Ulrike Hofbauer was born in Bavaria and studied singing at the Universities of Wurzburg and Salzburg, where she also graduated as a teacher of vocal skills. Following this, she continued her studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basle. The teachers who influenced her most profoundly were Sabine Schutz, Evelyn Tubb and Anthony Rooley.
Ulrike now lives near Basle and has performed as a soloist with Singer Pur, Collegium Vocale Gent, L’Arpeggiata, La Chapelle Rhénane, L’Orfeo Barockorchester and Cantus Cölln amongst others and been directed by Howard Arman, Andrew Parrott, Philippe Herreweghe, Christina Pluhar, Andrea Marcon, Gustav Leonhardt, Manfred Cordes, Hans-Christoph Rademann and Jörg-Andreas Bötticher.
Her versatility as a singer is documented on a considerable number of CDs and DVDs.
With her own baroque ensemble savādi she won the Early Music Competition in York in 2003 and also the Van Wassenaer Concours in The Hague in 2004. She directs larger-scale projects with her newly founded ensemble &cetera.
In 2014 ensemble &cetera released their first CD, "Dialoghi a voce sola" in collaboration with Radio Bremen, on the Raumklang label. It has recently been nominated for the 'German Record Critics' prize. &cetera's second CD was released by Sony in 2016 featuring motets by the Neapolitan composer Leonard Leo.
She enjoys exploring new and unusual repertoires covering different epochs and styles. Ulrike is particularly interested in early and high baroque music, with a special focus on musical rhetoric, ornamentation and the "recitar cantando" style.
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