As a singer, vocal coach, choir leader and composer, Monika Ballwein is an Austrian institution. She studied vocal jazz at Franz Schubert Conservatory in Vienna, attended the Complete Vocal Institute in Copenhagen and works as a vocal coach with renowned artists such as Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst, Kathi Kallauch, or Virginia Ernst. The Lower Austrian’s voice can be heard on more than 350 CDs, and she performed with stars like Rainhard Fendrich, Nina Hagen, Taylor Dayne, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Rush, and Marianne Faithfull. She sang leading roles in various musicals – »A Tribute to ABBA« and »Beatlemania«, just to name a few – and also tours internationally with her own ensembles, including gospel/soul band Cantores Dei and Italo pop group Insieme. In addition to that, Ballwein appeared on numerous TV casting shows as vocal coach and jury member.