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Sonja Leipold - Harpsichord & Piano

Sonja Leipold (* 1983 in Villach, Austria) studied flute and piano at the Mozarteum, Salzburg (BA in 2005 and 2006) and harpsichord & basso continuo with A. Campagne at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (Masters degree with distinction in 2011).

Focusing on early and contemporary music, she regularly performs as a soloist, a continuo player and member of various ensembles for early and contemporary music at renowned concert festivals all over Europe and Asia.

She has received scholarships from her university, and from the Austrian ministry of culture (for her programme "Cembaloperspektiven"), was finalist in the international Osaka music competition 2009, prize-winner at the international harpsichord competition 2011/Bologna, the Fidelio-competition 2012/Vienna, international Annelie de Man competition 2012/the Netherlands. In 2013 she was awarded a one-year fellowship both for her current research in Austrian baroque music and for her contribution to contemporary harpsichord repertoire.

In 2015 her "duo ovocutters" has been selected for "New Austrian Sound of Music 2016/17". Furthermore, Sonja Leipold has had engagements at opera houses such as "Landestheater Klagenfurt"(as an assistant conductor), and "Theater an der Wien" (assistant director of studies, with N. Harnoncourt), and works as accompanist and chamber music teacher at ITAM Linz (with Emma Kirkby), ABA Gmunden, OFF Kremsmuenster and ISA Vienna. Since 2012, she is staff member of ISCM Austria, since 2015 she works as an assistant lecturer at University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

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