Stephanie Gurga, biography
Stephanie Gurga, a versatile musician, performs on piano, harpsichord, organ and fortepiano. She studied piano at DePauw University in Indiana (USA) with Claude Cymerman, then at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris, finally specializing in early music at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. In 2009, she graduated with an Artist's Diploma in harpsichord performance, having studied with Professor Dr. Robert Hill. In 2012, she completed her Master of Music in fortepiano performance, with the unanimous congratulations of the jury. At the same time, she had the privilege of additional studies in accompaniment of lied and opera with renowned professors like René Jacobs, Helmut Deutsch and Jendrik Springer (Wiener Staatsoper).
Invited by various festivals of international renown, she has participated in numerous concerts as a soloist or in chamber music ensembles. She performed at the Palacìos das Artes (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), the National Music Museum (South Dakota, USA), the Ritratti festival (Italy), the Ticino Musica Festival Lugano (Switzerland), the Orecchio di Giano de Rome (Italy), the Lauenen Chamber Concerts (Switzerland), the Associazione Mozart (Italy), the Swiss Chamber Concerts, the Grange Concert Series (Christ Church, Great Britain) (Johannesburg, South Africa), the Artists Festival in Istanbul (Turkey), the National Concert Hall (Taiwan) and the Schloss Bad Krozingen (Germany).
In 2010, Stephanie Gurga was engaged as an accompanist at the HEMU "Vaud-Valais-Friborg" in Lausanne and Sion (Switzerland). In 2012, she was appointed Assistant Musical Director at the Woodhouse Opera (Surrey, England), annually coaching and leading performances of a number of baroque operas.
She is regularly invited to play continuo for orchestras (Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, European Concert, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Orquesta), under the direction of conductors such as John Nelson, Paul Goodwin and Michael Hofstetter.
She collaborates with choirs such as Laudate Deum (Lausanne) and Neuer Basler Kammerchor (Basel). Stephanie Gurga is also organist at the Church of Saint-Guérin and Sacré Coeur in Sion (Switzerland). In 2016, she recorded with DakApp the three sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord by J. S. Bach with the violist Diemut Poppen.