Karin Schaupp

Karin Schaupp



Karin Schaupp (born 1972) is a German-born Australian classical guitarist and actress.

She was born an only child[1] in Hofheim am Taunus, Germany, to a musical family.[2] Her mother and principal teacher, Isolde Schaupp, was a teacher of guitar at the Conservatorium of Wiesbaden. Her father, a doctor,[1] was an amateur pianist, and her aunt and grandmother were opera singers. She was given a half-size guitar by her grandmother when she was aged three. She started her guitar studies with her mother when she was five, and performed in public at age six.[3] Her family, including both sets of grandparents,[1] migrated from Germany to Australia when she was aged eight,[4] and they have been based in Brisbane, Queensland, where Isolde Schaupp continues to teach at the University of Queensland and the University of Southern Queensland.[1]

While in her teens, Karin Schaupp won prizes at competitions at Lagonegro, Italy and Madrid, Spain. At the Madrid competition she won the special competition prize for the Best Interpretation of Spanish Music.[3] She completed bachelor's and master's degrees in music at the University of Queensland.

She performed Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra when she was aged 18.

She is a member of Saffire, also known as the Australian Guitar Quartet, along with Slava Grigoryan, Gareth Koch, and Anthony Field (replaced by Leonard Grigoryan).[5]

She has also performed and recorded with the recorder player Genevieve Lacey.[6]

Her many recordings include the world premiere recordings of Ross Edwards's Concerto for Guitar and Strings (2004), Nikita Koshkin's Hispanic Suite (1973; published 1997); and Philip Bračanin's Four Diversions (she also premiered Bračanin's Guitar Concerto in 1992 with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra).[7] She has also recorded Cradle Songs, inspired by the birth of her daughter Alexa.[8]

She has toured extensively in many countries. She was an honorary guest at the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Chinese Radio.[9]

Schaupp also trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). In 2007, David Williamson wrote the one-woman play Lotte's Gift for her; it is based on her own life and that of her mother and grandmother (the Lotte of the title). The performance includes both acting and playing the guitar and is regularly toured by Schaupp.[3][10] In 2016, she and the actor Tama Matheson co-created theatre work titled Don Juan, based on Lord Byron's poem.

She is married to Giac Giacomantonio, a psychologist and former guitar student of her mother Isolde.[1]



Spain: The Great Guitar Concertos
Spain: The Great Guitar Concertos is an album by musical artist Karin Schaupp, released on January 2, 2009.
Mosaic: Australian Guitar Concertos
Mosaic: Australian Guitar Concertos is an album by musical artist Karin Schaupp, released on May 16, 2014.
Spain: Great Guitar Concertos
Spain: Great Guitar Concertos is an album by musical artist Karin Schaupp, released on January 2, 2009.
Lotte's Gift
Lotte's Gift is an album by musical artist Karin Schaupp, released on January 27, 2007.

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Popular Albums7

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Musica Viva Australia's 2018 season announced
  –  August 9, 2017
The Musica Viva Coffee Concerts will return in 2018, with artists including guitar-cello duo Karin Schaupp and Umberto Clerici, the Australian Brass Quintet, Romanian violinist Ioana Cristina Goicea (making her Australian debut) and the Goldner Quartet.
Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival
  –  July 30, 2017
Variety is important to festivals. Breakfast Fandango with Karin Schaupp offered some interesting elements including readings from Lorca, Spanish music by Tárrega, Albéniz and De Falla and Boccherini’s Guitar Fandango, showing off the best of the ...
Straddie concerts on July 30
  –  July 18, 2017
At the 10am concert, Minjerribah Miniatures, the festival players including acclaimed guitarist Karin Schaupp, perform a series of short musical gems that celebrate the natural world. Featured composers include Debussy, Sculthorpe, Dvořák, Elgar ...
Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp reunite
  –  June 30, 2017
Friends and fellow musicians, Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp reunite for their second album, Songs of Latin Skies. Katie and Karin spoke with Richelle Hunt on The Friday Revue about the importance of music in a child's education and that both of their mums ...
Eight things to do around Canberra this June long weekend
  –  June 8, 2017
Singer, Katie Noonan and guitarist, Karin Schaupp will be performing their latest co-creation, Songs of the Latin Skies this weekend at The Street Theatre. Inspired by the South American traditions of bossa nova, samba, salsa and tango, their songs ...
Karin Schaupp and Katie Noonan: Songs of the Latin Skies at the Street Theatre
  –  May 31, 2017
Songs of the Latin Skies. Karin Schaupp and Katie Noonan. The Street Theatre. June 9 and 10 at 7.30pm. Tickets: thestreet.org.au or 62471223. More information: songsofthelatinskies.com. Guitarist Karin Schaupp spent the first 15 years of her career almost ...
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