The musical direction of barockwerk hamburg lies in the hands of Israeli conductor and harpsichordist, Ira Hochman. She studied piano and accompaniment at the Rubin Academy in Tel-Aviv and Manhattan School of Music in New York.
Ms. Hochman studied harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, and conducting with Prof. Ralf Weikert at the Conservatory of the Arts in Bern.
Since 1996 she has been engaged at the International Opera Studio in Zurich, the Frankfurt Opera, and the Hamburg State Opera, where she had her conducting debut in April 2005 with Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia. She has been working as a freelance conductor and harpsichordist since 2006.
Her interest in Baroque music was awakened many years ago, which later resulted in an intense collaboration with the conductor and Baroque specialist, Alessandro de Marchi.
She has performed as a harpsichordist in productions with the Opéra National de Lyon, the Hamburg State Opera, the Theater an der Wien, the Orchestra, „Catherine the Great“ in St. Petersburg and the Academia Montis Regalis in Turin, in the operas from G.F. Händel ("Alcina", "Giulio Cesare in Egitto"), R. Keiser ("Der lächerliche Prinz Jodelet"), J. Mattheson ("Boris Goudenow") and C. Monteverdi ("L’incoronazione di Poppea"," L’Orfeo"), among others.