Simone Eckert ~ Viola da gamba and Diskant-Viola da GambaAt the age of eight, when asked what she wanted to be Simone Eckert answered: "gamba player". Ignoring the warning that she should get a "proper job" she lives and works as a freelance musician in Hamburg.
She studied at the Musikhochschule Hamburg and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensiswith H. Mueller and J. Savall. She finished her studies in 1990 with a diploma in early music.
In 1991 she founded the ensemble Hamburger Ratsmusik. She has taught, since 1992 at the Hamburger Konservatorium and holds seminars on the viola da gamba in both Germany and England.
Apart from the repertoire of the renaissance, baroque and early classics she also concentrates on modern music for the viol.
A large number of works have been dedicated to her and performed by her for the first time. She performs as a soloist, ensemble leader and lecturer in Germany, other European countries an Japan.