A native of Delft, she completed her solo violin studies in 2000, after which she followed an intensive vocal course with Udo Reinemann at the Amsterdam Conservatoire. She furthered her vocal studies with Jard van Nes and Dame Janet Baker. Over the years she has won numerous awards, including the prestigious ECHO Rising Stars Award 2005/06, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005, and the Dutch Music Award in 2008. Additionally she was selected as BBC New Generation Artist in 2007.
Christianne Stotijn is a passionate interpreter of art songs. Accompanied by pianists Joseph Breinl and Julius Drake, with whom she has a longstanding duo partnership, she performs regularly in the world’s leading concert venues, including the Wigmore Hall in London, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw’s Main Hall and Recital Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Kennedy Center in Washington and Atlanta’s Spivey Hall. She made her Berlin Philharmonic debut in a performance of Schoenberg’s The Book of the Hanging Gardens, accompanied by pianist Mitsuko Uchida.
The conductor Bernard Haitink has had a profound influence on Christianne Stotijn’s career. After successful performances of Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder with the Orchestre National de France and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Haitink invited her to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 at the BBC Proms, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Lucerne Festival, the Rückert-Lieder with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the St. Matthew Passion with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Das Lied von der Erde with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Christianne has also worked with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Jurowski, Iván Fischer, Gustavo Dudamel, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jaap van Zweden, Marc Minkowski, René Jacobs, Charles Dutoit and Andris Nelsons, and orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra.
Christianne Stotijn also appears regularly on the stage. She has sung the role of Pauline in The Queen of Spades at the Paris Opera, Ottavia in Poppea at the Nederlandse Opera and Cornelia in Giulio Cesare at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and De Nederlandse Opera. She sang the title role in Tamerlano at Covent Garden, and Ottavia in Poppea at the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo and the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao. She has worked with opera directors such as Graham Vick, Emilio Sagi, Pierre Audi and Ursel and Karl-Ernst Herrmann.
Christianne Stotijn’s recordings are published by Onyx. Her discography includes recordings of Schubert, Berg and Wolf accompanied by Joseph Breinl, Mahler songs accompanied by Julius Drake, Tchaikovsky songs accompanied by Julius Drake, which won the BBC Music Magazine’s Vocal Recording of 2010, and her latest Onyx recording, Stimme der Sehnsucht – Lieder by Pfitzner, Strauss & Mahler, accompanied by Joseph Breinl. For the MDG label, Christianne Stotijn recorded a work close to her heart: Frank Martin’s Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke, which was awarded the ECHO Klassik Award in 2008.