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Emma Kirkby


Emma Kirkby was born in Cambridge, England, in 1949. While studying classical philology in Oxford, she was already taking voice lessons under Jessica Cash, but initially sang only for pleasure in choirs and small groups. As a member of the Taverner Choir she made recordings at a time when it was not yet usual to adapt the soprano voice to early music instruments. She is in demand worldwide as a performer and is considered to be the voice of early music. She has won almost every important prize, including the Händel prize and Her Majesty’s Medal for Music; she was awarded a DBE and an honorary doctorate at Oxford.

Course description

I am very much looking forward to teaching in Neuburg again. My course is aimed at trained vocal soloists who are interested in chamber music, in vocal duets and trios and with instrumentalists. In recent years at the academy I have been particularly grateful for the many good lute players from Jakob Lindberg's course. They give our singers the rare opportunity to further develop their expressive, dramatic and rhetoric techniques in a creative atmosphere. Experience of singing is a condition of participation in this master course and applicants may be required to demonstrate this by submitting an audio sample in advance.

For further details of this please contact Marina Gloßner (Tel. 08431 55-234)