The German soprano, Ulrike Hofbauer, studied singing and voice teaching at the Universities of Würzburg and Salzburg, and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. The teachers who influenced her most profoundly were Sabine Schutz, Evelyn Tubb and Anthony Rooley; further musical insights were provided by Christina Pluhar und Andrea Marcon.
Ulrike Hofbauer now lives in Basel and as a soloist has worked with conductors such as Christoph Hammer, Konrad Junghänel, Daniel Reuss, and Philippe Herreweghe. The soprano is a member of several vocal ensembles including the Collegium Vocale Gent, Cantus Cölln, L'Arpeggiata, La Chapelle Rhénane and sang with the acclaimed German vocal sextett Singer Pur for several years. Her versatility as a singer is documented not only in recordings and live performances on the radio, but in a number of CD recordings.
Currently Ulrike Hofbauer is devoting much of her energies to her own baroque ensemble ‘savādi...’, with whom she won the Early Music Competition in York in 2003 and also the Van Wassenaer Concours in The Hague in 2004.
Teaching is also an important part of her life and has taken her to, inter alia, the Universities of Bogota (Colombia), Minsk (Belarus) and the Bayersische Theaterakademie in Munich.
Ulrike Hofbauer enjoys exploring new and unusual repertoires covering different epochs and styles. She Hofbauer is particularly interested in the “recitar cantando” style as well as the use of dramatic theatrical techniques to heighten the emotional impact of the text and music.