Ulrike Hofbauer was born in Bavaria and studied singing at the Universities of Würzburg and Salzburg, where she graduated as a teacher of voice. Following this, she continued her studies at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. The teachers who influenced her most profoundly were Sabine Schütz, 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. She has worked with directors including Howard Arman, Andrew Parrott, Philippe Herreweghe, Christina Pluhar, Andrea Marcon, Gustav Leonhardt, Manfred Cordes, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Rudolf Lutz and Jörg-Andreas Bötticher.
Her versatility as a singer is documented by her considerable discography.
Ulrike regularly has the opportunity to pursue her love of acting in the opera theatre and has performed (among other venues) in the theatres of Basel and Bern.
With her ensemble ‘savādi...’, focussing on Italian music from the from the early 17th century, she has won several awards. She directs larger-scale projects with her ensemble &cetera (www.ensemble-etcetera.com).
From 2014 to 2019, Ulrike was teaching baroque singing at the Institute for Early Music of the Mozarteum University in Salzburg and from 2017 to 2020 at the Conservatoire and the Académie Supérieure de Musique in Strasbourg. Since September 2019 she teaches at the Schola Cantorum in Basel.
Ulrike enjoys exploring new and unusual repertoires from different epochs and styles.
Her free time is spent trying to discover the secret of the perfect espresso. She loves bicycles, nature, swimming and of course books, books, books!