Axinia Schönfeld Biography


The singer, songwriter and musician Axinia Schönfeld spent most of her adolescence in Toronto, Canada, before she returned to Berlin, Germany, her city of birth. Her mother tongue is thus German and English. But she also speaks French and Spanish fluently.

It seems quite natural that Axinia has practically inherited her musical talent from her parents. Her father Friedhelm Schönfeld, a reputed jazz musician, composer and arranger, introduced her to the tradition of northern American jazz music. Her mother Gipsy Schönfeld, a Chanson singer, taught her the tradition of German and French chanson.

Axinia began taking classical piano lessons at an early age and attended various music schools, to eventually end up studying singing, piano and composition in Toronto and Berlin.

As lead singer of the dancefloor project SLAM she temporarily dwelt in the fields of commercial pop music even entering the TOP 40 of the European charts. However, neither as a human being nor as a musician did she feel comfortable in this superficial and ever so fast kind of show business, thus soon returning to her musical roots: the timeless song.

Axinia gave numerous performances in clubs, concert halls and on television, also being involved in many studio productions either with trio, quartet, big band or symphonic orchestra. In her various projects she worked together with a lot of well-known artists such as  Chris Walden, Malcolm Luker, Neil Stubenhaus, Walter Norris, Reinhold Heil, Udo Arndt, Curt Cress, Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg and Friedhelm Schönfeld, just to name a few.

Since 2007 Axinia felt a second, even more important call besides music: the call for ministry. So she studied Theology as well as English and Classic Studies from 2007 until 2013/2014 at Humboldt-University, Berlin.

From September 2014 until December 2016 she then served as a vicar/curate at the Evangelische Heilig-Kreuz-Passionsgemeinde in Berlin-Kreuzberg, at the Sprengel Nordwest-Neukölln and at the Berliner Missionswerk.

After having passed her second theological exam including the assessment center of the EKBO (Evangelische Kirche Berlin-Brandenburg), the pastoral care programme at Kloster Lehnin and the Evangelische Predigerseminar zu Wittenberg (Preachers` Seminary), Axinia served as ordained reverend at the Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Berlin-Tiergarten and as assistant of the bishop of Berlin Ulrike Trautwein from 2017 until 2019. Currently, Axinia assumes the position of main pastor at the Evangelische Zuflucht-und-Jeremia-Kirchengemeinde, Berlin-Spandau.

However, music, of course, continues to play an important role in her ministry. Axinia often initiates jazz services or gives concerts in  various churches. (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche etc.)