The German soprano, Cornelia Samuelis, began her musical training at the age of six by studying violin playing and singing in various. From 1991 she studied school music and violin with Heiner Eckels at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold. In 1996 she took up singing studies with and Mechthild Böhme at the same school, finishing them in 2000. She supplemented her formal studies with master-classes with Klesie Kelly and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, as well as private lessons with Peter Jacoby, Thomas Quasthoff and Ulla Groenewold.
After the studies Cornelia Samuelis was active for some time as a free-lance in the choir of the NDR Hamburg and in the RIAS-Kammerchor Berlin. The Deutsche Musikrat promoted her concerts with the Trio "Tagore" at the International Festival Bitola 2001 (Macedonia). Numerous concert engagements in her homeland and abroad followed, with Kay Johannsen, the Nomos-Quartett Hannover and the Württembergischen Kammerorchester Heilbronn under Ruben Gazarian, among others. She has also co-operated with Ton Koopman, Max Pommer and Ulf Schirmer as well as the Arhus Symphonie-Orchester and the Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
Cornelia Samuelis' extensive repertoire, which covers operas, oratorios, Lieder and chamber music, range of works of all music eras, has already led her to numerous international music festivals. She appeared as a guest at the chamber-music festival "Interfest Bitola", the festival for early music "La folle journée" in Nantes, Bilbao and Lisbon (with Monteverdi's Orfeo), the "Feste musicali" Köln (with George Frideric Handel's La Resurrezione), and the Bach Festivals in Köthen and Hamburg.
In 2003 Cornelia Samuelis co-operated for the first time with Peter Neumann, Jörg Straube and Helmuth Rilling (Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart). In addition she appeared in this year as a guest at the Niedersächsischen Musikfestival, and could have been heard also at the Richard-Strauss-Tagen in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Ariadne auf Naxos.
Many of her appearances are documented on live-productions by West-German, North-German and Bavarian radio stations, and CD-productions with W.A. Mozart oratorio works under Peter Neumann.