Gary-John Peinke, born in South Africa, has been involved in theatre and music productions since the age of 10. He studied piano and flute through the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College London. In 1996, he moved to Germany to begin his professional training in the performing arts, including a teacher training course in theatre and mime. Afterward, he began working at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. He has also toured with various performance ensembles throughout Europe, Japan, and South Africa. He started his voice studies with SLS (Speech Level Singing) and left the organization to join the newly formed Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA) in 2013. He is currently a certified IVA Mentor (Level 5) Instructor.