Born in the Rhoen Valley in Thueringen, Germany, Annette Markert later finished her education and vocal training at the Leipzig School of Music «Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy». She was quickly engaged by the opera houses of Halle and Leipzig. A free-lance artist since 1996, she has achieved international acclaim in concert and opera performances with ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic under direction of Kurt Masur ,the Vienna Philharmonic under Philippe Herreweghe, and the Bach Academy Stuttgart under Helmut Rilling to name a few. Under the direction of Sir Roger Norrington she was heard in London with Bach's B-Minor Mass in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Bach's death. Annette Markert has achieved acclaim in her interpretations of title roles in Handel operas such as Floridante, Rinaldo, Orest and Giulio Cesare. With these successes she was honored with the coveted Handel Prize from the city of Halle twice.