Birgit Bahr studied recorder and early wind instruments with Prof. H. Weber and baroque oboe with R. Hildebrand in Hamburg. After completing her studies with honors for both performance and pedagogy, she furthered her knowledge and performance skills in master classes with Marion Verbruggen, Ku Ebbinge and Bernhard Junghänel. Since then she has played concerts with renowned early music ensembles in Germany and abroad. Tours with the Musicalischen Compagney, Weser Renaissance, Concerto Palatino, Cantus Cölln and Capella Orlandi Bremen have taken her to Denmark, Norway, Holland, Italy, Greece, and Austria. She has also played in numerous CDs and radio productions.
Hildegard Wippermann, born in Duisburg in 1963, studied recorder there with Gudrun Heyens. After successfully completing her Music Pedagogy Exam she continued to study with Manfredo Zimmermann at the Conservatory in Wuppertal where she acquired her Performing Artist Diploma. She gathered further inspiration from Han Tol at the Academy for Early Music, Bremen where she also began to study Renaissance reed instruments with Bernhard Junghänel. It was then that she started playing concerts all over Germany with the newly formed ensemble “Capella nova." In addition to working as a soloist, she developed her chamber music skills by participating in various projects for ensembles such as Weser Renaissance, the Freiburger Barockorchester, and the Bayerischer Staatsoper, and took part in many of their CDs and radio productions.
Falko Munkwitz, born in 1967, studied in Leipzig from 1984 until 1990 with Georg Fleischer. He has been the solo trombonist for the Robert Schumann Philharmonic Orchestra in Chemnitz since 1990, having already had a term as a substitute in the Gewandhaus-Orchestra in Leipzig (1988 – 1990). Since 1988 Falko Munkwitz has also worked with Renaissance trombones (sackbuts) in historical sizes (alto and tenor), playing with Capella Coloniensis, Concerto Köln, the Freiburger Barockorchester, Das Neue Orchester Köln, Capella Carthusiana, Dresdener Barockorchester and the Chemnitzer Barockorchester. He has toured extensively in Europe and the USA. His performances can be heard on numerous recordings for radio, television, CD, and DVD.
Regina Hahnke studied recorder and early wind instruments under Prof. Helga Weber (Performing Artist Exam 1987, and Music Teacher Diploma 1990). She works with various Renaissance and Baroque ensembles (Weser Renaissance, Toutes-suites Ensemble for Early Music, and Capella Cantorum, among others), playing in numerous concerts and recordings. In addition to her work as a recorder teacher she also gives workshops for double reed players all over Germany.
Why choose when you can do both? This is certainly the case with the organist, harpsichord player and flautist Martina Fiedler. During her studies in organ and modern flute at the conservatory in Nuremberg, she discovered early music and began studying harpsichord and the medieval transverse flute. After successfully passing her Diploma examinations in all of these instruments she went on to further studies for historical performance practice at the Academy for Early Music in Bremen. Since then Martina Fiedler has become a much sought-after continuo player, organist and flautist. She is regularly invited as coach, organist and harpsichord player by the Festival Orchestra for the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, working with renowned conductors such as Nicholas McGegan, Andrew Parrot and Laurence Cummings.
Johannes Vogt first studied classical guitar and musicology in Heidelberg and went on to study lute and classical guitar with Prof. Tadashi Sasaki in Aachen. He then specialized in the art of playing lute, theorbo and early forms of guitar. He gives concerts and makes CD recordings mainly with small ensembles, covering a wide spectrum of styles, including music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical period, and improvised music (lute and saxophone). Over the years Johannes Vogt has specialized in the art of playing basso continuo in the baroque music forms, from chamber music to oratorio. At the same time he not only plays regularly in baroque operas as a lute player but also as an electric guitarist in modern operas. From 1992 till 1999 Johannes Vogt taught lute and basso continuo at the Heidelberg-Mannheim Conservatory and from 1998 till 2001 he was a lecturer for guitar at the Polytechnic University for Music Therapy, Heidelberg.
Ulrich Wedemeier studied first classical guitar and then lute with Stephen Stubbs. In addition to international concert tours as a soloist and with renowned early music ensembles, recording for CDs and radio productions form a large part of his work. In 2006 he received an ECHO Klassik prize with the ensemble Hamburger Ratsmusik for the CD “Lübecker Virtuosen." Ulrich Wedemeier is much sought-after musician for many opera houses. He has toured throughout Europe, the USA, South-East Asia, and Japan. As a specialist for early music he also plays on rare original instruments.
The percussionist Peter A. Bauer was born in 1969 in Leipzig where he later studied at the Conservatory with Hermann Naehring. Studying non-European drumming led him to Glen Velez (New York) and Ahmed Subhy (Cairo). He has taught at the Felix M. Bartholdy Conservatory since 1995, where he also directs the “Ensemble für außereuropäische Musik” (ensemble for non-European music). Together with Michael Metzler he founded the group Svargoed, and he composes and plays for Alcantara and Unicycleman (Leipzig), as well as for projects situated on the border between chamber music and pop. Working together with Bert Röhner, he has written music for both film and theatre. With the aforementioned ensembles he has played concerts in Europe, Africa, and Asia and is a sought-after musician for medieval and early music (Ioculatores, Freiburger Spielleute, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Lautten Compagney). Peter Bauer also teaches as a rehearsal coach at the Paluccaschule in Dresden.