Renate Steinmann studied violin (under Nora Chastain) and viola (under Wendy Enderle) at the Conservatorium of Winterthur and Zurich, where she earned her degree with high distinction honours. She began exploring historical performance practice already during her student days, and was able to draw inspiration from John Holloway and Thomas Hengelbrock during master classes. As an orchestral musician, she has worked with several renowned conductors including William Christie, Christopher Hogwood and Giovanni Antonini. Ms Steinmann studied under Elisabeth Wallfisch in London for several years where she rounded out her education in baroque and classical repertoire.
She and Rudolf Lutz look back on more than 20 years of artistic collaboration, ranging from chamber music to leading choirs and training orchestras.
Since the foundation of the J.S Bach Foundation of St. Gallen in the autumn of 2006, Renate Steinmann has been orchestra leader and was in charge of forming the string section. Alongside these responsibilities, her work at the Foundation involves leading orchestra rehearsals and editing the performance recordings with Rudolf Lutz and sound editor Stefan Ritzentaler.
Renate Steinman was able to gain theatre experience during a project with Christoph Marthaler at the Schauspielhaus Zürich (Golden Age, 2003). She is orchestra leader of the Zürcher Barockorchester and plays in a variety of Swiss orchestras, including La Scintilla at the Zurich Opera House. In addition to her diverse career as a performer, Ms Steinmann teaches violin, viola and chamber music at the high school in Wettingen, Aargau.