Musicians

Stephanie Brandt

Stephanie fell in love with her instrument right during her first recorder lesson. Blessed with inspiring teachers from the very beginning, she felt the urge to pursue a professional career already at an early age. At the conservatory of Amsterdam, her teacher Paul Leenhouts encouraged her to deepen her interest and abilities in ensemble playing. Thinking out of the box, discovering the different sound scapes of the various members of the large recorder family, experimenting with electronics and various ensemble settings and the cooperation with young composers lead to appearances in several festivals and competitions.

Today, Stephanie is a member of Renaissance recorder consort The Royal Wind Music, and of the innovative and price winning recorder quintet Seldom Sene. Next to being a busy performer, Stephanie’s interest lies with music education in all its facets: as a performer in kindergardens and preschools, as a recorder teacher, and last but not least as an advisor for Cultural Education in primary schools.

 

 

María Martínez Ayerza

María Martínez Ayerza was born in 1982 in Cuenca, Spain, where she started her musical training. She graduated with distinction at the Conservatory of Seville in 2000 and moved to The Netherlands to continue her studies with Paul Leenhouts at the Amsterdam Conservatoire. She also studied Musicology at the University of Amsterdam, receiving her Master of Arts degree with distinction.

As a performer, María was awarded several prizes at international music competitions, amongst them the First Prize and the Walter Bergmann Prize at the Moeck/SRP Solo Recorder Competition in 2005.

In February 2001 María joined the double sextet of Renaissance recorders The Royal Wind Music, a unique ensemble founded by Paul Leenhouts in 1997. Currently she is a member of both the artistic and executive boards of the ensemble. The Royal Wind Music performs regularly all over Europe, has recorded several CDs and appeared on the radio and television.

María is also co-founder of recorder quintet Seldom Sene, devoted to the performance of early and contemporary ensemble repertoire. Given her commitment to bring music to new audiences, María performs regularly for young children at nurseries, community centres and primary schools in cooperation with the Memorable Moments Foundation, Amsterdam.

In 2009 María joined the board of editors of Blokfluitist, the only specialized recorder magazine published in Dutch. In 2012 she was the production manager of the first edition of the Open Recorder Days Amsterdam, a four-day international festival and competition. In July 2012 María was appointed Recorder Consort Professor at the Royal College of Music in London.

Harma Everts

Harma Everts was born in Hoogeveen, The Netherlands. She studied solo singing in The Hague with Maria Acda-Maas, Meinard Kraak, Manon Heijne and Barbara Hannigan. From time to time she took baroque singing lessons with Marius van Altena and masterclasses with among others Lucienne Bouwman, Margreet Honig, Tan Crone, Carolyn Watkinson and Noel Lee. She also followed the orientation course of the DNOA (Opera Academy). In May 2003 she got her Bachelor of Music degree and she was allowed to study further for her Master’s degree, which she received in 2005.

She specializes in contemporary singing and regularly performs pieces written by both well-known composers and composition students. She took part in projects like the Young Composer’s Meeting in Apeldoorn and the Summer Academy of the NJO, where the opera Writing to Vermeer by Andriessen was being performed. As a soloist she sang a.o. Jephta by Carissimi, Weinachtsoratorium by Bach, Requiem by Fauré, Stabat Mater by Pergolesi and In The Beginning by Copland. December 2002 she took part in a tour of the Dutch Wind Ensemble as a soloist.

In October-November 2003 she sang and played the lead part in Inanna, a new music theatre piece by Louis Andriessen, which was being performed by ZTHollandia, directed by Paul Koek. In 2005 she sang a solo part in “Tao” by Louis Andriessen in the Big Hall of the Concertgebouw at the China Festival which was being held in Amsterdam. The other performers were the members of the Concertgebouworkest, conducted by David Robertson, and Tomoko Mukaiyama. In the season 2006/2007 she performed several small parts in the opera “Alzheimer” by Chiel Meijering, and in 2008 she performed the role of Spiegelbeeld in the opera ‘Pontormo’ by Niels Berentsen.

Harma is also a member of two other ensembles. The Phoenix Trio (with Sarah Mareels, Nathalies Mees) is a trio of three female singers who sing a cappella music. In the ensemble Sense whe works together with Elly van Munster (lute, theorbo, romantic guitar). They perform both baroque music and romantic songs.