Gertraud Steinkogler-Wurzinger, singer, conductor, composer, was born in Saalfelden, Salzburg Land. She studied music at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, later at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and musicology at the University of Salzburg. Private studies include working with Jessica Cash, Roger Norrington, Paul Hamburger, Emma Kirkby and others. In Salzburg she founded the Belcanto Choir Salzburg in 1989, performing often in Austria and abroad and writing mainly vocal music. She has made recordings and radio-broadcasts as a soloist as well as in ensembles and performed in operettas and musicals on tour in Asia.
Assigned by the rector, she co-ordinates projects at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, where she has taught since 1990, acting as Vice-Rector between 2000-03. Gertraud is also coordinating Gender Studies issues at the Mozarteum University: she is the founder of the "Frauengaleriekonzerte" in the Residenzgalerie Salzburg.
2005 she is awarded the Irene Boleszny Prize for doing concerts, lecture recitals and a CD titled "Sirenen, Göttinnen, Heilige" dealing with the life and compositions of Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn. Her recent contribution for the "Mozartjahr 2006" was a concert with women composers only, all W.A. Mozarts contemporaries. As a singer Gertraud has her focus on Early and Contemporary Woman composers, Gertraud is also a regular guest at the acrobat ensemble which specialises in music of the 20th and 21st century.
As a member of the International Ekmelic Music Society she specialises in performing microtonal music and helped preparing an international convention of musicologists and musicians of the European and the Arabic world to discuss the common roots of both musical cultures and perhaps find a common system of notation.