A recipient of Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s John Christie Award, Dutch tenor Peter Gijsbertsen graduated with honors from Utrecht Conservatoire. He was also a triple prize winner at the Den Bosch International Vocalists Competition and he won the Dutch Music Prize in 2018.
Recent operatic repertoire include the roles of Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata (Scottish Opera, Longborough Festival Opera), The Novice in Britten’s Billy Budd (Bolshoi Theatre, Glyndebourne and BAM), Janicek in Diary of one who dissappeard by Janacek (Opéra de Lyon/Muziektheater Transparant) and Acis in Händel’s Acis and Galatea (Opéra de Fribourg).
On the concert platform Peter has performed the solo parts in the St. Matthew Passion by Bach (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, released on DVD with Art House), Kammermusik 1958 van H.W. Henze (NDR Symfony orchestra Hamburg, released on CD with Wergo), Pulcinella by Stravinsky (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra).
Peter has recorded multiple CD’s with Belgian label Phaedra amongst which are full recitals of Strauss, Schubert and Schumann songs.
Future engagements include Tamino in Mozart’s Magic Flute (Scottish Opera, Opéra de Fribourg), Janicek in Diary of one who disappeared by Janacek (Muziektheater Transparant), recordings of all the Duparc and Clara Schumann songs and multiple recitals with a wide range of repertoire.
<‘Non t’amo più’, Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846 – 1916), Gilbert den Broeder: piano>
Stefan Gerritsen is an established artist in the Netherlands. He was awarded various times in international music competitions, both as a soloist as with Verso: the duo he forms with Panflutist Matthijs Koene.
In 2006 he won second prize in the international guitar competition of Zwolle, In 2006 Verso was Topwinner of the IBla Grand Prize. They received the highest mark of the jury (9.5) They were also winner of the “Vriendenkrans” and Concertgebouwprijs (Amsterdam 2003) and Comradio Contempory music prize (Barcelona 2003)
As a soloist with orchestra he performed the guitar concertos of Villa-Lobos, Vivaldi and Tedesco.
Besides his solo engagements he has worked together with renowned ensembles for contemporary music, such as the Nieuw Ensemble and Scala. He also regularly performs with classical singers.
Stefan Gerritsen played in many prestigious venues, like the Carnegie hall in New York and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He performed in festivals in South Africa, Greece, California and Germany.
In 2011 Soundboard magazine wrote: Guitarist Gerritsen is virtuosic and fluent in all of the techniques of modern guitar playing.
Many composers wrote pieces for him, both for his duo and chamber-music groups, and more and more for the 31-toneguitar. Recently he is involved in establishing new repertoire for guitar and choir. Composers as Roderik de Man and Gerard Beljon dedicated their compositions to this project.
Stefan Gerritsen graduated from the Conservatory of Amsterdam ( Master cum laude), having studied with Lex Eisenhardt. He continued his studies with the Canadian guitar virtuoso Laura Young and received a scholarship to study with Alex Garrobé in Barcelona.
Besides the classical guitar Mr. Gerritsen also plays on 31-tone guitar, which is very close to mean-tone tuning and for this reason very suitable for music written by composers such as Dowland, Sweelinck and Weiss. He has been invited to record a disc on this instrument for Turtle records. Leading Dutch newspaper wrote in 2016: Stefan Gerritsen is a “ grandioze gitarist”