Rick Stotijn - Christianne Stotijn - Joseph Breinl

Working together on the concert stage as brother and sister always feels like a dream come true. We’ve done so before, in a variety of settings, such as performances with Amsterdam Sinfonietta and with the London Symphony Orchestra, where Rick led the basses and, under Bernard Haitink, we had the privilege of experiencing Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde together in London and New York.

The composer Bottesini granted us our first chance to perform in a genuine chamber music setting. Wonderfully romantic songs that made us pine for more music for the two of us.

And so it happened that our common passion for Russian music led to the arrangement of a number of Tchaikovsky songs for voice, double bass and piano.

But what could be finer than an entirely new piece, written especially for us? This dream, too, came true. The renowned American composer Ned Rorem, author of a large body of vocal music, was keen to write a new cycle for us. After an inspiring exchange of poems, the choice for his new composition fell on Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Together with pianist Joseph Breinl our goal was to put together an original program that would bring together very diverse elements: tradition, romanticism, humor, spirituality, virtuosity and above all innovation.

Of course, the program had to have a Dutch heart: Michel van der Aa, who had already written a piece for me and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, shared our enthusiasm and composed a new work just for us.

We hope to inspire you with our trio’s unquenchable enthusiasm and this varied and challenging program!

30 Oct – 20 Nov 2013

Christianne Stotijn, mezzo soprano

Rick Stotijn, double bass

Joseph Breinl, piano



Bottesini  -Cappricio di  Bravura - For double bass and piano

Korsakov ( A.K. Tolstoy) for voice and piano

Glinka - songs


Ned Rorem-  How Like a Winter

Song-cycle for Mezzo-soprano, Double Bass and Piano

Shakespeare Sonnets

 1"From the fairest creatures..."

 97 "How like a winter...."


E.Tabakov  Motives for double bass solo

William Bolcom  - from : Cabaret Songs

Michel van der Aa  - New Work  for mezzo-soprano, double bass and piano (world-premier)