GERD KENDA Bass
GERD KENDA was born in Klagenfurt, and studied music education, singing and voice education at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz.
He completed courses in interpretation with Josef Mertin, Andrew Parrott and Norman Shetler.
On several occasions he was a finalist in international singing competitions (in 1988 at the Bachwettbewerb Leipzig, and in 1990 at the Schubertwettbewerb Graz).
Engagements have led him to international festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the styriarte in Graz, the Festwochen der Alten Musik in Innsbruck, the festival Resonanzen in the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Spring Music Festival in Budapest, the Dresden Music Festival, the Lucerne Festival, to the Tage Neuer Musik in Zurich and to the Salzburg Whitsun Festival.
As a soloist in opera he has appeared in productions of the steirischer herbst and at the Opera House in Graz (Narzissus by Beat Furrer, Moses und Aron by Arnold Schönberg). He works with ensembles such as Ars Antiqua Austria, cantus graz, the Clemencic-Consort, the Wiener Akademie und Klangforum Wien, has given concerts of baroque music with the Capella Leopoldina Graz, the Capella Savaria, the Ensemble sol sol la sol (Howard Arman), the Baroque Orchestra delle Friuli, the Baroque Orchestra Poznan and with the Central European Baroque Orchestra (Rovereto, Italy).
In 2005 he took part in performances of Bach Cantatas under Gustav Leonhardt in Padua, Florence and Rome.
Gerd Kenda has been a member of the Vokalensemble NOVA since 1995.
Since 1987 Gerd Kenda has taught in the specialist fields of voice training, vocal chamber music and voice education at the KUG (Kunstuniversität Graz). Furthermore he is active as a course instructor for voice training and ensemble direction at international choral seminars, and he directs the choir chor pro musica graz and the Choral Academy of Carinthia.