Chiara Sannicandro


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 junior student at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, where she studied with Klara Flieder until the end of her school years.

Chiara Sannicandro’s immense 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 also performed successfully as a soloist at the Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg.

After graduating from high school, Chiara Sannicandro went to the USA, where she completed her Bachelor’s degree at the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington/Indiana with Mauricio Fuks with High Distinction. She is currently studying with Rainer Schmidt at the Musik Akademie Basel.

Through participation in numerous chamber music projects and in master classes at the Kronberg Academy as well as with Mihaela Martin, Ani Kavafian, Tanja Becker-Bender, Augustin Hadelich, Leonidas 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 convinced the audience by winning the 2nd prize and the audience prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach as well as the prize at the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition New York.

Her most recent musical success to date is the award as Laureate and winner of the Audience Prize at the renowned international Joseph Joachim Violin Competition 2021 in Hanover.

Chiara Sannicandro has already appeared as a soloist in concerts in Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Romania and Portugal as well as in the USA and Canada. This year she can be heard for the first time at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and with the Kammerakademie Potsdam.

Chiara Sannicandro is also an enthusiastic chamber music and orchestral musician and loves the interplay 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 multifaceted musical activities and passions.

Chiara Sannicandro plays a violin by Matteo Goffriller Venezia 1723 on generous loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

Photo © Andrej Grilc