The recorder virtuoso, ensemble director, conductor, festival artistic director and university professor Dorothee Oberlinger is indubitably one of the most influential celebrities in the sphere of Early Music and the recipient of many major awards, including the Echo Klassik, the Diapason d’or, the ICMA Award, the Opus Klassik (2020, Instrumentalist of the Year) and the Georg PhilippTelemann prize of the City of Magdeburg, which she received in 2020 as the first woman ever. In addition she has been given the Freedom of the City of her home city Simmern/Hunsrück. As a soloist she has worked since 2002 with Ensemble 1700, which she founded, also with renowned Baroque formations and orchestras such as the Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, the Antiqua Köln, the Arte del Mondo, the B’Rock Orchestra, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Academy of Ancient Music, the ensemble Al Ayre Español, the Arte dei Suonatori, the Ensemble Zefiro and the Concerto Köln. After studying in Cologne, Amsterdam and Milan (in the subjects of recorder, school music and German studies) she made her international debut in 1997 at the International Moeck Competition of the Society of Recorder Players in the London Wigmore Hall, where she won first prize.
Numerous invitations followed in major institutions of music, including the Grand Théâtre Bordeaux, the Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the KKL Lucerne, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Auditorio Nacional de Música Madrid, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Paris and the deSingel Antwerp. Besides her intensive engagement with Baroque music Dorothee Oberlinger is focusing increasingly on contemporary music; she participated among other things in the recording of the track Takl Makan for the album Touch Yello by the group Yello, released in 2009. Since 2004 she has taught as professor at the Salzburg Mozarteum University, where from 2008 to 2018 she directed the Institute of Early Music and built it up into one of the most celebrated institutions for historical performance practice. She is the artistic director (intendant) of two leading Early Music Festivals in Germany, the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival and the Bad Arolsen Baroque Festival. Since 2016 Dorothee Oberlinger as conductor of her Ensemble 1700 has realised regularly lauded opera projects: at the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, the Herne Tage für Alte Music, the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival, the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestpiele and “Musica Bayreuth” in the Markgräfliches Opernhaus in Bayreuth. Her first, multi-awarded opera recording with Giovanni Battista Bononcini’s Polifemo was released in 2020 by Sony DHM. In 2021 she is guesting for the first time at the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival.