Born in Weimar, I began my musical education at the local conservatory Franz Liszt and later completed a conducting degree at the music conservatory Hanns Eisler in Berlin. I also attended master classes by Arvid Jansons, Kurt Masur, and others. I have been active as a conductor in Germany and Austria since 1984. After my time as Kapellmeister at the theaters in Erfurt und Plauen, I was the Musikdirektor of the Landestheater Niederoesterreich St. Poelten from 1991 to 2001. I also led the extra choir of the Vienna State Opera.
Guest Conducting led me to the Austrian Operettafestival in Bad Ischl and Bad Hall. I have also been in China multiple times leading the Wuhan Symphonic Orchestra as well as concert tours. Between 2002 and 2006, I collaborated with the Vienna Boys Choir, and I performed with them in numerous concerts and tours as both conductor and accompanist. In 2004, I became musical director of the Hamburger Kammeroper. Until 2008, I arranged multiple operas as chamber works for them, all of which are published with Ricordi.
Alongside those commitments, I have worked at the Salzburger Osterfestspiele, Wiener Festwochen, Acadmia Vocalis Tirol, sat on the jury panel at the International Vienna Hans Gabor Belvedere Voice Competition, and was the Artistic Director of the Nico-Dostal-Competition. I have collaborated closely with voice pedagogue Prof. Olga Hofmann and, as initiator of the Hugo-Wolf-Competition Perchtoldsdorf 2002, with Hans Hotter and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. For many years I have been sharing my experience in opera, operetta, and Lied with young singers. I have done so at the Hamburg Conservatory, but also internationally in workshops and academia including the University of Memphis, the University of North Carolina, the Duke University, as professor at the Jining University Qufu/China, in Slovenia, and in the Steiermark.
Catharina Lühr was born in Hamburg and received her education as Diplom Rhytmikerin at the Hamburg Konservatorium. She also studied contemporary dance and choreography at the Centre International de la Danse in Paris. She later worked in Hamburg and Paris as freelance dancer. Since the 1990s, Catharina Lühr has been a free choreographer and worked at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, in Bayreuth, for the Salzburg Festival, at the Scala of Milan, at the opera house of Zurich, at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, at the Styriarte in Graz, at the opera Amsterdam, at the Theater an der Wien, in Madrid, and in Berlin. She worked with directors such as Jürgen Flimm, Andrea Breth, Christoph Marthaler, and Katharina Thalbach, as well as conductors Nikolaus Hanoncourt, Riccardo Muti, and Daniel Barenboim
Ève-Marie Labrie-Loiselle first studied musical theater at Cégep Lionel-Groulx in Canada and thereafter classical singing at Université Laval. She employed her leadership and capacity to support the development of artists in the following projects: coordinator of the variety show “Cabaret Rose” (Eastman/Canada), assistant stage director at “Opera Barga Festival” (Barga, Italy) and at “Universität der Künste“ (Berlin/Germany), stage director for concerts of “Tempêtes et Passions” (Québec/Canada) and choreographer at “Deutsche Oper” (Berlin/Germany). In summer 2015, she was the manager of the artistic office for the “Festival Junger Künstler” (Bayreuth/Germany) where she also gave acting workshops.
As an acting coach, she puts the main emphasis of her work on the body and movements so that they meld totally with the words and the music. The body, as an instrument of expression, can conquer the stage and enables individual acting notes.