BIOGRAPHY ROB MEIJERS
The Dutch countertenor Rob Meijers started as a boy soprano in the Cantarella Youth Choir conducted by H. Spronken. Initially he started as a baritone with Frans Kokkelmans and finished his studies successfully with the bachelor diploma as a teaching and performing musician. (2001)
In the Master Education of Solo singing/ Opera he continued his studies with Mya Besselink. Under her guidance he specialised as a countertenor. Rob is often invited to sing the most important pieces of composers such as Pergolesi, Bach, Händel and other grandmasters of the Baroque period. Rob gives recitals with the lute player Avital Reshef.
Next to the Ancient Music, he developped a big enthousiasm in singing Contemporary Music.
He took masterclasses with Ton Koopmam, Jos van Veldhoven and Andreas Scholl.
Rob passed with distinction for the Masters Education of solo singing and was chosen by a jury as the winner of the Music Award of Maastricht 2005. (Rotary Maastricht, Holland)
In the same year he graduated cum laude for his studies of opera with the part of Emone in Traetta's opera Antigona in cooperation with the LSO.
During the festival of Musica Sacra in Maastricht (Holland, 2005) he was one of the soloists in the Faust cantata of A. Schnittke in cooperation with the LSO. Rob worked together with directors such as Masaaki Suzuki, Ed Spanjaard, Jan Stulen, Enrico Delamboye and Roberto Benzi.
He performed the role of Halimacus in the opera Croesus by R. Keiser at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden in Germany.
He was a semi-finalist of the Francisco Vinas Singing Competition in Barcelona (Spain) and the International Baroque Singing Competition in Chimay (Belgium).
In september 2008 he was laureate of the International Singing Competition (IVC) in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Holland).
In December 2009 Rob made a very successfull first appearance in
the “Concertgebouw Amsterdam” with the Christmas Oratorio of J.S. Bach.
For “Globe-records” he made a cd-recording of the Stabat Mater of Pergolesi.
Rob is being coached by the well-known countertenor Michael Chance.