The Belgian soprano Griet De Geyter has been fascinated from an early age by the variety of musical genres and possibilities of the voice. This has led to an eclectic career that embraces a wide repertoire from polyphony to contemporary in oratorio, song, chamber music, and on the opera stage.
Griets colorful and flexible voice makes her much sought after as a soloist. She enjoys regular collaborations with ensembles such as the Nederlands Bach Society, Il Gardellino, Collegium Vocale Gent, BachPlus, Pluto Ensemble, Bl!ndman, Zefiro Torna, Club Mediéval, Huelgas Ensemble, Oxalys, Champ d'Action and has collaborated with conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Jos van Veldhoven, Bart Naessens, Otto Tausk, Vladimir Ashkenazy, James Wood, Frank Agsteribbe, Richard Egarr, Paul Dombrecht and Paul Van Nevel.
Griet started her musical education at the age of seven, studying singing, recorder and piano. After she obtained her Masters in singing and recorder at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven (B), Griet continued her vocal studies in The Hague and Amsterdam (NL) at the National Dutch Opera Academy. In 2007 she obtained her Master-in-Opera degree “magna cum laude” at the Royal Conservatory The Hague and was awarded the Ruim Baan Voor Talent prize by the Royal Conservatoire, to continue her vocal studies with Jard van Nes and Margreet Honig.
From an early age I loved singing and was very interested by the variety of musical genres and possibilities of the voice.
After my studies in singing and specialisation in opera and classical song, I kept on searching for new repertoire, expanding my vocal flexibility and musicality, singing a good amount of classical song repertoire, contemporary music as well as medieval, renaissance and baroque music.
Today I give concerts with various orchestras and conductors, singing solo-parts in all kinds of oratoria, operas and cantatas all over Europe.
A great amount of my practise and concert work is dedicated to J.S.Bach, his contemporaries and predecessors. I like how Bach challenges me every day, both in musicality and flexibility of the voice. I have worked a lot with Bach-experts like Jos van Veldhoven, Philippe Herreweghe, Dorothée Mields and Peter Kooij who taught me how to explore and perform Bach's music.
To widen my vocal and musical strengths, I have founded my own ensemble Meleas, a chambermusic trio with my brother clarinettist Rik De Geyter and pianist Nicolas Callot, playing music from the classical and romantic period. At the moment we are working on a program with songs of Schubert, Beethoven and Mozart on historic instruments, which becomes a very interesting challenge for me to work with and around the smaller but beautifully coloured pianoforte and Schubertclarinet.
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