Camilla Köhnken is from Bonn, Germany, and studied piano with Pierre–Laurent Aimard (Cologne), Jerome Rose (New York), and Claudio Martínez Mehner (Basel).

She played solo concerts in halls like the Carnegie Hall, New York, the Palacio de Festivales, Santander, or the Teatro La Fenice, Venice, while also pursuing a lively chamber music career, e.g. with her ensemble Philon Trio (with David da Silva, clarinet, and Adam Newman, viola).

In 2018, she completed a doctorate on interpretation strategies of Franz Liszt and his circle at the University of Bern, Switzerland and has been working since November 2019 as a postdoc with Tom Beghin (Research group “Declassifying the Classics”) at the Orpheus Institute Ghent, Belgium.