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 attended 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.
Since 2008, Marijke has been a regular participant in the AIMS International Music School, where she received lessons in vocal technique from Robert Dean, Jacqueline Fugelle and Bryan Husband and took masterclasses with, among others, Richard Jackson, Stephen Varcoe, Penelope MacKay, Ameral Gunson, John Ramster, Theresa Goble, Eugene Asti and Peter Knapp. Marijke sang various opera parts at AIMS Summer School. (Leonora in a performance of a section of Beethoven's "Fidelio", Irma in a scene from Gustave Charpentier's "Louise" , La Prieure in the final scenes of Poulenc's "Dialogues des Carmelites" and Kupava in scenes from "The Snow Maiden" by Rimsky-Korsakov). In 2011 she was selected to take part in the Celebrity Masterclass from Sarah Walker, and she was one of the soloists in "King David" by Honegger (2011) "Davidde Penitente" by Mozart (2012) and "Gloria" by Poulenc (2013). She sang in the Tutor's Choice concerts in most years she attended AIMS.
A successful partnership with pianist Jacob Engel, which begun in 2006, has resulted in a number of Art Song recitals in The Netherlands, a performance in two of the Tutor's concerts in AIMS International Music School, and the recordal of a CD in 2009.
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 several contacts in England. In October 2010 she sang as a soloist in an Autumn concert conducted by Neil Jenkins. In July 2011 she sang several solo parts in the 90th anniversary concert of the Sussex Chorus in Brighton Dome, again conducted by Neil Jenkins, alongside Dame Felicity Lott (duet in Mendelssohn's "Hymn of Praise") and Carol Rowlands ("Flower duet").
In March, 2013 she performed (i.a.) Respighi's "Il Tramonto" and Chausson's "Chanson Perpétuelle" in a recital with Fin-de-Siècle music in Brighton, with Jacob Engel and the Evropska Quartet. Please visit the page "Concerten" for details.
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