As a musically gifted child, Angelika Bachmann was exempted from regular school education by the Hamburg Senate. Thus, from a very early age she was able to devote all her time to the violin. She performed as a soloist from the tender age of seven with orchestras such as the Hamburger Symphony Orchestra, made several television appearances and won numerous first prizes in the national competition “Jugend Musiziert.” Her teachers included Prof. Michael Goldstein, Prof. Evelyn Distler, Prof. Petru Monteanu and Roland Greutter. For many years Angelika was the recipient of a grant from the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation. Besides music, Angelika studied German literature and philosophy.
With publisher Breitkopf & Härtel, she produced her own arrangements under the title “Flexible Strings”. For over 25 years, together with Iris Siegried, she has led the children’s orchestra “Die Coolen Streicher” (The Cool Strings), which won the award for the most innovative music project in Germany from the then German Federal President Johannes Rau. For over 15 years, Angelika has been committed to the Escuela Popular de Artes in Achupallas, a disadvantaged area in the Chilean town Viña del Mar – a project of the Kindernothilfe. Angelika is also the artistic director of the music initiative “The Young ClassX,” which she developed in collaboration with Alexander Birken of the Otto Group, and which has since reached out to over 11,000 Hamburg children, enabling them to sing in choirs, play in orchestras or travel on the MusikMobil to listen in on symphony rehearsals, concerts or to visit instrument makers.
Since 2013, Angelika and Iris have been the artistic directors of the prestigious Hamburg Instrumental Competition which holds the annual children’s concert “Konzert der Kinder” in Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle. The competition was established in the 50’s and has grown to become an important cultural institution for developing youth talents. Following a series of concerts in Kenya in 2015, Angelika and Stephanie Schiller established the project “Skype Classes” for young violinists in the “Ghetto Classics” in Korogocho, a slum built atop a garbage dump in Dandora, Nairobi. Together with Stephanie Schiller, she has also been working on her doctorate in the field of sociology since 2014 on the topic of "Intervention in the Juvenile Prison System".
Aside from her music activities, Angelika Bachmann works as a systemic business coach, certified resilience trainer and as a rhetoric and stage fright coach, employing her own holistic coaching methodology. She is also a very passionate global traveller, having visited over 100 countries, and readily soaks in unusual encounters with people, among them youths in Palestine and Israel, perpetrators and victims of the genocide in Rwanda, or pupils in North Korea. Angelika Bachmann is an honorary guard of the canal locks in the Alster lake (Ehren-Alster-Schleusenwärterin) – an award bestowed on citizens of Hamburg, which she earned as an ambassador to the world for the city of Hamburg. In 2011, she received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz) from the Federal President in recognition of her voluntary work with children.