Sophie Schafleitner was born in Salzburg in 1974. Following her training with Irmgard Gahl at the Salzburg Mozarteum, she completed her violin studies with Gerhard Schulz at the University of Music, Vienna.
Sophie Schafleitner joined Klangforum Wien in 1997. In addition to her work as ensemble musician and soloist, she is also active in various other chamber music formations such as the Schrammelquartett Attensam, or the music group Knoedel.
Composers such as Aureliano Cattaneo, Liza Lim, Hannes Kerschbaumer and Ying Wang have dedicated solo-pieces to her. Recent highlights include the Austrian première of Brice Pauset’s violin concerto as well as concert appearances with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Warsaw and Katowice where she performed the violin-concertos by Alban Berg and Aureliano Cattaneo.
In 2014, she started a close artistic collaboration with Christoph Marthaler and as a result has appeared as soloist in various music theatre productions.
Sophie Schafleitner is also active in the context of Klangforum Wien’s professorship, participating in the master programme for New Music PPCM at the University of Music in Graz.