The Dutch Quartet Brothers & Sisters will perform at the Green Lake Festival of Music at the end of July. The quartet consists of sisters Charlotte and Josefien Stoppelenburg, who are the vocal duo, together with the brothers Martijn and Stefan Blaak on piano.
Charlotte & Josefien Stoppelenburg (alto/mezzo-soprano and soprano) form the singing duo Unique Harmony of Two Voices. In 1997, the sisters were the first to win the Princess Christina Competition for vocalists. Television appearances (Queens Day 2002, Una Voce Particolare) have made their interpretation of the Flower Duet (from the opera Lakmé by Leo Delibes) well-known in their country, but they also regularly performed abroad (for example in Germany, United States, South Africa and Venezuela). The exceptional way their voices blend, perfected by outstanding individual technique and years of experience together has enabled them to reach a large audience. The sisters frequently perform as soloists with various ensembles: piano, chamber- and symphonic orchestra, choir or instrumental ensembles. They are familiar with the repertoire of Lied, oratory and opera and are especially passionate about contemporary music. Various Dutch and German composers have written or arranged specially for them. Charlotte and Josefien are frequently asked to perform during festivities, whether for business firms or private persons.
The piano duo Martijn and Stefan Blaak graduated with distinction from the Messiaen Academy, the Netherlands, where they studied with Fred Oldenburg and Pierre Ruhlmann. They have won several prizes, including the Princess Christina Concours, Young Music Talent, Holland and the Concours Modern, Weimar. They received “De Voorziening”, a scholarship for outstanding young musicians which enabled them to study under Ton Hartsuiker, famous interpreter of new music. The piano duo give concerts all over Europe, including the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Spain, France and Italy.
They are regularly invited to perform in international music festivals such as the Grachten Festival in Amsterdam and “La settimana d’arte di Cecina” in Italy. They performed at the music festival in Aix-en-Provence, France, which was broadcast live by Radio France. As well as giving concerts with various symphony orchestras, the piano duo Martijn and Stefan Blaak have made several radio and TV recordings for the national broadcasting companies in Holland and Germany.
As a quartet they start to become successful in the Netherlands and now also abroad. Brothers & Sisters was recently selected to play at the Amsterdam Day of Classical Music.
Friday July 26, 2013 at 7:30PM
Thrasher Opera House – Green Lake, WI
Sunday July 28, 2013 at 3:00PM
Ripon College – Ripon, WI