Benita - profile

Benita Schauer

Communications Manager

What do you like most about working with the MCO?

The openness everyone shows for new things and people, the easyness of communication, the international environment.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
To capture a reader’s and listener’s attention: Explaining with simple words why a piece of music is worth listening to, and why a concert with the MCO can change the way one hears music and sees things.

The first piece of music you fell in love with:

Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto. I loved the festive sound of the trumpet.

What makes a “perfect” concert?
A concert where musicians and audience become one, telling and listening to the same story. A concert that makes people go home feeling happy.

Which are your Desert Island Discs?

Clara Schumann's Romanzen op. 22 for Violin and Piano, and the Mozart Sonata for two pianos.


International Relations, Communication and Music have been the three Leitmotive of Benita’s life for many years. After spending her childhood and teenage years between piano lessons, choir rehearsals, and playing all possible kinds of recorders in an ensemble dedicated to baroque music, she studied History and Public Law at the Universities of Munich and Bordeaux, and continued with a Master’s Program of Eastern European Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges. She subsequently embarked on a diplomatic career, moving back and forth between various countries and the German capital. During this time she worked as a press officer for the German Embassy in Croatia, and later for companies in Germany; she coordinated publications for the German cultural institutions and NGOs abroad as well as for organizations and foundations in Berlin.

But with every new posting, music would almost inevitably occupy an increasing part of her time. In Croatia, Mosambik, Bolivia and Ecuador she organised tours and concerts with German and local musicians; she founded choirs in two countries and has, over the last years, started writing regularly about concerts, musicians and music. Having now returned to Germany for good, Benita is excited to start a new musical chapter of her life with the MCO.