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Karin van der Poel (Contralto, Mezzo-soprano)

Born: March 9, 1962 - Amersfoort, the Netherlands

The Dutch contralto/mezzo-soprano, Karin van der Poel, studied at Eemland college (1974-1980). She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (Utrecht Conservatory), where she studied voice (1980-1989). She attended two seminars at Lichtenberger Institut, which had Klang and Sprache as a special subject.and obtained certificat of voice technique (2012-2014). She attended NCOI for post bachelor coaching diploma (2012-2014).

After finsing her studies at the Utrecht Conservatory in 1989, Karin van der Poel developed into a versatile singer, at home in all types of repertoire. Ensemble singing has always been a central theme of her musical career, and she has also managed to develop her skill as a soloist in many different respects. Although she originally showed a preference for song repertoire, she has also gradually grown to feel at home in the mezzo repertoire in oratorios from J.S. Bach to Rossini. Her voice has been heard in a number of opera productions too, and she has taken part in several premières of works by contemporary composers.

She has been a member of the Nederlands Kamerkoor since 1990, singing as an alto/second soprano in music from medieval 'till contemporary music. Expert in singing new scores and pieces with theatrical challenges. Widespread expertise in all kinds of music. Working with world famous conductors like Reinbert de Leeuw, Frans Brüggen, Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Yannick Sequin, Simon Rattle, and Eric Ericson. Within the Nederlands Kamerkoor she has often appeared and continues to appear as a soloist, for instance recently in the première of the chamber opera Die Todesfrau by Hans Kox.

Alongside her job with the Nederlands Kamerkoor Karin loves her work as a singing coach. She worked as singing teacher at music school leusden (1987-1996); vocal coach of several amateur choirs (1983-2012); Singing teacher at HKU (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht = Utrecht School of the Arts) (2006-2014); classical singing teacher at HKU music faculty (August 2003-Present). She currently lives in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Source: Nederlands Kamerkoor Website; Karin van der Poel profiles on LinkedIn & Facebook; Photos 13, 15: Donald Bentvelsen
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2016)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Daniel Harding


Audio (2015): BWV 150, BWV 227

Daniel Harding


Member of Nederlands Kamerkoor:
Audio (2015):
BWV 150, BWV 227

Erik Van Nevel


Member of Nederlands Kamerkoor
Audio (2015):
BWV 225, BWV 228, BWV 227

Jan Willem de Vriend


V-3 (2009): BWV 248/1-6 [2nd recording]

Links to other Sites

Karin van der Poel - Alto (Nederlands Kamerkoor)
Fryderyk Chopin - Information Centre : Karin van der Poel - Biography

Karin van der Poel (Pollock Artists Management) [Dutch]
Karin van der Poel on Facebook
Karin van der Poel on LinkedIn

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