Dörte Wetzel began studying violin at the age of eight and was soon accepted into the Academy of Music in East Berlin, where she studied with Eberhard Feltz. She concluded her studies with an additional year as a soloist with the university orchestra. After graduating she was engaged as a violinist in the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and as a teacher at the Academy of Music in Berlin.
During her studies she was active with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and soon became one of the orchestra’s permanent members. She studied baroque technique with Eduard Melkus and Ingrid Seifert. Alongside her numerous recordings with the Akademie, Dörte Wetzel worked together with Midori Seiler, Anke Hermann, and the Boreas Ensemble in a recording on the KammerTon label. Titled Lust und Leben, the CD features the music of Pachabel, Erlebach, and other composers.