The musical interests of Dutch baritone Maarten Koningsberger encompass baroque music, classical opera, song, oratorio and recital repertoire. He performed in opera and concerts worldwide (Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Staatsoper Berlin, Bejing Concert Hall, Theater an der Wien) and made more than 30 cd recordings, including English consort songs from the late 16th century, Baroque cantatas (Bach, Campras, Blankenberg) Grands Motets, Lieder (Hyperion Schubert Edition, Brahms, Mahler, Schumann, Purcell, E.Smyth, Beethoven) and Mélodie (Fauré, Milhaud)
He has sung with Les Arts Florissants, Tafelmusik, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hongkong Philharmonic and Die Akademie Alte Music Berlin, under the baton of William Christie, Jeffrey Tate, Gustav Leonhardt, Gennady Roshdenstvenski, René Jacobs, Reinbert de Leeuw, Marin Alsop, Mark Minkowski, Ton Koopman, Richard Egarr, Jaap van Zweden and Christophe Rousset.
Maarten Koningsberger taught at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music, the Conservatoire National Supérier de Musique et de Danse de Paris and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and is regularly invited for jury’s and master classes.
GRAMOPHONE – Editor’s Choice – Perfect Purcell on a superlative release chock-full of treasures
Koningsberger sings with perception and gorgeous tone (…) From the lightness and simplicity of the earliest song, to the
declamatory, richly ornamented later songs, Koningsberger’s innate musicality and subtle intelligence are evident in every
phrase (…) One of the best Purcell recitals to have hit the shelves in years.
THE RECORDER MAGAZINE
I must now draw your attention the wonderful singing of the baritone Maarten Koningsberger. His voice is ideally suited to
this repertoire and he clearly is both creative and, in particular, sensitive to the sentiments contained within the music of the
16 th and 17th century. I shall certainly be on the lookout for other discs upon which he features.
INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW
Highly satisfying recital of Purcell songs
Koningsberger’s English is excellent and he dramatises the music very well, adding plenty of variety to the strophic songs and
acting out the rhetorically emphasized final lines with great charm of his own. Koningsberger leaves us well able to
imagine we are eavesdropping on an evening of spontaneous music-making from two wondefully engaged musicians.
(…) magnificently performed by baritone Maarten Koningsberger