Voice

Born in Wiener Neustadt, early education in schools with music as emphasis; further education with diplomas in Voice, Voice Pedagogy (emphasis in choral conducting and musicology) and Solo Voice Performance in Vienna, graduate degree in Arts Management in Hamburg, Dr. Phil.  (doctoral thesis subject concerning the singer’s profession was granted the "Award of Excellence"), all degrees graduated with high honors; courses in Operetta, Church Music (organ) and Adult Education (Ludo-Hartmann-Award); Masterclasses and private lessons with Prof. Helga Meyer-Wagner, Prof. Cornelius Reid, Prof. Noelle Turner (musical theatre) und Prof. Sebastian Vittucci.

Voice type lyric baritone; first engagements at the Volksoper Vienna and the Salzburg Festival; present main focus on lied and oratorio, Performances as a soloist e.g. at the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Konzerthaus, MuTh, Radiokulturhaus Vienna, Ernst Krenek Forum Krems, Landesgalerie Linz, Konzerthaus Berlin and at the Alto Adige Festival; Oratorio repertoire including Matthäus-Passion, Musikalische Exequien (Schütz), Te Deum (Charpentier), The Messiah (Handel), Carmina Burana (Orff), numerous cantatas (Bach, Telemann), masses (Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Rossini, Dvořák) and requiems (Mozart, Brahms, Fauré); vast lied repertoire including works of Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Vaughan-Williams, Korngold, Poulenc, Křenek and Wellesz; premiere first performances, CD productions und radio transmissions; concerts with the pianists Nina Violetta Aichner, Margarete Babinsky, István Bonyhády, Sigurd Hennemann, Ines Schüttengruber, Darya Volkova, from 2019 with the guitarist Alexander Swete; opera, operetta and musical theatre productions, e.g. Die Fledermaus (Strauß) the role of Falke.

First pedagogical experiences as voice teacher at music schools in Lower Austria; later at the Vienna Conservatory in both departments Voice and Musical Theatre, pedagogy courses as well; since 2002 at the University of Music and Performing Arts (MDW) – Department for Voice, in 2014 awarded the title of Professor, courses given in research; various masterclasses in Austria (e.g. Austrian Master Classes), Slovenia, Japan, 2020 in the United Kingdom; continuous activities as researcher, lecturer and writer; studio manager and moderator.

Wide experience as head and member of academic boards, until 2012 freelance as artist manager and management of the Meisterklassen Gutenstein, until 2014 preparatory work for the foundation of an artistic private university; currently member of the senate (curia speaker) and the  board for programming Voice and Opera Directing at the MDW; Vice-President of the European Voice Teachers Association (EVTA), Board member of EVTA-Austria and chairman of the International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT) 2021 in Vienna; member of the boards of the Centre of Applied Musicology at Danube-University Krems (DUK) and the journals Vox humana and Australian Voice; lecturer in the field of music management (e.g. at DUK).

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