Sonja - profile

Sonja Starke

2nd violin

When and where was your first concert with the MCO? The Magic Flute with Abbado in 2005 in Modena.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? You’re always surrounded by musicians.

What is the best thing about being a musician? See my response to question 2.

If you could play another instrument, what would it be? Piano: I would love to be a Lieder accompanist.

What’s the last book you read? Walter Moers: Die 13 1/2 Leben des Käpt’n Blaubär (The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear).


Sonja Starke was born in Hanover in 1978. She received her musical training at the Hanns Eisler Conservatory and the University of the Arts in Berlin, where she studied with Christoph Poppen and Antje Weithaas.

She received a DAAD scholarship that enabled her to spend a year of her studies in London, where she focused intensively on historical performance practices.

During her training, Sonja won numerous prizes at national and international competitions such as the German Music Competition and the Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig.

She has performed as a soloist with the Kammerorchester Wernigerode, the Neubrandenburgische Philharmonie, the Orchester des Staatstheaters Mainz and the Kammerorchester Pforzheim, among others, and has served as concertmaster of the latter two ensembles.

Sonja has also dedicated herself seriously to chamber music. She has played many concerts as a member of the trio Gran-Reserva and the Eisler quartet, and has been a permanent member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra since 2011.