The German soprano, Ulrike Hofbauer, studied singing at the Universities of Wurzburg and Salzburg, where she graduated as a teacher of vocal skills. Following this, she continued her studies 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 near Basle and has performed as a soloist with the acclaimed German vocal sextett Singer Pur, as well as with Collegium Vocale Gent (Director: Philippe Herreweghe), L'Arpeggiata, La Chapelle Rhénane, L'Orfeo Barockorchester (Director: Michi Gaigg) and Cantus Cölln amongst others and been directed by Howard Arman, Jörg-Andreas Bötticher Manfred Cordes, Christoph Hammer, Philippe Herreweghe, Konrad Junghänel, Gustav Leonhardt, Rudolf Lutz, Andrea Marcon, Andrew Parrott, Christina Pluhar, Hans-Christoph Rademann, and Daniel Reuss. Her versatility as a singer is documented on a considerable number of CD's and DVD's.
In addition, Ulrike Hofbauer regularly has the opportunity to live out her love of acting on the opera stage and she performed, amongst others, in the theatres of Basle and Bern. Roles include Calisto in Cavallieri’s Calisto, Galathea in George Frideric Handel's Acis and Galathea, Euridike in Monteverdi's, Gluck's and Georg Philipp Telemann's Orpheus and all the feminine roles in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. In 2013 she took up an invitation by Boston Early Music Festival to sing the title role in G.F. Handel's Almira.
With her own Baroque ensemble ‘savādi...’ (see link below) Ulrike Hofbauer 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. She enjoys exploring new and unusual repertoires covering different epochs and styles. She 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.
Teaching is also an important part of Ulrike Hofbauer's life and has taken her to, inter alia, the Universities of Bogota (Colombia), Minsk (Belarus) and the Bayersische Theaterakademie in Munich.