Katharina Strein has since September 2017 headed the business operations of the Mozartfest Würzburg, after joining the festival team in January of the same year as Organisation Manager and Deputy Managing Director.
From 2009 to 2016, she worked at the Essen Philharmonic, a German concert hall of international stature, where world-class soloists and orchestras make regular appearances. Her remit in the artistic program department in this period subsumed creative involvement in the planning of 130 in-house events, the entire rental business and the coordination of guest events, the complete in-house operations, including human resources, plus financial responsibility for the artistic side of things.
For one season (2014/15) she was Artistic Director of the Essen Philharmonic. Katharina Strein has a degree from the Institute for Cultural Management in Ludwigsburg and supplemented her education with spells working for the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the National Theatre in Mannheim, and the State Theatre in Stuttgart.
Her enthusiasm for classical music laid the foundations for studying school music and Romanistics at the University for Music and Mannheim University, where she was awarded a degree.
At the Université Sorbonne in Paris, she acquired the "University Licence" in musicology. As a double-bass player, she performs in concerts with many different ensembles featuring classical concert and operatic repertoires all the way through to musical cabaret and world music in Germany and the rest of Europe.