Born into a family of musicians, Berlin native Sophia Jaffé received her first violin instruction from Nora and Abraham Jaffé. She subsequently studied under Herman Krebbers in Amsterdam and at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin with Prof. Stephan Picard, where she obtained a Music Performance degree with distinction in 2006. Soon thereafter she joined the faculty as assistant professor of violin.
Sophia Jaffé gave her first public performance as a seven-year-old and has been a prize winner at the 2003 Leopold Mozart Violin Competition as well as the 2004 Geneva Music Competition. Ever since winning the German Music Competition and being awarded Third Prize at the Concours Reine Elisabeth Bruxelles in 2005, Sophia Jaffé has appeared with numerous orchestras in Europe, including the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Chamber Orchestra Stuttgart and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Prague. She works with such conductors as Dennis Russell Davies, Marek Janowski, Christoph Poppen, Vladimir Valek, Gilbert Varga and Lothar Zagrosek. Devoting herself to a career as both a soloist and chamber music partner, she has been a guest artist at festivals such as the Leipzig Bach Festival, the Rheingau Musikfestival and the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele. Sophia Jaffé gave her debut at London's Cadogan Hall, in Jerusalem, at the Rudolfinum in Prague and in Shenzhen, China during the 2008/2009 concert season. Among other appearances, she will be performing with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie Recklinghausen, at Vienna' s Konzerthaus and at the Hanover Opera. Her performances have been broadcast by such stations as Deutschlandradio, SWR 3, Czech Radio and Prague Television.
Photography: Andreas Malkmus
Works for Violin and Piano
by Bach, Beethoven, Ysaÿe & Suk
Sophia Jaffé, Violin - Björn Lehmann, Piano