Marijke Groenendaal - soprano

As a member of her school choir Marijke Groenendaal was often asked to sing the solo parts.

Since she was eighteen years old, she has had private lessons; taking lessons with her present vocal coach, Marjan Kuiper, has greatly advanced Marijke's singing career, starting with a performance in the Dutch television classical singing contest "Una Voce Particolare" in 2005.

In November 2005 and July 2007 Marijke attended masterclasses with Evelyn Tubb.

In July 2007, she visited the Dartington International Summer School, where she sang some solo parts in the Chamber Choir contribution to the final concert (Handel's Coronation Anthems), directed by Steven Devine and Jonathan Tilbrook.

In August 2008, Marijke joined the Ardingly International Music School, where she received lessons in vocal technique from Robert Dean, and took masterclasses with Penelope MacKay, Ameral Gunson, John Ramster, Theresa Goble, Eugene Asti and Peter Knapp. After taking part in auditions for named opera parts, Marijke was given the part of Leonora in a performance of a section of Beethoven's "Fidelio", directed by Kate Brown and Neil Jenkins.

A successful partnership with pianist Jacob Engel, which begun in 2006, has resulted in a number of Art Song recitals in The Netherlands, and a performance in two of the student concerts in Ardingly International Music School.

In addition to these recitals Marijke regularly performs as a soloist in choir concerts and in small ensembles. Please refer to the concert list for more details on past and future concerts. The page "Repertoire" gives an impression of the wide variety of music Marijke can offer. You can also hear some recordings of live performances over the past years.

Although most of Marijke's musical activities take place in The Netherlands, she has some contacts in England. Her latest achievements are two recitals for friends in London, with Terry Cannon, baritone and Gavin Anderson, piano.

See www.marijkegroenendaal.nl/engels.htm for more information