This is how Friederike Starkloff, born in Chemnitz in 1990, describes the importance of music for her life. She first obtained violin instruction at the Pflüger Foundation in Freiburg with Prof. Wolfgang Marschner and Ariane Mathäus, who have been her teachers ever since. She won First Prize at Jugend Musiziert for the first time in 1998. By 2004, she had won eleven further prizes, not only in the solo category butalso in duo and quartet formations. Parallel to this, she succeeded in various international violin and chamber music competitions and won the 2005 International Miroslaw Lawrynowicz Violin Competition in Plock, Poland, the Tenth International Ludwig Spohr Violin Competition in Freiburg and the First International Violin Competition in Dresden in 2008. Furthermore, she was a prizewinner in the Internaional Spohr Competition Weimar in 2001, the Second International Violin Competition in Qingdao, China in 2008 and finally the Bach Prizewinner in the XVIth International Bach Competition in 2010 in Leipzig in the Violin/Baroque Violin category. Friederike Starkloff also won Second Prize in the Seventh International Leopold Mozart Competition in Augsburg in 2009, which formed the basis for a CD production. In 2014 she became a Jacques Thibaud Grand Prize winner at the Long-Thibaud-Crespin contest in Paris and in 2015 she won the Third Prize at the Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki. She has performed solo concerts in Germany, Poland and Italy and appears with many renowned orchestras including the Baden-Baden Philharmonic, the Weimar Staatskapelle, the Philharmonic Orchestra Rzeszow (Poland) as well as the Kurpfälzische Chamber Orchestra and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under Dennis Russell Davies. The scholarship-holder of the Jürgen-Ponto Foundation (2004–2007) regularly attends international master classes held by such renowned musicians and teachers as Wolfgang Marschner, Kurt Masur and Herman Krebbers and also appears at festivals such as the Moritzburg Festival. Friederike Starkloff has studied with Prof. Rainer Kussmaul at the Academy of Music in Freiburg from 2008 to 2012 and is studying with Prof. Antje Weithaas at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin since 2012. In 2015 Friederike became 1st concertmaster at the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover. As a guest concertmaster she has also been working with the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Until 2015 she played a violin made by J.B. Guadagnini which was on loan to her from the Baden-Württemberg State Collection. Since then she plays a violin made by Julia Maria Pasch in 2014.