Matthias Echternach is an otolaryngologist and phoniatrician specialized in voice diagnostics and phonomicrosurgery in professional voice users. Since February 2006, he is practising at the Freiburg Institute of Musicians` Medicine, Freiburg, Germany. His scientific interest includes the fields of vocal registers, stage fright in singers, and intubation-related vocal fold sequelae. In 2009, Echternach received the Research Award of the German Society of Musicians` Medicine, and in 2010, he received the Gerhard Kittel Award from the German Society of Phoniatrics and Pedaudiology. In 2014, he received The European Phoniatrics Voice Award. He is member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Voice and Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology.
Matthias Echternach had his first singing education as a member of the Hanover boys` choir, followed by a classical singing education with Peter Sefcik and Winfried Toll. Beside solistic activity as a tenor, he is member of different internationally recognized vocal ensembles such as the Kammerchor Stuttgart (Frieder Bernius).