Germany, Lübeck Schleswig-Holstein Viola
Josefine Schäfer was born in 1997 in Hamburg/Germany into a family of musicians and started playing the violin at a very young age. Later she decided to switch to the Viola as she was starting a string quartet with family members and friends. 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.
It didn’t take long for her though to realise how much making music actually meant to her and she quickly came to the realisation that music is what she wants to pursue and do in her life.
Josefine Schäfer is currently studying in her 4th Bachelor semester at Musikhochschule Lübeck in the class of Prof. Lena Eckels.
She has also been fortunate enough to take part in many prestigious masterclasses, for example with Prof. Hartmut Rohde, Prof. Pauline Sachse and Prof. Heidi Castleman and also got two months of teaching with Prof. Barbara Westphal.
She has started making chamber music from a very young age on and has participated in many 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 NDRJugendsinfonieorchester, Hochschulorchester der Musikhochschule Lübeck, Freiburger Studierendenorchester and Collegium Musicum Heidelberg, where she was principal violist. 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, Garret Keast and Stefan Geiger.
Josefine Schäfer is also a 1st place winner of the 2020 Kings Peak International Competition.
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