Described as „most promising baroque cellist“ at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2012, Lea Rahel Bader pursues an active international career in the field of early music. She has appeared at international festivals such as Styriarte Graz, York Early Music Festival, Resonanzen Wien, International Bach Academy Stuttgart, Handel Festival in Göttingen and Halle, Festival de Lausanne and has performed with ensembles including Lautten Compagney, Freiburger Barockorchester, Akademie für Alte Musik, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the European Union Baroque Orchestra.

A sought-after continuo cellist and gamba player, Lea Rahel Bader has played for numerous CD and radio productions with deutsche harmonia mundi, Sony Music, WDR, BR, BBC and radio France. She is featured as soloist on a recording of a cello concerto by Domenico Lanzetti, which she recently rediscovered and recorded with the ensemble Teatro del Mondo under the direction of Andreas Küppers.

Lea Rahel Bader regularly performs music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and has commissioned and premiered many new compositions. She is a member of Ensemble UnitedBerlin, which collaborates intensively with conductor Vladimir Jurowsky and has been performing as Ensemble in Residence at the Konzerthaus Berlin for several years running. She was invited to contemporary music festivals in Korea, Milan, Alaska and Salzburg, and regularly participates in music theatre productions (e.g. with Helmut Oehring).

Both as a soloist and as a chamber musician Lea Rahel Bader has won prizes in various competitions including the XVIII Biagio Marini Competition in Neuburg (Donau) in 2017, the 2nd Berlin Bach Competition in 2016, the Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2012, and she received the Hanns-Eisler Prize for the interpretation of contemporary music in 2008.

Lea Rahel Bader teaches baroque cello and basso continuo practice for low strings at the Universität der Künste Berlin. She has taught violoncello at the Emanuel- Feuermann Conservatory of the Kronberg Academy and was invited to teach a masterclass at the Hochschule für Musik in Münster in 2017.

Having studied cello in Berlin with Matias de Oliveira Pinto and at the Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“ with Hans-Jakob Eschenburg and Stephan Forck, she received further inspiration from Claudio Bohórquez and Peter Bruns.

Later, she completed her degree in historically informed performance practice at the HfMDK in Frankfurt (Main), where she studied baroque cello with Kristin von der Goltz and Viola da Gamba with Heidi Gröger alongside artistic impulses from Phoebe Carrai, David Watkin, Jaap ter Linden and Paolo Pandolfo.

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Tabea Debus, recorder
Lea Rahel Bader, viola da gamba
Johannes Lang, harpsichord and organ
"A fascination emanates from the musicians' joy, winning new listeners for the genre of chamber music, which was proved by the enthusistic applause of their audience." - Armin Kansteiner →

Ensemble United Berlin

Ensemble in Residence at Konzerthaus Berlin
Vladimir Jurowski, conducting
"A highlight of this years' Maerzmusik!" - Kieler Nachrichten →

Dianthus Ensemble

Johanna Bartz, traverso
Lucia Giraudo, baroque violin
Dorothee Mühleisen, baroque violin
Lea Rahel Bader, baroque cello
Maria Busqué, harpsichord
"Alongside balanced playing, we were impressed by the sound and dynamic nuances... Rich applause at the historic venue for their musicianship." - Das Orchester Magazin →


Barbara Strozzi: Lagrime Mie
Dorothée Leclair, Lea Rahel Bader, Jory Vinikour, Yasunori Imamura

Johann Sebastian Bach: Köthener Trauermusik
Deutsche Hofmusik, Alexander Grychtolik

Tabea Debus - Upon a Ground
Tabea Debus, Lea Rahel Bader, Johannes Lang, Kohei Ota, Jan Croonenbroeck

Leonardo Vinci: Didone Abbandonata
Lautten Compagney, Wolfgang Katschner

Staats- und Domchor Berlin - Weihnachten aus dem Berliner Dom
Staats- und Domchor Berlin, Lautten Compagney

Georg Friedrich Händel: Neun Deutsche Arien
Ina Siedlaczek, Lautten Compagney, Wolfgang Katschner

Tabea Debus - Cantata Per Flauto
Tabea Debus, Hongxia Cui, Kerstin Fahr, Lea Rahel Bader, u.a.

Ann Hallenberg - Agrippina
Ann Hallenberg, Il Pomo d'Oro, Riccardo Minasi

Georg Friedrich Händel: Tamerlano
Max Emanuel Cencic, Xavier Sabata, Il Pomo d'Oro, Riccardo Minasi

Simon Borutzki - Bach All'Italiano
Simon Borutzki, Lea Rahel Bader, Magnus Andersson, Clemens Flick

Johann Sebastian Bach: Kantaten BWV 210a & 216a
Franz Vitzthum, Daniel Johannsen, Deutsche Hofmusik, Alexander Grychtolik

Napoli Galante
Robin Johannsen, Andreas Küppers, Teatro del Mondo

Juro Mětšk: Kammermusik
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