Born in Pretoria / South Africa, French and Belgian citizenship, permanent residence in Vienna since 1989. Since 1995, Joëlle Bouffa teaches at the Institute for Singing and Musical Theater at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Training for solo piano, chamber music and vocal accompaniment at the "Conservatoire Royal de Liège" (with Bernard Foccroulle, Henri Pousseur, Marcelle Mercenier and Philippe Pierlot). Stipendiantin the Chapelle Royale Reine Elizabeth in Waterloo / Brussels (at Wieslaw Szlachta) and London (with Peter Feuchtwanger and Marina Horak). In the years 1985 to 1989 she worked as a pianist with the contemporary chamber ensemble "Musiques Nouvelles" and the Philharmonie de Liège. Schoenberg's "Gurrelieder" aroused their interest in working with the instrument "voice" and with singers. As a result, she was a pianist of chamber vocal ensemble "Forlane" (Répertoire the 19th and 20th century).
Further studies for song accompaniment with Geoffrey Parsons (London), Dalton Baldwin (Nice), Erik Werba, Walter Moore and Norman Shetler (all Vienna). Concerts in Belgium, Germany, England, France, Holland, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Austria. Participation in the Festival de Flandres (Antwerp), Midi Minimes (Brussels), Festival de Musique Contemporain (Strasbourg), Festival de Stavelot , Festival Nuits Musicales (Liege), Festucal de Wratislavia Cantans (Wroclaw / Poland) and the Beethoven Festival in Bonn. Appearances on radio (France Musique, RTBF, BRT, ORF, etc.)