Ulrike Mayer-Spohn
Winner of the competition (Trio category)


Extraordinary diversity characterizes the composer and multi-instrumentalist Ulrike Mayer-Spohn: recorder (focus contemporary music) as well as historic string instruments (baroque violin and fiddle).

She studied composition and audio designs with Erik Oña at the Studio für Elektronische Musik and the Hochschule für Musik in Basel. First compositions from 2007, comissions by Festival Forum Wallis; International New Music Days Shanghai; Chaotic Moebius; Ensemble Inverspace and UmeDuo. Her works are performed by Stuttgarter Vocalsolisten; Ensemble Phoenix Basel; Vertigo; DissonArt; L’Arsenale; Cool a cappella (first prize world choir games (2008) and her own Ensemble Ums ‘n Jip in Switzerland, France, Greece, Italy, Russia, Australia, USA and China, conducted by Beat Furrer, Mark Foster, Tsung Yeh, Jürg Henneberger and Filippo Perocco.

Second prize at the composition competition Culturescapes (2010); second prize at the composition competition Musikfestivals Bern (2011), Scholarship Award (2011); Music Village Mount Pelion Greece, Call for Scores Award L’Arsenale-Treviso (2011); finalist MATA Wettbewerb (2013); Finalist Trabant-Ausschreibung Ensemble Phoenix; first prize at the composition competition London Ear (2016). Since November 2013 Ulrike Mayer-Spohn runs the research project “Recorder Map” and “Recorderology” at FHNW Basel, together with Keitaro Takahashi.

As recorderplayer Ulrike Mayer-Spohn studied with Ulrike Mauerhofer at Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, with Conrad Steinmann und Corina Marti at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Afterwards she specialized in contemporary music and continued her studies with Dorothea Winter at Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag; specialized Master contemporary Performance at HSM Basel bei Jürg Henneberger, Marcus Weiss und Mike Svoboda; Masterclasses with Marion Verbruggen, Peter van Heyghen, Sebastien Marq und Gerd Lünenbürger. She studied Baroque violin and viola with Martina Graulich and David Plantier, fiddle with Randal Cook in Basel.

Ulrike Mayer-Spohn works together with worldwide leading composers and premiers more than 20 works each year, which she records for Swiss radio as well as for VDE Gallo. Together with the Swiss composer and singer Javier Hagen she founded the experimental ensemble for contemporary music Ums ‘n Jip for voice, recorder and electronics. Ums ‘n Jip is next to Ensemble Modern, Intercontemporain and Kronos one of the most active ensembles all over the world and won the prestigious scholarship of MusicPro in 2011. Since 1999 Ulrike Mayer-Spohn plays as recorderplayer or violinist in ensembles specialized in early music such as Amsterdam Barok Compagnie, Freitagsakademie, Collegium Musicum Stuttgart, La Chapelle Ancienne, Musica Poetica, Muscadin and La Morra and gives concerts all over the world.