The Dutch contralto, Joke de Vin, began her singing studies with Jo Bollekamp at the Rotterdam’s Conservatorium, finishing in 1976 with diploma for solo singing. In 1978 she won de Prix d’Exellence. The same year she also won prize for Lieder singing at the vocal competition of 's-Hertogenbosch.
Joke de Vin has appeared in her homeland as well as in various European countries and the USA, with renowned conductors, such as Charles Dutoit, Jean Fournet, Hans Vonk, Edo de Waart and Valery Gergiev. She has also participated in various radio and TV programmes.
Joke de Vin has wide repertoire, from Lieder to oratorio, with both modern and period instruments. She is also active in the opera field, her roles include Night Queen in Mozart's Zauberflöte, Mrs. Quickly in Verdi's Falstaff, Flosshilde in Das Rheingold by Wagner, Nutrice in Monteverdi's L’incoronazione di Poppea and Marcellina in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, in various opera houses, such as Amsterdam, Bordeaux en Boston (USA). In 1995 Joke de Vin appeared in Lisbon at the première and CD-recording of Mattutino dei Morti by the Portuguese composer Joâo Domingos Bomtempo. Other important engagements were in Madrid under the baton of Rafaël Frühbeck de Burgos, and with the violist Nobuko Imai in Las Palmas and Bilbao. In 1998 she participated in a special concert for Z.K.H. Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène.