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Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano; Rick Stotijn, bass; Joseph Breinl; piano

<p class="caption">Mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn, performs with her brother Rik Stotijn on bass, and pianist Joseph Breinl.</p>
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
7:30 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Christianne Stotijn, mezzo soprano
Rick Stotijn, bass
Joseph Breinl, piano

 ***Unfortunately, Ms. Stotijn and her fellow musicians are not able to appear. A newly-arranged concert will take place at the same date/time/place. Tickets purchased for the Stotijn concert will be honored at the new concert.


Christianne Stotijn, Rick Stotijn, and Joseph Breinl perform at Prinsengrachtconcert 2012.



Une Bouche Aimée
Tutto il Mondo serra
Cappricio di Bravura

RAVEL Cinq Mélodies Populaires Grecques

Le réveil de la mariée
La-bas, vers l’église
Quel galant m’est comparable
Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques
Tout gai!


O lyre
How sweet it is to be near thee ( P.Ryndin)
Traveling Song (N. Kubolnik)
Doubt (N. Kubolnik) (arr. for mezzo-soprano, double bass and piano)


ROREM How Like a Winter: Song-cycle for Mezzo-soprano, Double Bass and Piano

Shakespeare Sonnets
1"From the fairest creatures..."
97 "How like a winter…"

TABAKOY Motives for double bass solo

BOLCOM Excerpts from Cabaret Songs (arr. van Klaveren)

Places to live
The Actor
Song of Black Max

VAN DER AA ‘How Are We Today?’ for mezzo-soprano, double bass and piano (Text: Carol Ann Duffy) 

Artist Biographies

Mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn, a native of Delft, completed her solo violin studies in 2000, after which she followed an intensive vocal course with Udo Reinemann at the Amsterdam Conservatory. She furthered her vocal studies with Jard van Nes, Noelle Barker and Dame Janet Baker. Over the years Christianne has won numerous awards, including the prestigious ECHO Rising Stars Award 2005/2006, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005, and the Nederlands Muziekprijs in 2008. Additionally she was selected as BBC New Generation Artist in 2007.

Christianne Stotijn is a passionate interpreter of art songs. Accompanied by pianists Joseph Breinl and Julius Drake, with whom she has a longstanding duo partnership, she performs regularly in the world’s leading concert venues, including the Wigmore Hall in London, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw’s Main Hall and Recital Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall in New York, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Palais de Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Kennedy Center in Washington and Atlanta’s Spivey Hall. Christianne made her Berlin Philharmonie debut in a performance of Schoenberg’s Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten, accompanied by pianist Mitsuko Uchida.

The conductor Bernard Haitink has had a profound influence on Christianne Stotijn’s career. After successful performances of Mahler’s Ruckert Lieder with the Orchestre National de France and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Haitink invited her to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 at the BBC Proms, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Lucerne Festival, the Ruckert Lieder with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Matthäus-Passion with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Das Lied von der Erde with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Christianne has also worked with world-class conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Jurowski, Ivan Fischer, Gustavo Dudamel, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jaap van Zweden, Marc Minkowski, René Jacobs, Charles Dutoit and Andris Nelsons, and orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Christianne Stotijn also appears regularly on the stage. She has sung the role of Pauline in Pique Dame at the Paris Opera, Ottavia in Poppea at the Nederlandse Opera and Cornelia in Giulio Cesare at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and De Nederlandse Opera. Christianne sang the title role in Tamerlano at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, and Ottavia in Poppea at the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo and the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao. She has worked with opera directors including Graham Vick, Emilio Sagi, Pierre Audi and Ursel and Karl-Ernst Herrmann.

Christianne Stotijn’s recordings are brought out by the Onyx label. Her discography to date includes music by Schubert, Berg and Wolf (accompanied by Joseph Breinl) and songs by Mahler (pianist: Julius Drake). In 2010 her recording of Tchaikovsky songs, again with pianist Julius Drake, received the BBC Music Magazine Award in the vocal category. For the label MDG Christianne Stotijn recorded a work near to her heart: Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke by Frank Martin. This recording earned her the ECHO Award ‘Liedeinspielung des Jahres 2008’.


