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’.