Swantje Wittenhagen

Swantje Wittenhagen, born in 1999, began to play the harp at the age of five under the tutelage of Sabine Fichner. After private lessons since she was nine and additional five years of pre-college at the „Musikhochschule" Lübeck under the tutelage of Prof. Gesine Dreyer, she began her Bachelor studies in Graz with Prof. Margit-Anna Süß. Swantje returned to Lübeck after one year and is currently studying in her final year of her Bachelor with Prof. Dreyer.

Swantje Wittenhagen is a first prize winner of multiple national competitions of „Jugend Musiziert" (Germany), as well as of the additional competition „Wespe" in the categories „Work of a female composer" and „Ostracized music". She won the third prize in the International Harp Competition of Szeged, Hungary (2016) and was awarded the first prize in the Possehl-Competition 2019.

Starting at the age of eight she has played as an orchestral harpist. Her orchestral experience includes being a harpist in orchestras such as the National Youth Orchestra of Germany, the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra. In the season of 2019/20 Swantje was a member of the academy of the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra.

She is a scholar of the „Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben" and received a generous scholarship thanks to the support of the Bernbeck-Foundation. Since 2019 Swantje is additionally a scholar of the Possehl-Foundation (Lübeck). 2021 she was awarded a scholarship by the “Jütting-Foundation”.