Rick Stotijn received his first lessons at the age of eight and attended the young talent class at the conservatories of Utrecht and Amsterdam, the latter with Peter Leerdam. He pursued his studies with Quirijn van Regteren-Altena, Peter Jansen, and his own father Peter Stotijn at the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he graduated with the highest distinction, subsequently studying with Bazo Paradzik at the Hochschule Freiburg.

Rick won his first prizes at the Princess Christina Competition and the Young Musical Talent Foundation, and received a grant from ‘Excellent Young Musicians’ to attend numerous master classes and courses.

Many solo appearances at home and abroad were soon to follow. Rick was a soloist with orchestras including Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra, and the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra.

Musicians with whom Rick has appeared in different chamber music settings include Jurgen Kussmaul, Candida Thompson, Malin Broman, Kristine Blaumane, Joseph Breinl, Simon Crawford Philips, Gidon Kremer, Christianne Stotijn, Cecilia Bernardini, Mirsa Adami, Ann Gastinel, Liza Ferschtman, Roby Lakatos, Robert Holl, Cecile Huijnen and Julius Drake.

He is a regular guest at festivals including the Delft Chamber Festival and the Lucerne Festival. Rick is currently principal double bass player with Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is also guest leader of orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin and the London Symphony Orchestra.

In March 2012 Rick appeared as soloist with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Double Bass Concerto by Nino Rota, which will feature on his second CD for Channel Classics. In August 2012 he will appear with his sister Christianne Stotijn in the Prinsengracht concert in Amsterdam.

Other important occasions this year include concerts with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado. In the 2012/13 season Rick will present a Carte Blanche series (KAM) of four chamber concerts in the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw, and in the 2013/14 season he will give numerous trio recitals in Europe and the USA with his sister Christianne and the pianist Joseph Breinl. Rick is Guest teacher at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Rick performs on a Rafaele & Antonio Gagliano double bass, funded by the National Musical Instrument Foundation.


Joseph Breinl studied the piano in Munich with Karl-Hermann Mrongovius and Gitti Pirner. Winning a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes he attended the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he continued his studies of piano and song accompaniment with Willem Brons, Rudolf Jansen and Udo Reinemann. Joseph also worked closely with Irwin Gage and Graham Johnson, who have both remained important musical influences in his career.

Numerous radio broadcasts and high-profile appearances have earned Joseph Breinl a reputation as one of the most highly respected piano accompanists and chamber musicians of the younger generation. He has performed to critical acclaim at many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Teatro alla Scala, Vienna’s Musikverein, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Semperoper Dresden and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He is also a guest at distinguished festivals such as the Schubertiades at Schwarzenberg and Hohenems, the Ruhr Piano Festival, Edinburgh Festival and the Münchner Opernfestspiele. Joseph Breinl has been awarded numerous prizes at international competitions, including the 2003 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, and the 2005 ECHO Rising Star prize with the mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn. Joseph works regularly with Miah Persson, Christianne Stotijn, Andre Morsch and Kammersängerin Waltraud Meier.

Highlights of Joseph Breinl‘s 12/13 concert season include recitals at the opera houses in Zurich and Brussels, the Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Bunka Kaikan Tokio, Musikverein Wien, Konzerthaus Dortmund and at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. Alongside mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and double bass player Rick Stotijn, Joseph will perform a world premiere of a new cycle written by the renowned American composer and author of a large body of vocal music, Ned Rorem.

Since 2010 Joseph Breinl has been professor of song interpretation and vocal accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz.

Artist Websites

Press Quotes

"Christianne Stotijn is that artist in a thousand whose personality shines through everything she does."--Bristol Magazine, April 2010, BBC Music Magazine Awards

"In music where the composer's own emotional turmoil is never far away, Stotijn and Breinl brought engaging integrity to these meaningful settings.", August 2010

'Rick Stotijn is a first rate virtuoso, a real master of his instrument."--David Hurwitz, Classics Today

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