Ute Lemper's career is vast and varied. She has made her mark on the stage, in films, in concert and as a unique recording artist on more than 30 CDs over 30 years of career. She has been universally praised for her interpretations of Berlin Cabaret Songs, of the works of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht and the Chansons of Marlene Dietrich, Édith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Léo Ferré, Jacques Prévert, Nino Rota, Astor Piazzolla, and many others, for her own compositions, as well as for her portrayals in musicals and plays on Broadway, in Paris, Berlin, and in London's West End.
Ute Lemper was born 1963 in Munster, Germany and completed her piano, dance, and theater studies at Cologne Dance Academy, the Max Reinhardt Seminary Drama School in Vienna as well as in Salzburg and Berlin. Countless musical roles in London, New York, Las Vegas, Berlin, and Vienna resulted in awards such as the French »Molière Award« (1986), and the »Olivier Award« (1998).
Maurice Béjart specifically created the ballet »La mort subite« for Ute Lemper, which had its world premiere in Paris in 1990. After several tours around the globe, Ute Lemper started turning to the big screen more often as well. In film, her many credits include »L'Autrichienne« (Pierre Granier-Deferre), »Prospero’s Books« (Peter Greenaway), »Moscow Parade« (Ivan Dykhovichny), »Prêt-à-Porter« (Robert Altman), »Bogus« (Norman Jewison) and the most recent releases, »Combat de fauves« (Benoît Lamy), »A River Made to Drown In« (James Merendino), and »Appetite« (George Milton). She has appeared on television in »Rage/Outrage«, »The Dreyfus Affair« (Arte), »Tales from the Crypt« (HBO), »Ute Lemper Sings Kurt Weill« (Bravo), and many others. In the last years, Ute Lemper has been touring the world with Lieder by Astor Piazzolla, Jacques Brel, and Hanns Eisler as well as with creations of her own. Simultaneously, she developed the stage show »Nomade« with Robert Carsen, which premiered to high acclaim at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in June 2003.
Furthermore, she launched a song project devoted to Charles Bukowski and was nominated for a »Grammy« for her CD: »Berlin Days/Paris Nights« with the Vogler Quartet and Stefan Malzew on Piano, featuring songs between love and war composed by Hans Eisler, Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel, Édith Piaf, and Astor Piazzolla, as well as folksongs in Yiddish and in Russian. The group did an extensive North American Tour in 2012.
In 2015, Ute Lemper completed her compositions »9 Secrets«. The album is a song cycle consisting of 9 songs, all based on the words of best-selling author Paulo Coelho’s book »Manuscript found in Accra«. The finished album is a poetic symphony of Coelho's words and combines various musical influences and genres.