Kristina Schoch

was born in Karlsruhe (Germany) in 1982. She started playing the piano at the age of 7 followed by accordion, violin and singing lessons. At the age of 9 she taught herself to play the recorder and only a little later she took her first recorder lessons. In 2003 she devoted herself to playing the traverso.

At the young age of 15 Kristina Schoch attended the pre-college recorder lessons by Prof. Karel van Steenhoven at the University of Music in Karlsruhe. This is also where she started her academic studies of music and the recorder. In 2006 at the age of 24, she graduated with a level-A diploma summa cum laude.

A double scholarship from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) allowed her to obtain the Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm where she attended courses given by Prof. Dan Laurin. As postgraduate student of Prof. Dorothee Oberlinger at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg she finished her studies in summer 2010.

Various master courses and musical inspirations by Paul Leenhouts, Matthias Maute, Peter Holtslag, Han Tol, Pete Rose, Michael Schneider, Gerd Lünenbürger, Clas Pehrsson and Carin van Heerden complement her studies.

Concerts and radio recordings have taken the recorder player to the Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.
In 2003 the young artist gave a concert at the „Amherst Early Music Festival“ (Vermont, USA) performing G.F. Händel’s opera “Almira” conducted by Andrew Lawrence-King.
On Christmas 2009 she had the honour to play for the Swedish Royal Family.
She also worked as accompanist on the piano for the recorder class at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

Regarding her work as a pianist, the Kristina Schoch was deeply inspired by Prof. Sontraud Speidel (University of Music in Karlsruhe), Prof. Dirk Mommertz (Fauré Quartett) and Prof. Rolf Lindblom (Royal College of Music in Stockholm).

Kristina Schoch’s distinguished career is marked by several successful participations in international competitions. She received multiple times awards of the German Youth Contest “Jugend musiziert” for playing recorder as well as piano. Furthermore, she won twice the prestigious Händel Youth Contest of her hometown Karlsruhe.
After moving to Konstanz in 2009, she was awarded with the newcomer prize of the city.

Throughout her entire studies, Kristina was always an enthusiastic teacher of the recorder and piano. Currently, she is teaching at the School of Music in Konstanz and the Music Academy in Villingen-Schwenningen. She also works as freelance writer for the German recorder magazine “Windkanal”.