Biography

Sophia Jaf­fé has been known for many years to the clas­si­cal music world as a bril­liant vio­lin­ist and a sin­cere, skill­ful musi­cian, delight­ing audi­ences and press at home and abroad with her musi­cal­i­ty.

Born into a musi­cal fam­i­ly, Sophia gave her first pub­lic per­for­mance aged sev­en in the Berlin Philharmonie’s cham­ber music hall. She began her musi­cal edu­ca­tion with her par­ents, mov­ing on to Her­man Kreb­bers in Ams­ter­dam and Stephan Picard at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin. Now she com­ple­ments her con­cert career with her own teach­ing activ­i­ties, hav­ing held a pro­fes­sor­ship at Frank­furt Uni­ver­si­ty of Music and Per­form­ing Arts since 2011.

The path of such excep­tion­al­ly tal­ent­ed young musi­cians is often dis­tin­guished with prizes, and that of Sophia Jaf­fé is no excep­tion. She has numer­ous prizes in inter­na­tion­al com­pe­ti­tions to her name, such as the Leopold Mozart Com­pe­ti­tion in Augs­burg in 2003, the Con­cours de Genève in 2004, first prize in the Deutscher Musik­wet­tbe­werb, and third prize in the Con­cours Reine Elis­a­beth in Brus­sels in 2005.

Since then she has per­formed as a soloist with such renowned orches­tras as the Rund­funk-Sin­fonieorch­ester Berlin, the Deutsches Sym­phonie-Orch­ester, the Konz­erthau­sor­ch­ester in Berlin, the cham­ber orches­tras of Stuttgart, Munich and Heil­bronn, the Mozar­teum Orches­tra in Salzburg, the Bruck­n­er Orch­ester Linz, the Hal­lé Orches­tra in Man­ches­ter, Sin­fonieorch­ester Basel, the Orchestre de la Suis­se Roman­de, the Czech Phil­har­mon­ic and Radio Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra in Prague, and the Nation­al Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra in Brus­sels, to name but a few.

This has led to work with con­duc­tors like Marek Janowski, Wal­ter Weller, Zdenek Macal, Sir Mark Elder, Den­nis Rus­sell Davies, Gabriel Feltz, Michael Sander­ling, Lothar Zagrosek and Gilbert Var­ga, in such halls as the Berlin Phil­har­monie, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, the Herku­lessaal & Prinzre­gen­tenthe­ater in Munich, the Cologne Phil­har­monie, the Stuttgart Lieder­halle, London’s Cado­gan Hall, Manchester’s Bridge­wa­ter Hall, the Vien­na Konz­erthaus, and the Grosse Fest­spiel­haus in Salzburg, amongst oth­ers. Sophia Jaf­fé is a guest at numer­ous inter­na­tion­al fes­ti­vals, from Lud­wigs­burg, Rhein­gau, Mer­a­no, Con­cen­tus Moravie in the Czech Repub­lic, the Pas­sauer Musik­wochen, and the Leipzig Bach­fest, to Moritzburg, Delft, Reims and many more.

Numer­ous live record­ings and radio pro­duc­tions doc­u­ment her play­ing. Her début CD with long­stand­ing cham­ber music part­ner Björn Lehmann — works by Suk, Bach, Ysaye and Beethoven — was released in 2009 on the Gen­uin label to great crit­i­cal acclaim. In spring 2014 a record­ing of John Casken’s con­tem­po­rary vio­lin con­cer­to, with Manchester’s Hal­lé Orches­tra under the direc­tion of Markus Stenz, formed part of a CD por­trait of the com­poser.

Sophia Jaffé’s wide-rang­ing reper­toire with orches­tra so far com­pris­es 70 works span­ning the sev­en­teen­th cen­tu­ry to the mod­ern day. She gave the world pre­miere of the vio­lin con­cer­to “Words of the Cross” (2010) by Slavom­ir Horinka, and per­formed the late Roman­tic vio­lin con­cer­to (1909) by Erich Jaques Wolff — redis­cov­er­ing a com­poser ostracised dur­ing the Third Reich — with the Neue Phil­har­monie West­falen under Heiko Math­i­as Förster. As a rar­i­ty alongside stan­dard con­cert lit­er­a­ture, she plays con­cer­tos by Mozart’s con­tem­po­raries Mysleve­cek and Roset­ti.

In the cur­rent sea­son 2016/17, Sophia will return to the argovia phil­har­mon­ic, to the Dres­den and Stuttgarter Phil­har­mon­ic Orches­tra, to the Brno Phil­har­mon­ic and she will per­form the con­cert of Peter­is Vasks “Dis­tant Light” with the Geor­gian Cham­ber Orches­tra Ingol­stadt. Fur­ther, there will be recitals with pianist Björn Lehmann and cham­ber music with the Horen­stein Ensem­ble at Konz­erthaus Berlin.
A new CD with Brahms Sonatas and Romances by Clara Schu­mann will be released in June 2017.

 

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