Annette Bauer is a recorder player and multi-instrumentalist. Born and raised in Germany, she holds a diploma in medieval and Renaissance music from the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland (2001), and an MA in music from the University of California in Santa Cruz (2004).

From 2001-2012 she called the San Francisco Bay area her home. There, she studied North Indian classical music on sarode, a 24-stringed lute, with her teacher Ali Akbar Khan, and performed and recorded with early music groups all over the United States, including Piffaro, Texas Early Music Project, Magnificat, medieval ensemble Cançonièr, Baroque ensemble Les Graces, and Farallon Recorder Quartet, as well as her own modal crossover project The Lost Mode. From 2012-2020, she spent eight years touring the world as a musician for the Cirque du Soleil show TOTEM.

Annette is now making a new home with her partner and young daughter in Montréal. She is currently sharing her love of music by offering online instruction to students of all ages in her private studio, including an ongoing class on 14th-16th-century notation through Amherst Early Music, as well as teaching workshops for the American Recorder Society. In 2023, Annette became the new director for the recorder workshop of the San Francisco Early Music Society. In 2024, she will also serve as the music director for NAVRS, the North American Virtual Recorder Society.

In Montreal, Annette has collaborated with choreographer Sarah Dell’Ava, and performed with medieval Ensemble Scholastica. In the early spring of 2023, Annette spent six weeks as returning recorder resident at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon, where she composed and improvised music inspired by the visual beauty of nature, and worked on her pipe and tabor, double recorder, and bagpipe skills. The same season, she was also selected to participate in the WestBen performer-composer residency in Ontario. She is also on the roster of ELAN (English Language and Arts Network) as a teaching artist working with students in the Quebec school system.

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