Biography

Sophia Schambeck holding a double recorder while sitting in a meadow

"Vitality, verve and precision”
The American Recorder

"The first finalist to play was Sophia Schambeck, who performed the
whole of her programme from memory. She played fluently and effortlessly.”
The Recorder Magazine, UK

Recorder player Sophia Schambeck loves the feeling and the connection with her audience which is created in a concert venue, when everyone is brought together with the same sounds. Specialized in both contemporary and early music she gave concerts in most countries of Europe, in Mexico, Israel and Russia and performed in halls, such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Rachmaninov Hall Moscow. Always curious for new ways to connect with her listeners Sophia created a new concert format, combining music pieces from the medieval times till today with electronics and improvisation.

 

As a soloist Sophia won the Kulturkreis Gasteig Musikpreis 2021, the International Recorder Competition in Tel Aviv 2019 and received first prize and public prize at the “Open Recorder Days Amsterdam”. She was finalist and prize winner of the international “MOECK/ SRP Recorder solo competition” in London. With the Ensemble Caladrius she won the “International Händel Competition Göttingen” and was part of the Eeemerging+ program for emerging european ensembles. In 2021 she was awarded with the "Leonhard und Ida Wolf-Gedächtnispreis" of the city of Munich and the scholarship of the German Music Competition.

 

Sophia explores the music from the medieval ages to today and composes, preferably for recorder and electronics. Currently she collaborates with composers to create a contemporary repertoire for the medieval double recorder. She loves to perform with modern and baroque orchestras and collaborated among others with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Live recordings were broadcasted by BR Klassik, France Musique, NDR Kultur and Dutch radio npo4.

 

At the age of fifteen Sophia got accepted at Markus Zahnhausen´s recorder class at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater München”. Supported by the “deutsche Stiftung Musikleben” she obtained her B.A. of Music with Erik Bosgraaf at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2017. Currently she furthers her studies in early and contemporary music with Maurice van Lieshout, Markus Bellheim and Saskia Fikentscher in Munich. Masterclasses with Dorothee Oberlinger, Maurice Steger, Walter van Hauwe and Paul Leenhouts among others support her studies.

 

As varied as in music are Sophia's interests in life. Fascinated by neurosciences Sophia studies medicine and is scholar of the “Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes”. As a fellow of “Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now” she plays concerts for people whose access to live music is restricted due to special needs or challenging circumstances.

 

November, 2021