1991 – 1994 Training as a breathing, speaking and voice teacher according to Schlaffhorst-Andersen
1994 Examination as state-certified breathing, speaking and voice teacher
1995 – 1996 Further training as a sound technician
1996 – 2001 Vocal studies with Prof. Maria Kowollik
2001 Examination diploma pedagogy singing
2003 New vocal music with Georges Aperghis
1999 Singing and acting with Renato Grünig, shakespeare company Bremen
1997 – 2001 Bodywork according to Moshe Feldenkrais with Harry Contompasis
2007 advanced training in dubbing with Peter Minges
2021 Project funds Oldenburgische Landschaft and Wirtschaftsförderung Oldenburg for the video-installation Kehrseite (Reverse Side)
I have completed trainings as singing, breathing, speaking and voice teacher according to Schlaffhorst-Andersen and as sound technician and bring many years of professional experience in teaching and practice. This includes teaching assignments and workshops at universities in Hamburg (HfMT), Hanover (HMTM), Bremen (Uni and HfK) and Berlin (Hochschule Ernst Busch). As a singer I am mainly involved in contemporary, improvised, but also in popular music. As a soloist I have performed at renowned festivals, including Edingburgh Festival, Ruhrtriennale, Holland Festival, Maerzmusik and Music Festival Istanbul.
In my teaching I incorporate both my musical knowledge and my knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the voice. I also offer separate lectures on this subject. The keywords mindfulness, kinesthesia, sensitization of the perception, as well as the separate training of all distinct components involved in the singing voice, are particularly important to me. Through this, a dissolution of possibly hindering patterns can be made possible. In the lessons I like to use exercises according to the principles of Moshe Feldenkrais, but also, if suitable, exercises from the further development of Method Acting by Eric Morris. I also offer training on special voice requirements, such as fine-tuning articulation tools, balancing vocal coloration in German as a foreign language, vocal effects in pop singing, singing with different types of microphones, imitation of accents, help with urgent voice problems, and singing while accompanying oneself with an instrument.
As a voice coach, I have been used repeatedly in theater, dance and vocal productions since 2015, for example as a coach for overtone singing in „Stimmung“ by Karlheinz Stockhausen (Gaudeamus Festiv. 2018) or as a coach for screaming performers in the production „Schlagsahne“ (Kampnagel Hamburg season opening 2020), as well as a voice coach for „THE SPACE BETWEEN“ (dance funding by Elbkulturfonds 2021).
My professional experience and knowledge as a sound technician/sound engineer flow into the design and conception of vocal recordings. I am familiar with the entire process of both studio and live productions and am up to date with the latest technical developments. In this context I had the opportunity to work as the sound engineer responsible for the opening of the Ruhrtriennale 2016 „Alceste“ with Johan Simons (director) and René Jacobs (musical director).
As a sound designer and composer, I create immersive playbacks for theater and video installations in combination with my vocals and other instruments. These works can currently be seen at the Kunstmuseum Bonn (from May 2021: Redepausen– Auschwitz Prozesse), at the Oldenburg Staatstheater (BallettCompagnie: Kunst der Fuge). In Oldenburg’s pedestrian zone I created the auditory part of the project „Loge“ and a video-project with the BalletCompagnie Oldenburg shown in shopping windows. The projects are mixed immersively, so that a three-dimensional sound impression is created.