Uta Pape, née Michels, was born into a musical family in Mainz, Germany. She received her first violin lessons with her father Egmont Michels at the age of five and later continued with Dorothee Birke in Frankfurt and Maria Egelhof in Mainz. She gained orchestral experience as the concertmaster of Rhineland-Palatinate’s State Youth Orchestra and as a member of the Germany’s Federal youth Orchestra.
Uta Pape completed her studies with Michael Gaiser and Andreas Krecher at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Düsseldorf and took part in master classes with Yfrah Neaman, Ulf Hoelscher and Hermann Krebbers. Her studies with David Takeno in London were of particular importance to her. Since then, she has recorded for radio broadcast and performed at major European music festivals as a soloist and orchestra musician. From early on, Uta Pape has been committed to historically informed performance on period instruments, collaborating with artists such as Helga Thoene, Monica Hugget, Jesper Christensen and Reinhard Goebel. In 2004, she completed a post-graduate diploma in baroque violin under Thomas Albert at the Academy of Ancient Music in Bremen.
Uta Pape has been a member of the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra since 2001. She also per- forms with well-known baroque ensembles and teaches master classes for violin and baroque violin.