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Borletti-Buitoni Trust

A dream has come true: together with my pianist Joseph Breinl, I have always wanted to record the most stirring songs of Schubert, Berg and Wolf based on a theme of Magic and Imagination. Thanks to the Borletti-Buitoni Trust I have been able to realize this dream, in partnership with Onyx Records, at Potton Hall in Suffolk a wonderful place to record. It's such a challenge to find somewhere to record a CD where there is supportive teamwork to enable space for creative inspiration. I spent the most wonderful days recording my first CD and I am now fully engaged in thinking of a new challenge for a second disc. The Borletti-Buitoni Trust has helped me enormously for which I am very, very grateful.

Christianne Stotijn"

Christianne Stotijn was supported by BBT between 2005 and 2009, when this page was last updated.  For an up to date biography go to

Christianne Stotijn gained her solo diploma for violin in 2000 at the Amsterdam Conservatoire. She pursued her vocal studies in Metz, London, and Amsterdam where she graduated in 2003 with the highest distinction. Since then, her vocal coaches have included Noelle Barker, Udo Reinemann, Jard van Nes and Dame Janet Baker. Christianne Stotijn has worked extensively with Bernard Haitink who has been one of the most influential figures in her career. Following her hugely successful performances in Mahler's Ruckert Lieder with the Orchestre National de France and Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink, he has invited her for performances of the Mahler 2 with the BBC Proms, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven 9th with the Lucerne Festival, Ruckert Lieder with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and St Matthew Passion with the Boston Symphony.  Other conductors with whom Christianne Stotijn has collaborated include Rene Jacobs, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Andrew Davis, Jaap van Zweden, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Ivan Fischer and Mark Wigglesworth. Orchestras she has worked with also include Gabrieli Consort, Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Die Akademie für Alte Musik, Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Orchestre National de France, the Czech Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony and Budapest Festival Orchestra. An impassioned performer of song recitals, Christianne Stotijn has appeared in the world's premier concert halls including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, Konzerthaus and Musikverein Vienna, Carnegie Hall New York, Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Mozarteum Salzburg, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Middlebury College, Union College and Kennedy Center Washington DC. Her operatic career has seen her perform the role of Pauline (Pique Dame) Paris Opera, Isabella (L'Italiana in Algeri) Aix en Provence Festival, Ottavia (Poppea) Netherlands Opera and Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) at the Monnaie and Netherlands Opera. Highlights of 2009/10 season include her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in the title role in Tamerlano and Schönberg Lied der Waldtaube and 6 Orchester Lieder with Berlin Philharmonic (Claudio Abbado). Prizes include the 2005/06 ECHO Rising Stars Award, the 2005 Borletti Buitoni Award and the 2008 Dutch Music Prize.  She records exclusively for Onyx Classics and has recorded a CD of songs by Schubert, Berg and Wolf with Joseph Breinl, Mahler songs and Tchaikovsky songs with Julius Drake. Her recording of Frank Martin's Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke for MDG was awarded the Echo Klassik Award 2008.

Photographs by Marco Borggreve

Mahler - Urlicht

Mahler - Urlicht

Mahler:Das irdische Leben

Mahler:Um Mitternacht

Mahler:Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen

"Stotijn’s voice, rich and suggestive, sly and sorrowful as required, with shades of Janet Baker’s gravitas, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson’s candour, and Anne Sofie von Otter’s playfulness, is tailor made for Mahler’s Ruckert Lieder and Das Knaben Wunderhorn." (Independent on Sunday October 2006)

Christianne Stotijn mezzo-soprano
Julius Drake piano

from the CD "Mahler - Urlicht"

ONYX 4014 |

Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

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Schubert, Berg, Wolf - Fantasies and dream-figures

Schubert, Berg, Wolf - Fantasies and dream-figures

Schubert:Erlkönig D328

Schubert:Der Zwerg D771

Wolf:Gesang Weylas

"A riveting solo debut recital from the young Dutch mezzo Christianne Stotijn." (BBC Music Magazine April 2006). Christianne Stotijn is joined by pianist Joseph Breinl for the first of two BBT-supported CDs on Onyx Classics. An accompanying film, "Fantasies and dream-figures", is also on this website.

Christianne Stotijn mezzo-soprano
Joseph Breinl piano

from the CD Schubert, Berg, Wolf - Phantasien und Traumgestalten | Fantasies and dream-figures  

ONYX 4009 |

Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

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Christianne Stotijn records Schubert, Berg, Wolf with Joseph Breinl for Onyx Classics

Christianne Stotijn talks about the making of her first CD for Onyx Records of Schubert, Berg and Wolf songs – "Fantasies and dream-figures" – and her love of Mahler.  Filmed at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (September 2005), and Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (July 2005), with pianist Joseph Breinl, producer Jeremy Hayes and sound engineer Eric James.


Christian Tetzlaff & BBT Winners in residency and on tour in 2006

A select group of BBT Winners has gained valuable experience through BBT’s tours with Mitsuko Uchida (2004 and 2008) and Christian Tetzlaff (2006).  Shot on location in Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, as the group prepared for their six-concert European tour, our film illustrates the value of the residency and the experience gained.  With Christian Tetzlaff, Colin Currie, Soovin Kim, Christian Poltéra, Christianne Stotijn and Shai Wosner.

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