Michi Gaigg

Biography

was born in Schörfling at the Attersee. She was strongly influenced by Nikolaus Harnoncourt during her violin studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum and subsequently continued studies of the Baroque violin with Ingrid Seifert and Sigiswald Kuijken. In 1983 she founded her first Baroque orchestra, L’Arpa Festante Munich (direction until 1995). In 1996 Michi Gaigg founded the L’Orfeo Barockorchester together with the recorder and oboe player Carin van Heerden. Under her direction the orchestra has established itself as one of the leading ensembles in historically informed performance practice and has repeatedly been awarded various prizes for its CD recordings. Michi Gaigg’s pedagogical career started in 1987 at the Conservatoire National de Strasbourg amid extensive activities as instrumentalist and conductor. She changed to the Institute for Early Music at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz in 1994 where she taught until 2017. In 2003 she took on the position of artistic director of the donauFESTWOCHEN in Strudengau for which she has been awarded the “Grosser Bühnenkunstpreis” and the “Kulturmedaille” of the province of Upper Austria. Michi Gaigg was awarded the Heinrich-Gleissner-Prize in 2016.

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