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The Dutch mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn, a native of Delft, originally received her degree in violin at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. She went on to study voice with Udo Reinemann and was also taught by Jard van Nes and Janet Baker. In 2005 she was accepted into the Rising Stars program of the European Concert Hall Organisation, winning the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award; in 2007 she was named a BBC New Generation Artist and, the following year, received the Netherlands Music Prize. Stotijn’s focus is on lieder and concert performance. Bernard Haitink has been a significant mentor, inviting her to perform concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Boston and London Symphony Orchestras, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Orchestre National de France. She has become known in particular as a Mahler performer, working with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Gustavo Dudamel, Iván Fischer, Marc Minkowski, Andris Nelsons, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Stotijn has given lieder recitals at the Musikverein in Vienna, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, the Salzburg Mozarteum, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. With the pianist Mitsuko Uchida and the Berlin Philharmonic she has performed Schoenberg’s Buch der Hängenden Gärten. On the opera stage, Stotijn’s credits include appearances in Monteverdi’s Poppea at the Nederlandse Opera, Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Brussels, and Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame at the Opéra National in Paris. Her recording of Martin’s Cornet won the Echo Klassik Award in 2008, and her Tchaikovsky CD was chosen Vocal Recording of 2010 by BBC Music Magazine.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 2 April 2009 in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony conducted by Bernard Haitink.