STEPHANIE GURGA

PIANO

Performing on :
2024

Originally from Illinois (USA), Stephanie Gurga is a keyboard player who also works as an orchestra and choir director. She studied piano, organ, harpsichord and piano in Paris and Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany) as well as in Indiana (USA). She is regularly invited to perform as a soloist in concerts by Mozart, Bach and american composers. Her musical encounters have led her to collaborate with various orchestras such as the Hastings Philharmonic, the Prague Symphonic Ensemble, the Valéik Philharmonik, the Orchester de Chambre de Gensac. Passionate as much about contemporary music as she is about opera, she conducted the Swiss premiere of “Laïka, the space dog”, an opera by Hepplewhite, at the New Oper in Friborg (NOF). Subsequently to Vevey “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat”, a work by Nyman, at the Théatre L’Oriéntal. In 2023, she is NOF guest conductor for “Ms. Maggot by Donnithorne” and “Whisper” by David Lang. Currently, she is also active as a composer of electronic music, with a sophisticated crossover of continuous bass accompaniment techniques from the baroque and classical musical tradition mixed with synthesizer technology as the new harmonic language of the present time. This project, “TechnosArias”, is created in close collaboration with mezzo-soprano Annina Haug and baritone Christian Immler, with the support of the Ensemble Valéik. Resident in Switzerland since 2010, she is a teacher for repertoire with piano at the Haute Ecole de Musique Vaud-Valais-Fribourg, as well as the titular organist of Saint Guérin.

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