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Maarten Engeltjes (Counter-tenor)

Born: 1984 - The Netherlands

The Dutch counter-tenor, Maarten Engeltjes, started singing in a boys-choir when he was 4 years old. In 1995 Sir David Willcocks recognized his special talent and selected Maarten as soprano soloist for the Coronation Anthems (George Frideric Handel) at a boys choir festival in Haarlem, the Netherlands. He also participated as a soloist on several CD recordings in the Dom Cathedral in Riga, Latvia, including Miserere Mei (Allegri); Magna Opera Domini (Karlsons); Te Deum in C (Benjamin Britten); and Pie Jesu (A.L.Webber). His voice broke when he was 13 years old, and he decided to continue as a counter-tenor, under the guidance of Paul Hameleers. (Hameleers received several honors from both the Dutch royal family as well as the Pope for his services to music.)

After Maarten Engeltjes turned 16, he had his counter-tenor debut performance, singing alongside an alto-aria in St. Matthew’s Passion (BWV 244) by J.S. Bach). Subsequently he participated as a solo performer in several J.S. Bach concerts, including St. Matthew's Passion (BWV 244), St. John's Passion (BWV 245), Mass in B minor (BWV 232), Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248), and several cantatas. He also performed in G.F. Handel's Messiah, Carmina Burana by C. Orff, Elias by Felix Mendelssohn and music by Purcell and Blow.

Meanwhile, Maarten Engeltjes started studying classical music at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, (the Netherlands), under guidance of Maria Acda and Manon Heijnen. In 2003, the famous Michael Chance selected Maarten from among 20 talented young counter-tenors, and invited him to participate in a master-class, which was broadcasted on the Dutch national television. In October 2004, Maarten and Michael Chance performed an evening program singing several duets by Purcell and Blow, including An ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell, conducted by Gustav Leonhardt. Maarten receives lessons by Michael Chance monthly.

In October 2005 he was awarded as being the youngest participant of the “Concours International Chant Baroque de Chimay” with 3 prices: the 2nd price, le Prix du Printemps Baroque du Sablon and le Prix du Festival des Arts de Nantes. The jury was chaired by (among others): William Christie and Jill Feldman. In December 2005, Maarten participated as a soloist in the performances of G.F. Handel's Messiah and J.S. Bach's Weihnachts-Oratorio (BWV 248) in Japan, conducted by Jos van Veldhoven.


Source: Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (February 2005)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2005)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Conductor

As

Works

Peter Dijkstra

Alto

BWV 243

Nico van der Meel

Alto

BWV 245

Pieter Jan Leusink

Alto

BWV 244 [2nd]

Pieter Jan Leusink

Alto

Member of Holland Boys Choir:
Cantatas Vol. 1:
BWV 80, BWV 61, BWV 16, BWV 133, BWV 97, BWV 132, BWV 72, BWV 113, BWV 42, BWV 33, BWV 56, BWV 37
Cantatas Vol. 2: CD-1: BWV 92, BWV 44; CD-2: BWV 111, BWV 159, BWV 165, BWV 22; CD-3: BWV 114, BWV 57, BWV 155; CD-4: BWV 98, BWV 188, BWV 23; CD-5: BWV 135, BWV 86, BWV 85, BWV 167
Cantatas Vol. 4: CD-1: BWV 130, BWV 138, BWV 81; CD-2: BWV 149, BWV 69, BWV 169; CD-3: BWV 45, BWV 150, BWV 122; CD-4: BWV 116, BWV 13, BWV 144; CD-5: BWV 102, BWV 7, BWV 196
Cantatas Vol. 6: CD-1: BWV 103, BWV 185, BWV 2; CD-2: BWV 60, BWV 78, BWV 151; CD-3 : BWV 128, BWV 154, BWV 62; CD-4: BWV 192, BWV 93, BWV 145, BWV 171; CD-5: BWV 8, BWV 186, BWV 3
Cantatas Vol. 7: CD-1: BWV 198, BWV 110; CD-2: BWV 73, BWV 125, BWV 157; CD-3: BWV 9, BWV 91, BWV 47; CD-4: BWV 152, BWV 121, BWV 166; CD-5: BWV 36, BWV 184, BWV 129

Hajo Wienroth

Alto

Arias from BWV 232, BWV 243, BWV 248/2 [w/ Le Chardon]

Klaas Stok

Alto

BWV 35, BWV 54, BWV 170

Jos van Veldhoven

Alto

Video: BWV 130

Links to other Sites

Maarten Engeltjes Countertenor (Official Website)

Passie voor Muziek: Maarten Engeltjes [Dutch]
Maarten Engeltjes (Le Chardon)

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