The German soprano, Almut Panfilenko (Almut Hellwig), studied at the Hochschule für Musik Saar with Rosemarie Bühler-Fey and Irwin Gage. This was followed by a private study in Vienna with Theodore Coresi. She participated in master-classes with, inter alia, Irina Gavrilovici, Nele Gramß (early music), Klesie Kelly-Moog, Peter Kooy (early music), Elena Marinescu, Kurt Widmer and Yaron Windmüller. She was awarded various prizes: in 1999 she won the German national competition "Jugend musiziert " in the special category "Contemporary Music" 3rd prize; in 2007, she received a scholarship from the Richard-Wagner-Verbandes; in 2013, she won again the "PodiumJungerGesangsSolisten" of VDKC (Verband Deutscher KonzertChöre = Association of German Concert Choirs) the 3rd prize.
Its focus of Almut Panfilenko is on the concert area, particularly in contemporary music. She won much attention the first performances of Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf's solo work Angela Nova 2 and Gesängen von der peripherie by Wolfram Schurig. She was a singer of the ensemble Les élats du son (contemporary music) and a founding member of the Vokalconsort Parlando (early music).
Almut Panfilenko sang at major festivals such as the Musikfestspielen Saar, Festival Euroklassik , Two Days and Two Nights of New Music in Odessa, Internationalen Ferienkursen für neue Musik in Darmstadt and Bludenzer Tagen zeitgemäßer Musik. She appeared in Berlin, Bayreuth, Bremen, Dresden, Leipzig and Würzburg and was heard in prestigious venues such as the Wiener Konzerthaus, Arsenal in Metz, Hohen Domkirche St. Peter zu Trier and Konstantinbasilika in Trier. She sang with various orchestras, choirs and ensembles, including the Trierer Philharmoniker, Trierer Bachchor, Ensemble PHACE and Le Concert Lorrain. In December 2014, she was a soloist in J.S. Bach's Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248) at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig".
Almut Panfilenko recorded many works for the radio (SR, SWR and ORF), including 7 frühen Lieder by Alban Berg (ensemble version), Apparition by George Crumb, Frauenliebe und -leben by Robert Schumann, Lieder Op . 48 by Edward Grieg and Wesendonklieder by Richard Wagner. Released on CD is, inter alia, Angela Nova 2 by Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf.
On the opera stage Almut Panfilenko has appeared, inter alia, experience at the Saarländischen Staatstheater, Théâtre National du Luxembourg and at the Ruhrfestspielen in Recklinghausen, eg as a mother in Menotti's Amahl and the nightly visitors, as Ida in Die Fledermaus, as Kate in Madama Butterfly and as a Page in Rigoletto.