Born in Stadthagen, Germany, in 1966, Barbara Halfter studied violin at the Hannover University or Music and Drama with Atila Aydintan from 1987 until 1992. After graduating she went to the University of Tel Aviv, where she studied with Yair Kless at the Rubin Academy from 1993 until 1995. Parallel to her musical studies she studied biology and German language and literature.
At the Hannover University’s Studio für Alte Musik, led by Lajos Rovatkay, she started to gain experience in the performance of early music and the baroque violin. She was a member of the ensemble Capella Agostino Steffani before moving to Berlin in 2000.
Barbara Halfter has performed with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin since 1993 and is one of the orchestra’s permanent members. She also is a regular guest with the Berliner Barock Compagney when the ensemble performs larger projects. With both groups she has toured Europe as well as Japan, the Middle East, and North and South America and has participated in recordings on the harmonia mundi and Capriccio labels.