Danae Papamatthäou – Matschke, Violine

Danae Papamattheou-Matschke belongs to a new generation of much promising Greek violinists.

At the age of 11, she makes her debut in music festivals in Greece and soon afterwards she performs in recitals in German cities, with enthusiastic press reviews.

Since then, she has performed in Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, China and Cyprus. As a soloist, she has played with numerous symphonic orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Athens and of Thessaloniki, the Thuringen Philarmonic, the Westsachsisches Symphonic Orchestra, the Vogtland Philarmonic, the Erzgebirgische Philarmonic, the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra of Leipzig, the Kamerata Orchestra of the Friends of Music and others.

In 2008, the Society of the Greek Critics for Theatre and Music awards her a distinction for the appearance with the National Orchestra of Athens and the Orchestra of the Friends of Music "Kamerata".

As a soloist as well as a member of a chamber music ensemble, she has played in international music festivals and in renown musical centers, such as the Elbphilharmonie of Hamburg, the Gewandhaus of Leipzig, The National Centre of Performing Arts of Beijing, the "Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern", the International Mendelssohn Festival Hamburg, the Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Hall, in Nicosia with the Pharos Arts Foundation, in "Ermoupolia" festival of Syros, in the international festival of Aegina, in the festival of Symi, in the "Samos young artists festival", in the festival of Megaron Gyzi in Santorini, in the Sani festival of Chalkidiki and others.

Numerous prizes and distinctions have been awarded to the young violinist in national and international violin competitions. Among these there are the first prizes for the violin competitions of "Andrea Postacchini" (Italy), of "Jugend musiziert" (Germany), of "Henri Marteau" (Germany) and "Ersi Saratsi" (Greece).

For her particular dedication to the study of contemporary music, she was awarded in 2010 the special prize for the interpretation of a modern piece in the international violin competition "Szymon Goldberg Award".

In the same year, she interprets, in a first world premiere, the piece for violin and piano by Dimitris Terzakis "Spruche im Wind" (2009), dedicated to her by the composer.

Born in Athens in 1988, she has her first violin lessons in Greece. At the age of 13 she enters, as a pupil of exceptional talent, the Special Music School Belvedere in Weimar/Germany, enrolled in the class of Professor Jost Witter. She follows this with studies under Professor Igor Ozim at the University Mozarteum of Salzburg/Austria, where in 2011 she obtains the Degree of "Bachelor of Arts" and in 2013 the Degree of "Master of Arts", with distinction.

In 2017 she finishes her postgraduate "Konzertexamen" - studies at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre in the class of Prof. Tanja Becker-Bender with distinction, following a scholarship from the "Alexandros S.Onassis Foundation".

A particular artistic stimulus for the young violinist is her taking part in the Masterclass of eminent teachers and artists, such as Igor Ozim, Ana Chumachenko, Zakhar Bron, Donald Weilerstein, Vanya Milanova, Boris Garlitsky, Tanja Becker-Bender, Christiane Hutcap and the Szymanowski Quartet.

For her excellence in performing, Danae Papamattheou-Matschke has repeatedly been awarded scholarships by the Association of Friends of Music of Athens and Thessaloniki, the "Alexandros S. Onassis Foundation", the German Organization Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben by the "Propontis" Foundation, the "Hermann and Milena Ebel Foundation" and finally with a honourable scholarship for her artistic work from the "Berenberg Bank Stiftung von 1990".

In 2014 she was selected to be one of the promoted artists of "Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now"- Foundation and was awarded a "Hermann and Milena Ebel" scholarship for her artistic achievements.

Her first CD 'Violin Recital' was released by Irida Classical in 2012 and was followed by a second one under the same label, in 2014, with sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven, Debussy and Ravel.