Cordula Bürgi

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Born and raised in Switzerland, conductor Cordula Bürgi initially studied violin at the Lucerne Academy of Music. She continued her musical training with conducting and singing at the Basel Academy of Music. As a child she played in various youth orchestras and chamber music ensembles, and quickly developed a passion for both early and modern music. In 2008 she became the musical director of the Mädchenkantorei Basel. As well as developing the talents of the various choir ensembles, she also oversaw numerous concerts and theatre productions at the Theater Basel. As a chorus master she was engaged by the Berlin State Opera (for performances of Beat Furrer's opera Violetter Schnee), the Graz Opera, and the SWR Vokalensemble, among others. In 2014 she moved to Vienna and founded Cantando Admont, an ensemble dedicated to performances of both early and new music. Under her direction, this ensemble swiftly gained a reputation for excellence in Europe, and has performed at renowned festivals including the Salzburg Festival, Bayreuth Festival, Acht Brücken Festival Cologne, Munich Biennale, Klangspuren Schwaz, Wien Modern, Musikfestival Bern, ZeitRäume Basel, and the Mahler Festival Toblach, and in opera houses such as the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and the Onassis Center Athens. A staged production at the Zurich Opera is planned for 2025. In addition to her work with Cantando Admont, she also conducts various European instrumental ensembles such as KNM Berlin and Ensemble Phace Vienna.

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