Swantje WittenhagenHarp – Orchestra academy
Hamburg harpist Swantje Wittenhagen (*1999) began playing the harp at the age of five with Sabine Fichner. At the age of nine, she switched to Gesine Dreyer, with whom she initially took private lessons, and from 2013 as a junior student via the Lübeck University of Music. After graduating from high school in 2017, Swantje began her bachelor's studies in harp at the University of Art in Graz with Margit-Anna Süß. She returned to Lübeck in October 2018 and completed her Bachelor's degree with Gesine Dreyer in the summer of 2021. Since September 2021, she has been studying for her Master's degree with Gwyneth Wentink at "Codarts" in Rotterdam.
Swantje Wittenhagen won several times the first prize at the national competition "Jugend musiziert" and won the special prize "Wespe" in the categories "Verfemte Musik" and "Werk einer Komponistin". At the International Harp Competition of Hungary 2016 she won the third prize. In 2019, she won the Possehl Music Competition of the University of Music Lübeck.
She has been playing as an orchestral harpist since the age of eight and was most recently a harpist with the German Federal Youth Orchestra, the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, and the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO). In the 2019/20 season, she was an academist with the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been a member of the Orchestra Academy of the Gürzenich Orchestra since 1 September 2021.
Swantje Wittenhagen was a scholarship holder of the Förderverein "Jugend Musiziert". For several years she has been a scholarship holder of the "Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben". She received the Gerd Bucerius Scholarship of this foundation as well as two sponsorship scholarships, which were made possible by the Bernbeck Foundation and the Dr. Werner and Hilke Appel Foundation. Since 2019, Swantje has been a scholarship recipient of the Possehl Foundation Lübeck. In 2021, she received a grant from the Hans and Eugenia Jütting Foundation. She also attended several master classes as a scholarship holder.