Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Christianne Stotijn
Mezzo-Soprano
BBT Award 2005

Christianne Stotijn - Biography

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

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.

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.

Photographs by Marco Borggreve