"...opennes, passion and professional drive...", "...creative and ambitious..", "...working together with Sonja is all about purposefulness and preciseness..."
Sonja Oberkofler is a saxophonist from the Italian Alps with passion for classical & new music and interdisciplinary projects.
She studied in The Netherlands at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts Tilburg under the guidance of Ties Mellema, Niels Bijl and Juana Palop and in Switzerland at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in the class of Lars Mlekusch.
Additional studies have been the Bad-Homburg Masterclass in Germany, Barcelona Modern Festival in Spain and more, with world-renowned saxophonists such as Claude Delangle, Arno Bornkamp, Jean-Denis Michat, Christian Wirth, Pawel Gusnar Simon Diricq, Ryo Noda among others.
Her professional attitude and drive have resulted in collaborations with composers like; Anthony Fiumara, Aart Strootmans, Aura Bouw, Vlad Chlek, Steven Stoffels performing several world premieres. She played as well concerts with world-renowned artists such as the All-star ensemble Bang on a Can, Asko|Schönberg, TEMKO and together with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Fontys Saxophone Ensemble for the dutch royal family.
Sonja’s infectious passion for chamber music and interdisciplinary performances led her everywhere, from the Concertgebouw, National Opera, Tolhuistuin Amsterdam, “Bunker H” Bolzano among other alternative venues of performance to playing at festivals like Bosch Parade, Oranjewoud Festival, Festival Classique, Theaterboulevard, Opera Forward Festival and Grachtenfestival.
Sonja is a Newzik ambassador and nominee of the Jacques de Leeuw Price 2020.
Besides her musical skills, Sonja is passionated about the personal development of lifestyle engineering through mindfulness, nutrition, sports and mental training leading to her interests for a total body-mind performance.