Sonja Lena Schmid
Sonja Lena was born 1981 in Tübingen and studied cello and chamber music in Hamburg, Amsterdam, the Hague and Lübeck and has won many awards and grants, such as Die Zeit (German newspaper) grant from the German foundation Musikleben, the Dutch state-sponsored Huygens grant, first prize in the Charles Hennen Concours International Chamber Music Competition (now named Orlando Competition) and a special prize in the international competition “Schubert and the Music of Modern Times.” She is active in various chamber music projects and is a guest at many international festivals such as Warsaw Autumn, the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the International Music Sessions Prussia Cove (England) or the Cervantino Festival (Mexico).
With the Decoder Ensemble for modern music, to which she belongs since 2012, she organizes the short festival „BIG DATA WEEKEND“. The ensemble creates its own concert series called „Unterdeck“ in the Kaistudio of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. Sonja is passionate about the connection between music and theatre: she has performed in numerous productions at the Thalia Theater (Hamburg), the Deutsche Schauspielhaus, and at the Biennale in Munich She has collaborated on productions for the Thalia Theater, the Deutsche Schauspielhaus and on independent productions such as with the children’s music theater „Teufels Kueche“, which gave guest performances at the Hamburger Staatsoper and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, landing a nomination for the „Junge Ohren“ prize.
Alongside Anne Von Twardowski and in collaboration with the Berlin DJs Gebrüder Teichmann, Sonja initiated the project “Rauschen” in 2014, which combines classical chamber music with live electronic sounds. Also together with Anne von Twardowski, Sonja gives performance training workshops as guest lecturer at the Hochschule der populären Künste (College of Popular Arts) in Berlin. In 2015 she was named honorary guard of the canal locks in the Alster lake - an award for sons and daughters of Hamburg who have earned the privilege to serve as ambassadors for their city throughout the world. Together with Salut Salon, she received the ECHO Klassik in the category „Classic Without Borders“ for their album „Carnival Fantasy“.