Kerstin Turnheim, BA BA MA

Lecturer in Singing

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

Kerstin Turnheim teaches singing and vocal design as a senior lecturer at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, works as a singer in operas, operettas, oratorios and concerts, and is also doing research in the field of vocal pedagogy as part of a dissertation project.

Born in Haag am Hausruck/Upper Austria, she completed her extensive studies at the Mozarteum University Salzburg: solo singing (Ingrid Janser-Mayr), Lied und Oratorium (Thérèse Lindquist), vocal pedagogy (Norbert Prasser) with a focus on flute (Marianne Geise), music education, as well as English and American studies at Paris Lodron University. From 2011 to 2016 he studied privately with the well-known singing teacher Helena Łazarska in Vienna, as well as numerous master classes in Sicily, London, Salzburg and Vienna with Peter Schreier, Jack LiVigni, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner and Gerd Uecker, among others. 2020 she studied advanced training in Estill Voice Training Level 1 & 2 with Corinne Mager in Vienna. Teaching as a singing and music teacher at various educational institutions: e.g. Department for Music Education Mozarteum Innsbruck, ULG Children and Youth Choir Direction University Mozarteum Salzburg, Landesmusikschulwerk Upper Austria, BRG Vienna and Linz.

Music theater engagements have taken her to the Musiktheater Linz, the Graz Opera, the Theater an der Rott Eggenfelden, the autumn days of the Blindenmarkt or the Dschungel - Theater for Young Audiences Vienna (premiere). She did collaboration with directors such as Carlus Padrissa (La Fura dels Baus), Robert Wilson, André Turnheim, Isabella Gregor and Philipp Stemann. Parts like Mother and Witch in Hansel and Gretel E. Humperdinck, Disinganno in Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno G.F. Handel, Flora and Annina in La Traviata G. Verdi, Métella in Pariser Leben J. Offenbach, Isabella in Boccaccio F.v. Suppé, Dido in Dido and Aeneas H. Purcell, Stephano in Roméo et Juliette Ch. Gounod etc. as well as numerous world premieres (including Moritz Eggert, Gunter Waldek) and projects with contemporary, experimental music theater.

She also did cross-genre projects such as the chamber music ensemble Holz & Diva or the vocal ensemble Company of Music by Johannes Hiemetsberger (including Little Match Girl Passion by David Lang published by Gramola). Performances at festivals such as La Toison D'Art Paris (Brahms Requiem), Mattseer Diabelli Summer (Lied), Herbsttöne Festival Salzburg (Boccherini Stabat Mater), St. Gellert Music Festival Szeged/Hungary (Pergolesi Stabat Mater) or the Festival of Polish Music Krakow (Penderecki Credo). She did collaboration with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Junge Philharmonie Warsaw, the Hyperion Ensemble Salzburg, the Salzburg Bach Society, the Orchestra 1756 Vienna, the Bavarian Police Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra Graz and the Association of the Vienna State Opera Choir. She performed in important concert halls and opera houses such as the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Wiener Konzerthaus or the large Salzburg Festival Hall. She did church music in Salzburg, Linz, Vienna and Munich as well as Radio and TV recordings.