Sophia Jaffé

Artist photo of Sophia Jaffé - Violin

Sophia Jaffé performed for the first time at the age of seven in the chamber music hall of the Berlin Philharmonic. Born into a family of musicians in Berlin, her parents were her first teachers, after which she studied with Herman Krebbers in Amsterdam and Stephan Picard at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin. Today she is a professor at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts.

Sophia Jaffé has won numerous prizes at prestigious international competitions such as the German Music Competition and the Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels. Her solo career includes concerts with orchestras such as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the chamber orchestras of Stuttgart, Munich, and Heilbronn, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Sinfonieorchester Basel, and the Czech Philharmonic Prague.

She collaborates with conductors such as Marek Janowski, Mark Elder, Dennis Russell Davies, Michael Sanderling, Krzysztof Urbański, and Thomas Guggeis. Her wide-ranging repertoire ranges from the standard literature to world premieres such as the violin concerto Words of the Cross (2010) by Slavomír Hořínka and a CD recording of John Casken’s Violin Concerto (1995) with Markus Stenz and the Hallé Orchestra Manchester.

Also interested in rarely-heard repertoire, she has performed the late Romantic Violin Concerto (1909) by Erich Jacques Wolff, a composer ostracized during the time of the Third Reich, and recorded a violin concerto by Emil von Reznicek with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marcus Bosch in cooperation with Deutschlandradio Kultur. In addition, she performs concertos by Mozart‘s contemporaries such as Josef Mysliveček and Antonio Rosetti.

An equally passionate chamber musician, Sophia Jaffé frequently designs interesting concert programs featuring various ensembles and has been performing in a duo with pianist Björn Lehmann in concerts and at festivals such as the Rheingau Musikfestival and the Bachfest Leipzig for over twenty years.

Photography: Andreas Malkmus

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CDs released by GENUIN

with Sophia Jaffé

CD album cover 'Companions of Art' (GEN 23839) with Sophia Jaffé, Björn Lehmann

Companions of Art

Werke von Clara Schumann und Johannes Brahms

Sophia Jaffé Violin
Björn Lehmann Piano

GEN 23839  –  7.7.2023

CD album cover 'Werke für Violine und Klavier ' (GEN 89161) with Sophia Jaffé, Björn Lehmann

Werke für Violine und Klavier

von Bach, Beethoven, Ysaÿe und Suk

Sophia Jaffé Violin
Björn Lehmann Piano

GEN 89161  –  20.11.2009