The German-Italian violinist Chiara Sannicandro was born into a family of musicians in Salzburg in 1997 and began learning the violin at the age of five. At the age of nine she was accepted as a young student at the Mozarteum Salzburg, where she studied with Klara Flieder until the end of her school years. Chiara Sannicandro’s great musical talent was already noticeable during her school years. She won numerous prizes at national youth competitions and performed at the famous Sala Verdi in Milan as the winner and audience prize-winner of the “Young Talents with Orchestra” Barlassina competition. She has also performed successfully as a soloist at the Salzburg Festspielhaus.
After graduating from high school, Chiara Sannicandro completed her Bachelor’s studies at the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington/Indiana USA with Mauricio Fuks and graduated with High Distinction. She is currently studying with Rainer Schmidt at the Musik-Akademie Basel.
Through her participation in numerous chamber music projects and master classes at the Kronberg Academy as well as with Mihaela Martin, Ani Kavafian, Tanja Becker-Bender, Augustin Hadelich and Leonid Kavakos, the young violinist received further important musical impulses for her career.
Chiara Sannicandro is a scholarship holder and winner of numerous international prizes. In 2020 she won the 2nd prize and the audience prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach as well as a prize at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition New York. In 2021 she was awarded a prize as laureate and winner of the audience prize at the renowned international Joseph Joachim Violin Competition 2021 in Hanover. At the Rahn Musikpreis 2022 she received the third prize in the violin category.
Chiara Sannicandro has already performed as a soloist in concerts in Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Romania and Portugal as well as in the USA and Canada. In 2022 she will appear for the first time at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and with the Kammerakademie Potsdam.
Chiara Sannicandro is as much an enthusiastic chamber musician as she is an orchestral musician and loves playing together with other art forms.
Her participation in the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, her work as concertmaster of the Indiana University Chamber Orchestra and her regular participation in the Camerata Salzburg underscore the young violinist’s diverse musical activities and passions.
The board of trustees of the Rahn Kulturfonds meets twice a year and will consider all fully completed applications received.
Next board meeting:
4 April 2023
Rahn Kulturfonds supports requests regarding a contribution to the performance fees if:
- it is a project with or by Rahn Kulturfonds prize winners.
- it is a project with Rahn Kulturfonds scholarship holders.
Rahn Kulturfonds supports its prize winners and scholarship holders during four years after receiving the award.
For the board meeting on 4 April 2023, please hand in your complete application no later than 13 March 2023 by email or by filling out the following form.
Chiara Sannicandro, violin
Germany / Italy
3rd prize violin, Rahn Musikpreis 2022