Voice & Keyboard
Michaela Riener is a dedicated advocate of contemporary music and works closely with composers. In 2006, she joined the well-known new music group ELECTRA, a virtuoso four-member ensemble that has performed in festivals and venues throughout the world.
Recent solo engagements include performances of works by Steve Reich and Hanns Eisler with the Asko Ensemble and Louis Andriessen’s “La Passione” at Prague Spring Festival 2008 and the Birmingham Frontiers Festival 2010. With Ensemble Klang, she performed Martijn Padding’s work “Speculum inversum” at festivals in the Czech Republic and in The Netherlands. Under the direction of David Robertson, Riener soloed in Louis Andriessen’s work TAO, together with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Michaela Riener was recently collaborating with New York-based composer Michael Gordon and the dance company EmioGreco / PC in “Popopera”, with performances in the Holland Festival and worldwide.
A versatile artist, Michaela Riener is constantly expanding her vocabulary and technique. Her passion for chamber music has led to her involvement in several unique ensembles, including the Austrian Early Music group Calamus Consort , Trio Luscinia and the Belgium vocal quartet Encantar , all three ensembles focusing on historical performance practice. Since 2009 she is specialising in Baroque Gesture. She regularly performs together with the Huelgas Ensemble, the Egidius College, Cappella Amsterdam and De Nederlandse Bachvereniging.
The Austrian vocalist Michaela Riener was trained from an early age as a pianist and flutist. Recipient of a prestigious scholarship from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, she received her Master’s Degree in pedagogy in 2004. She received her Bachelors Degree in Classical Singing (2008) and her Master’s Degree in Early Music Singing (2010) from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, studying with Gerda van Zelm, Jill Feldman, Michael Chance, and Peter Kooij.