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 start teaching various subjects - especially languages - at various schools. Then she finally decided to start showing her singing skills, which brought her to participating in more Master Classes and getting a new teacher with Jenny Drivala. Quirina began doing more projects and organizing concerts, which finally 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.
During the summer of 2018 she performed the roles of Virtù and Damigella in Monteverdi’s «L’incorronazione di Poppea» in Thessaloniki and the role of Despina in Mozart’s «Cosí fan tutte» atthe EMA in Teplice/Prague. Then in September 2018 Quirina directed and sang in «Musik-Pick-Nick», a music theatre she authored with the artist Gianin Conrad, in the woods near Chur. In January 2019 Quirina records a CD of German Mozart arias translated into Romansch, that will be released at the 100-year jubilee of the «Lia Rumantscha», the Romansch foundation of Switzerland.
Quirina has worked with various singers and teachers: Sumi Jo, Jenny Drivala, 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 is co-founder of the label Salon Bruch Stein, an experimental project combining art, theatre and classical singing: