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was born in 1968 near Bonn, Germany. He studied cello at the Cologne Conservatory with Professor Alwin Bauer and was profoundly influenced by Maurice Gendron und Siegfried Palm. Early on already, he was successful in competitions, winning the federal “Jugend musiziert” prize (“Young people make music”). After winning the Cologne Conservatory Prize in 1989, he went on to clinch the highest award at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1990. As a stipendiary of the “Study Foundation of the German People”, this young artist also picked up the coveted prize of the State of North-Rhine-Westfalia in 1993.
Ever since, Guido Schiefen has become a recognised international soloist and chamber musician, who has captivated audiences in the cities of Europe, North and South America, Japan and the Middle East, including Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Paris, Brussels, Santiago de Chile, London and Tokyo. He is a regular guest at major music festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Japan. As a soloist, he has been invited to big-name orchestras like the WDR orchestra of Cologne, the Festival Strings of Lucerne, the Bamberger Symphony Orchestra, The Berlin Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London.
Guido Schiefen has also appeared in national and international settings with chamber music partners, including Ingolf Turban, Alfredo Perl, Olaf Dreßler, Günter Ludwig, Ralph Manno, Dieter Klöcker, Anette Maiburg, Henri Sigfridsson, the “ensemble incanto.” His performances on stage and in the media have also been received with enthusiasm.
Ever since his successful debut with Bach’s solo suites at the Ansbach Bach Week, Guido Schiefen has earned himself a brilliant reputation as an interpreter of these works. His extensive discography encompasses the principal works of cello literature and chamber music, including the six suites of J.S. Bach, the cello concertos of Antonin Dvorak and Jacques Offenbach, the solo sonata of Zoltán Kodály, the solo suites of Max Reger, the compositions for cello of Franz Liszt and the complete cello sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven. The recordings of the Beethoven works were acclaimed by the international trade press (“The strad”, Stereoplay, Klassik heute) and FONOFORUM even gave them the much-coveted star. His broad repertoire also includes works by contemporary composers that were in some cases dedicated to him.
Since 2000, Guido Schiefen has been the artistic director of the “Rhein-Sieg Chamber Music Festival". Thanks to his ambitious program, he succeeded rapidly in gaining acceptance and praise for this cultural event from the public and the press in the greater Cologne-Bonn area.
One of Guido Schiefen’s pet projects is training and fostering of young talent. As a teacher, who is in great demand the world round, he has committed a great deal of time to teach master classes in, amongst others, Hungary, Germany and the USA. Since the fall of 2008, he has been teaching at the music conservatory in Lucerne, Switzerland.
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