, Chamber Music Course for young instrumentalists Weikersheim by Jeunesses Musicales and „Music Works“ in Sussex with members of the London Haydn Quartet.

She is currently getting chamber music lessons at Musikhochschule Lübeck with various ensembles as part of her Bachelor curriculum, being taught by professors like Heime Müller and Ulf Tischbirek.

Josefine Schäfer has also gained orchestral experience by playing in orchestras like the NDR-Jugendsinfonieorchester, and as principal viola in the Hochschulorchester der Musikhochschule Lübeck, Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra and Collegium Musicum Heidelberg. She had the opportunity of playing in renowned concert halls like Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus Freiburg and Stadthalle Heidelberg under the baton of conductors like Krzysztof Urbanski, Sir Mark Elder and Garret Keast.

Josefine Schäfer is also a 1st place winner of the 2020 Kings Peak International Competition.


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