Biography

The Pianist Katharina Sellheim shows a remarkable musical versatility. She gets engaged as soloist, chamber musician and often accompanies lied singers. She gives recitals in the important musical centres of Europe, such as Vienna, Berlin and Paris and concerts worldwide - amongst others in the cities of Wuhan and Hefei in China. She is a regularly guest at international festivals like the "Beethoven-Fest" in Bonn, the “Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival”, the “Braunschweig Classix Festival”, the “Heidelberger Frühling”, the “Tiroler Festspiele”, and the Gustav Mahler Music Weeks in Toblach.

She taught master classes in China, Estland and others, and in 2006 she accepted the "Barenboim-Said Foundation's" invitation to give a series of guest lectures in Ramallah, Jerusalem and other cities in Palestine and Israel.

Katharina Sellheim is partner of winners of international competitions, renowned artists, members of the Berlin and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras and singers of the Hamburg State Opera. She was engaged by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau to accompany his master classes of Mörike- and Goethe lieder by Hugo Wolf in Sankt Paul.

Together with her brother Konstantin Sellheim, outstanding violist, she regularly plays concerts as the "Duo Sellheim". Their CD “Fantasy” with works of Schumann, Hindemith and Clarke produced by Musicaphon is now available on the market.

Her performances were broadcasted live by the German TV and radio station NDR and also recorded by SWR, WDR and HR.

Furthermore, in the project “Rhapsody in school” the pianist goes into schools to impart music to children and young adolescents.

During her university studies, Katharina Sellheim was rewarded several prizes and awards. She was scholarship holder of the "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes" and repeated scholarship holder of the "Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienstes" as well as first laureate of the "Gedok music competition". Additionally, she is scholarship holder of the "FJS- Gesellschaft" as chamber musician and accompanyist of lieder. To round off her range of scholarships, she was awarded a scholarship by the "Richard-Wagner-Verband" in 2005.

Katharina Sellheim received her musical education with Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Prof. Markus Becker and Germaine Mounier in Hannover and Paris. Important stimuli were given by Eckart Sellheim and Paul Badura-Skoda as well as Norman Shetler and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.