Anke Schittenhelm was born in Bruchsal (Germany).
Her university education began at the age of 16 at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe in the masterclass of Ulf Hoelscher (pre-college). She continued her studies at the Konservatorium Bern in the masterclass of Igor Ozim and graduated with the teaching diploma with distinction. Her further education brought her to the College Conservatory Cincinnati (USA), where she was a student in the masterclass of Dorothy Delay. She graduated with the artist diploma with special honours.
Anke Schittenhelm experienced additional artistic education in masterclasses with Wolfgang Marschner, Yfrah Neaman, the Tokio String Quartet and the LaSalle Quartet.
At the age of 24 she became first concertmaster of the Hofer Symphony Orchestra. Three years later she was offered the position as a guest professor at the Wesleyan University Bloomington (USA). Since 1999 she is in the position of a tenured professor at the Kunstuniversität Graz.
She won several competitions as for example the International Starling Competition.
Since 1999 Anke Schittenhelm lives in Graz where she founded the chamber orchestra Capella Calliope. Since 2002 she is the artistic director of the Internationale Kammermusik- und Meisterkurstage Raumberg/ Styria and since 2004 the head of ESTA (European String Teachers Association) Styria.
Anke Schittenhelm performs on an international stage with her chamber orchestra Capella Calliope and as a soloist with the pianists Annamaria Bodoky-Krause and Ekatarina Taropolkaja.
Her most important concern is the early education of Austrian young talents. Therefor she is a member of the committee Musik der Jugend for the state of Austria.
In the year 2012 Anke Schittenhelm was elected to be the head of the string department and 2016 associated president of the Senate at the Kunstuniversität Graz.