Katharina Engelbrecht was born in Vienna in 1987.
She received first violin lessons at the age of 6 ½. In October 1999 she passed the entrance examination to the preparatory course at the University of Music Vienna.
From 2006 to 2008 she was student of Prof. Zakhar Bron at the Hochschule für Musik Cologne. At present the young violinist studies with Marina Sorokowa at the University of Music in Vienna.
Katharina is a various prize-winner of national and international competitions, such as in 2002 federal winner of the competition "Prima La Musica" in Austria. She won the „V. and A. Marcosig“ competition in Gorizia (IT) in April 2003, followed by an invitation to a concert tour playing in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Venice, Trieste, Klagenfurt and Graz.
The young artist is winner of the Stefanie Hohl Competition in Vienna 2005, the int. „Beethoven Competition“ in St. Pölten 2008. In 2009 she won the “Hindemith-Prize” at the International Hindemith Competition in Berlin, followed by a concert in the Berlin Konzerthaus.
She was finalist and prize-winner at the 9th International Kärntner Sparkasse Competition in Austria in June 2010.
At the 7th int. Kreisler Competition she won the “Anerkennungspreis” and in November 2010 she was awarded 2nd prize at the “Gradus ad Parnassum” competition in Vienna.
2008/2009 she received the Josef Windisch scholarship and in 2010 she won the competition for the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe (YMFE) grant.
She was awarded a scholarship of the Dr. Lina Dr. Robert Thyll-Duerr Stiftung Switzerland for 2011/12.
Katharina gave her first solo recital at the age of 13. Now she plays not only regularly as a soloist, but also in various chamber ensembles in Austria and abroad – among others an invitation led her to the International Kyoto Students Music Festival in Japan 2012.
As a soloist she played at the Ars Baltica Youth Festival in 2003 with Kaunas Chamber Orchestra in Lithuania (conductor: Pavel Berman), the Kärntner Sinfonieorchester, with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (head of conductors: Jorma Panula), the NÖ Jugendsinfonieorchester, the Philharmonie Marchfeld, the Krems Chamber Orchestra, the Franz-Schmidt-Kammerorchester, the Webern Sinfonietta or the Vratza State Philharmonic Orchestra.
From 2003-2007 Katharina performed as “soloist in residence” with the Alpe-Adria Orchestra. The tours led her through Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Austria, where she had big success with the Haydn violin concertos, Mozart A-major violin concert as well as N. Paganini’s virtuoso piece "I Palpiti".
Concert tours led her to Germany, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Russia, Lithuania and Japan.
A very outstanding concert was her succesfull debut at the age of 18 in the grand hall of the Vienna Musikverein with F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s violin concerto in e-minor with the “Wiener Orchesterverein” under the direction of Robert Zelzer.