Harp is Music
Music is Life
Music says more than a thousand words. Listen and let yourself be carried away into the magical world of sound waves.
Sophie Steiner was born in Vienna on 4th November 1995 and started her musical education at
the age of 4 years. One year later she began playing the harp in the class of Christine Leibbrand
Kügerl and was awarded with first prizes in national and international competitions soon after.
Furthermore, she won her first audition for entering an orchestra at the age of 14 and can now look
back on a variety of productions with orchestras such as the “Hamburg Symphonics“, the
“Festspiel orchestra of Tirol/ Erl“, the “Lübecker Kammerphilharmonie“, the “Academic Orchestra
Vienna“, the “Hamburger Camerata“, the “Hessischer Rundfunk Orchestra“, or the “Academic
In 2011/12 she was accepted at the conservatory in Madrid, where she attended classes with Beatriz Millán Poncela. In addition she participated in several masterclasses with musical authorities such as Catherine Michel (France), Isabelle Perrin (France), Isabelle Moretti (France), Margit Anna Süß-Schellenberger (Germany), Aneleen Laenarts (Belgium), Sylvain Blassel (France), Judy Loman (Canada), Nancy Allen (USA) or Ernestine Stoop (Netherlands), to broaden her musical knowledge.
Other summits of her career are solo recitals (prize winner ś concerts with radio transmissions,
charity concerts etc.) solo concerts with several orchestras, as well as engagements at musical
institutions such as the „Musical Theatre for Contemporary Art and Music Kampnagel" or the „Joop
van den Ende Academy, Stage Entertainment“ or collaboration projects with the Austrian
Embassies in Spain and Japan.
She is member of the the ensemble "Trobar e Cantar" which specializes in old music and whose CD “DE:FINE AMOUR" was nominated for the International Classical Music Award (ICMA) 2019. Besides her interests in solo, orchestral and chamber music, she also promotes the development of new concert concepts and was therefore awarded with the Masefield scholarship 2015. In the summer season 2017 she could be heard at the “Bregenzer Festspiele“ with the contemporary ensemble of OPUS XXI.
Since 2016 she works together with various composers to gain new repertoire for the harp.
Among others, “Lamento d’ Orfeo” by the composer and professor Fredrik Schwenk and “Intermezzo” by Niklas Anczykowski were written in dedication to her. Right now she is working together with the Japanese composer and professor Kobayashi Akira for a harp concert with orchestra.
Right now she is working together with the Japanese composer and professor Kobayashi Akira for a harp concert with orchestra. Sophie Steiner was a student at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg“ in the class of Xavier de Maistre and went to Japan afterwards to study with Kimura Mari to gain new inspiration and ideas for her music and further concerts. Based on the inspiration and experiences in Japan she founded the project BreakingBorders, that aims to overcome cultural, social and personal borders with music.
Since the summer term of 2017 she has been a scholarship holder of the “Cusanus Werk Germany“. Since 2019 she is a student at the Norwegian Academy of Music in the class of Isabelle Perrin to finalize her musical studies.