Simone Eckert studied with Ingrid Stampa at the Hamburg College of Music and with Hannelore Mueller and Jordi Savall at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. She received her early music diploma in 1990 and founded the Hamburger Ratsmusik in 1991. She has additionally been lecturing at the Hamburg Conservatory since 1992 and conducts viola da gamba seminars at various institutions in Germany and England. As an editor of early music, she has published with Dovehouse Editions, New York, the Merseburger Verlag, Kassel and other publishing houses. She regularly works at the Hamburg Staatsoper and performs as soloist and ensemble leader throughout Germany, in numerous European countries and in Japan. The several period instruments she plays include a viola da gamba made in about 1730 by Johann Christian Hoffmann, an instrument maker and friend of Johann Sebastian Bach in Leipzig, a seven-stringed viola da gamba made in Prague in about 1740, a descant viola da gamba made in Nürnberg in 1719 by Leonhard Maussiell, and a pardessus de viole by Francois Gavinis made in Paris in 1748.
Ulrich Wedemeier initially studied the guitar with Klaus Hempel at the College of Music and Drama, Hanover, going on to study instruments of the lute family with Stephen Stubbs. In addition to his international concert activities as a soloist and with celebrated early music ensembles, he regularly makes radio and CD recordings. Ulrich Wedemeier is much sought after by many opera houses. A specialist in historic guitars, he plays on rare period instruments.
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.