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Christoph Bielefeld began harp lessons at the age of eight. When he was sixteen, he became a Pre College student of Agnieszka Gralak in Aachen. After his final school exams he joined Prof. Helga Storck’s class in Munich, where he achieved his Artist’s Diploma in 2007. Since then, he has been studying in the postgraduate Meisterklasse with Catherine Michel and Julie Palloc in Zurich, as well as Marie-Pierre Langlamet in Berlin.

While still at school, Christoph Bielefeld was a member of the German National Youth Orchestra, and won numerous national prizes at the youth competition “Jugend Musiziert”, as well as first prizes at the competitions of the German Harp Society. In 2006 he won the International Reinl Competition in Vienna, and second prize in the International Nippon Harp Competition in Soka, Japan. At the First Netherlands Harp Competition 2010 he won a special prize for the best interpretation of three Schumann songs.

Christoph Bielefeld was a member of Live Music Now! in Munich, as well as being a scholarship holder with Villa Musica in Rheinland-Pfalz. There, he was awarded a special prize for his chamber music work in 2009.

2011-12, Christoph Bielefeld was a member of the Landestheater Gera as solo-harp. As a freelance-harpist, he played in Orchestras like Berlin Philharmonic, RSO Wien, Zurich Opera, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Philhamonic, Bamberg Symphonic, Helsinki Philhamonic, Opera Oslo etc.

Presently, Christoph Bielefeld holds the position of the Solo Harpist of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz and teaches at the Salzburg Mozarteum as the assistent of Prof. Stephen Fitzpatrick.