Vita Sofia Astakhov
Sofija Astakhov, born 1987, comes from a Ukranian musical family. She developed her enthusiasm for
music when she was only a small child. At first she received piano lessons; at the age of eight years the
begann to play the clarinet.
She was educated at the special music school of Kotor in Montenegro. After her degree in 2003, she
studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, Germany, in the class of professor Ulf
Rodenhäuser and at the Staatliche Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany, in the class of professor Jörg
The main focus of her musical career lies on working with contemporary composers. In 1999 Dejan
Despic, one of the most significant composers of former Yugoslavia, already dedicated a piece for
clarinet, piano and orchestra to her. „Music for Sonja“ was premiered the same year at the Lviv
Philharmonic and later on at Kolarac concert hall in Belgrade.
During her studies she was a member of the ensemble for contemporary music „Oktopus“ in Munich for
five years. The ensemble was led by the composer professor Konstantia Gourzi. At the same time Sofija
Molchanova also regularly performed as a soloist and chamber musician at various festivals, she played at
Kissinger Sommer, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, at the
Münchener Biennale, the Max-Reger-Tage Weiden and at the Max Reger-Forum Leipzig, in Kloster
Seeon, at the Mozartiade-Schwäbischer Musiksommer, at the Pavarotti Music Center Mostar as well as at
the Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Nish Philharmonic (Serbia), the Lviv Philharmonic (Ukraine) and
Kolarac in Belgrade.
The young musician acquired extensive orchestra experience through her engagement in different sound
bodies, she regularly plays with the Jewish Chamber Orchestra Munich, the Georgisches
Kammerorchester Ingolstadt, the Junge Philharmonie Köln and the Russian Chamber Philharmonic St.
In 2012 Sofija Molchanova won the price of the Oscar und Vera Ritter-Stiftung and was finalist at the
second international clarinet competition in Freiburg, Germany.
Currently Sofija Molchanova is solo clarinettist at the Jewish Chamber Orchestra Munich and clarinettist
at the Filarmonia Frankfurt and Festival Orchestra Westfalen.
She teaches currently at the music school Neuenstadt and Moeckmuehl as clarinet and Saxophon teacher
and conducts Musikverein Siegelsbach (Wind Orchestra)