B i o g r a p h y
After the Matura with music as main subject at the Abbey School in Disentis, Switzerland, Quirina left for Antwerp, Belgium, where she studied English, German and Dutch at the University of Antwerp and started studying classical singing at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. When she got her MA in English literature and finished her teacher training, she returned to her hometown to teach languages and decided to start showing her singing skills, which brought her to participating in more Master Classes and getting new teachers with Jenny Drivala and Anne Williams-King. Quirina began doing projects and organizing concerts, which brought her the much-needed experience and showed her love of music to her audience.
"Without music, life would be a mistake" (F. Nietzsche)
Quirina started playing the piano and singing and never stopped. Then after studying languages and finding that H. C. Andersen's aphorism, "where the words fail, music speaks", is true, she finally decided to concentrate on her passion.
Since 2018 she increasingly appeared on the opera/theatre stage: first with the roles of Virtù and Damigella in Monteverdi’s «L’incorronazione di Poppea» (Hellenic Opera Corporation, Thessaloniki) and Despina in Mozart’s «Cosí fan tutte» (EMA, Teplice/Prague). Then she Quirina produced, directed and sang in «Musik-Pick-Nick», a music theatre she authored with the artist Gianin Conrad, in the woods near Chur, Switzerland.
In 2019 she recorded a CD of German Mozart arias she translated into Romansch that was released at the 100-year jubilee of the «Lia Rumantscha», the Romansch foundation of Switzerland, with another concert at the Monastery in Disentis/Mustér. That July Quirina enacted and sang the role of Adele in Johann Strauss’ «Bat» in English (Clyde Opera Group, Glasgow). Then in October she gave her debut on the theatre stage as Flavia Brent/Belinda Blair in Michael Frayns «Noises Off» in Domat/Ems.
In March 2020 Quirina was planned to be the druid in the premiere of the festival «der Fels und das Schwert» by Hanspeter Gschwend (author) and Martin Völlinger (composer) and act next to Hanspeter Müller-Drossaart at the Monastery in Disentis. This festival had to be postponed due to COVID-19.
Quirina has worked with various singers and teachers: Sumi Jo, Jenny Drivala, Anne Williams-King, Nuccia Focile, Inessa Galante, Eva Randová, Manolis Papasifakis, Francesca Patané, Anja Launhardt, Stephanie Friede, Eva Oltivanyi and John Norris.
Before taking up singing, she played the piano and the organ, starting piano lessons when only six. Quirina founded the label of Salon Bruch Stein, an experimental project combining art, theatre and singing.
This experiment evolved to a corporation with various artists and interesting performances. One is with the artist Gianin Conrad at his exhibitions «nur ein Ozean aus Impulsen» (2019, Kunstraum Engländerbau, Vaduz, Liechtenstein) and at the exhibition «KartonAge» (2019, Shedhalle, Frauenfeld).