Asked at the age of eight what she wanted to be when she grew up, Simone Eckert answered ‘a gambist’. Admonitions to take up a sensible profession had no effect on her, and today she is a freelance musician in Hamburg. Since taking her degree in early music at the Schola Cantorum in Basle (H.Mueller, J.Savall, 1990) she has worked as a gambist, artistic director, concert agent and manager of her ensemble Hamburg Ratsmusik, musicologist, editor of newly rediscovered music for the viola da gamba, and a music teacher at the Conservatory of Hamburg. She appears at all major festivals in Germany and many other European countries, China and Boston/USA.
For more than thirty-five years Ulrich Wedemeier has performed as a guitarist and lutenist throughout the world. He performs in the Hamburger Ratsmusik and with renowned ensembles and soloists in the field of early music. His solo CD, velvet touch, resulted from his research pertaining to the guitarist Catharina Pratten, a leading personality in the music world of the nineteenth century. Ulrich Wedemeier is a member of the Consortium for Guitar Research at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
Anke Dennert first studied recorder and harpsichord at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg. Her enthusiasm for the harpsichord and its fascinating, wide-ranging repertoire led her to major in keyboard instruments. After studying with Robert Kohnen in Brussels and Andreas Staier in Cologne, she completed her performance degree in harpsichord and clavichord in Hamburg with Gisela Gumz. The musician has set much of her focus on the revival of forgotten works, in particular compositions by female composers. She has recorded the sonatas by Anna Bon di Venezia on the Aeolus label. Anke Dennert is also a member of La Porta Musicale and Ensemble Obligat in Hamburg. She works with Toutes Suites in San Diego and several baroque orchestras. In 2016 she recorded Georg Philipp Telemann’s Solo Overtures on the Genuin label on a historical harpsichord by Christian Zell (Hamburg, 1728). Anke Dennert teaches historical keyboard instruments and figured bass at the Hamburg Conservatory and offers courses in early music.