has been an actress for many years (a. o. The Living Theatre USA, Schaubuehne Berlin) before she focused her work on the voice as a teacher and singer. Her intense time on stage gave her the possibility to experience how easily tension builds up while speaking in front of an audience and how sensitively the voice reacts to inner or outer stress.
For many years she trained with excellent teachers like Michiko Hirayama (Japan), Meridith Monk (USA), Gisela Rohmert (Institut for Applied Voice Physiology, Germany) and she received a 4 year (daily) training at the “School for Breathing, Voice and Movement” with Frieda Goralewski and Michel Benjamin in Berlin.
For over 10 years Imke McMurtrie worked as a voice teacher in an EU project „Scuola Superiore per Attori di Emilia Romagna Teatri“ in Modena/Italy where she trained young actresses and actors.
She teaches at international universities and academies and she gives training groups and individual voice coaching. As an ethnomusicologist she specialised on traditional song and vocal techniques of Eastern European and Central Asian singing cultures. With this repertoire she also gives solo and ensemble concerts.
Imke McMurtrie published articles, books and CDs about the significance of voice in professional and personal communication (see links).
Since the beginning of the pandemic she is teaching groups and individuals also online.
She speaks German, English and Italian.