Prof. Guido Schiefen was born in 1968 near Bonn, Germany. He studied cello at the Cologne Conservatory with Professor Alwin Bauer and was profoundly influenced by Maurice Gendron und Siegfried Palm. After winning the Cologne Conservatory Prize in 1989, he went on to clinch the highest award at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1990.
Ever since, Guido Schiefen has become a recognized international soloist and chamber musician, who has captivated audiences in the cities of Europe, North and South America, Japan and the Middle East, including Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Paris, Brussels, Santiago de Chile, London and Tokyo. He is a regular guest at major music festivals in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Japan. As a soloist, he has been invited to big-name orchestras like the WDR orchestra of Cologne, the Festival Strings of Lucerne, the Bamberger Symphony Orchestra, The Berlin Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London.
His successful debut with Bach’s solo suites at the Ansbach Bach Week, earned him a brilliant reputation as an interpreter of these works. His extensive discography encompasses the principal works of cello literature and chamber music, including the six suites of J.S. Bach, the cello concertos of Antonin Dvorak and Jacques Offenbach, the solo sonata of Zoltán Kodály, the solo suites of Max Reger, the compositions for cello of Franz Liszt and the complete cello sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven.
Guido Schiefen is the artistic director of the “Rhein-Sieg Chamber Music Festival” and since 2008 he has been teaching at the music conservatory in Lucerne, Switzerland.