Irene Kurka


Irene Kurka is a multifaceted soprano.

She received many awards and scholarships. She sings recitals, opera and oratorio throughout Germany, Europe and the United States.

Within the realm of contemporary music, she is in great demand; many composers (Eggert, Corbett, Weeks, Muntendorf, Frey, Kampe, Seither, Brass, Beuger, Pisaro etc.) wrote and dedicated new creative output for her to perform as well as record.

She has premiered over 240 pieces. Since 2009 Irene Kurka has focused intensively on the repertory for unaccompanied voice (Hildegard von Bingen, Nono, Berio, Cage, Bauckholt, Brass, Beuger, Stäbler, etc.).


In April she successfully started the first independent podcast for new music: “neue musik leben”, cooperating with the nmz. Concerts with Hezarfen Ensemble Istanbul, e-mex, musikFabrik, notabu, Wandelweiser, Ensemble Garage.

She performed at Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Konzerthaus Berlin, IGNM Basel, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, L’auditori Barcelona, Theater Dortmund, Arte Biennale Venedig, Musica Sacra Maastricht, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, Acht Brücken – Musik für Köln, Cafe Oto London, Counterflow Festival Glasgow, Muziek Biennale Niederrhein, A.DEvantgarde-Festival München and many others.


<< I was touched and moved when Yuval asked me to participate in Human Signs. It was in a time early in the corona-crises where I felt not creative at all. All creativity was dead in me and so it was so good for me to sing and be creative in this wonderful project. I had to learn a few technical things to proceed which is good. I enjoyed the meditative character because I meditate every day, during corona even more. So I am very thankful for this deep experience combining music and meditation and sharing it with the others singers and dancers.>>