Kundri Lu Emma Schäfer

When making music, Kundri Lu Emma Schäfer likes to contemplate the effect of contrasting tones and aural illustrations creating a musical narrative together. As a result of moving around and living abroad in her youth, she initially taught herself the violin. Later, she studied at the Conservatoire de Montpellier, at the Berlin University of the Arts with Prof. Axel Gerhardt and at the Bern University of the Arts with Prof. Barbara Doll and Prof. Corina Belcea (Belcea Quartet) - where she graduated with distinction. At the same time, she began studying viola in Bern with Prof. Patrick Jüdt and subsequently completed a master’s degree with Prof. Veronika Hagen at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, also with distinction. During her studies Kundri won scholarships from the Gustav Mahler Academy and the Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz.

As an orchestral musician, Kundri gained experience as concertmaster of the Young European Youth Orchestra, as violist in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, in the academy of the Bern Symphony Orchestra, and as principal violist in the Mozarteum and the Palermo Festival Orchestras. She has toured internationally numerous times, including at the Kyoto International Festival in Japan, where she represented the Berlin University of the Arts with her string quartet. As a sought-after chamber musician, she has performed with renowned musicians such as Jürgen Kussmaul, Gilles Apap, Peter Hörr, Friedemann Eichhorn, Barbara Doll, Conradin Brotbek and Vera Beths. Her extensive concert activities extend throughout Germany and abroad (including China, Japan, Australia, Canada, France, Spain, Portugal and Italy).

Kundri also especially enjoys teaching. Through her many years of experience with her violin and viola class in Berlin, she developed and illustrated the card game Violin Circus, which was recently published and awarded a prize by the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.