Sophie Steiner (Austria)
Sophie Steiner started her musical education at the age of 4 and won her first orchestra audition at 14. Now she can already look back on a variety of productions with orchestras such as the “Hamburg Symphonics“, the “Lübecker Kammerphilharmonie“, or the “Hessischer Rundfunk Orchestra“.
Besides her interests in solo, orchestral, and chamber music, she also promotes the development of new concert concepts and performances and was therefore awarded the Masefield Prize 2015. Since then she has been constantly working on new performance designs and productions and initiated several projects in Europe and Asia.
She performed, amongst others, for the Austrian Embassies in Spain, Japan, and Norway and founded the project BreakingBorders, which aims to overcome cultural, social, and personal borders through music.
Among others, she was the Artistic Director for the project “SoundColours” in cooperation with the Kammerphilharmonie Lübeck – creating an artistic space where music becomes visual art and cultures merge into one.
Sophie Steiner was a student of Xavier de Maistre, Mari Kimura, Isabelle Perrin, and Christine Leibbrand-Kügerl.
In 2022 she was a laureate at the Maria Ladenburger Competition.
Sophie founded the Shirabe festival to enhance intercultural understanding, respect, and exchange worldwide through art and continues her work as an artistic director and harpist on the international stage.