Barbara Höfling

My Journey

I grew up in Hanover, where I began my Musical studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater as a violinist and conductor, then later as a singing pupil of professor Gerhard Faulstich. I continued my studies with Anna Reynolds in Bayreuth and later with Bernarda Fink.

Concerts in Lied, Oratorio and Opera have taken me all over Germany, as well as to New York (Carnegie Hall), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Vienna (Musikverein), Paris, Madrid and Monaco.

My first CD, featuring songs by Schumann, Schubert and Fauré won me the Supersonic Award. In the same year NDR Radio recorded and broadcast my recording of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Zemlinsky’s Maiblumen in their Chamber Music Series. Further recordings include a CD with Chamber Music by Mahler, Mussorgsky and Hindemith and a CD of the Galgenlieder by Sophia Gubaidulina.

As well as a singer, I am the Music Director of the Deutscher Chor London and Associate Choral Director of the London Symphony Chorus which allowed me to work as Chorus Master for conductors such as Simon Rattle, François Xavier Roth, Kevin John Edusi, Lionel Sow and others and work with orchestras such as Chineke! (for the Proms 2022), The London Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. 

With my singing background I have a keen interest in healthy singing for amateur choral singers, vocal technique that is tailored to choirs that face the challenges of demanding repertoire and a choral sound and blend that derives naturally from healthy voices.

See more about my work on the Projects page