The Dutch bass-baritone, Maarten Koningsberger, began his musical career as a pianist but then the song went: he first studied with Max van Egmond at the Sweelinck Conservatory of Amsterdam and then at the Ecole d'Art Lyrique in Paris and Singing Workshop to Lyon. His teachers have been also Udo Reinemann, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and Margreet Honig.
Maarten Koningsberger made his opera debut in Les Indes Galantes by Rameau with the Opéra Comique. He
has sung in operas from Monteverdi to W.A. Mozart to Menotti. This diversity of styles is also reflected in his song recitals, with pianists as Graham Johnson and Rudolf Jansen or with lutenist Fred Jacobs, with whom he performed in concerthalls and festivals all over the world. His concert tours include Europe, South Africa, the Far East, China, Israel, USA and Canada, always highly acclaimed by the press. Among the many mayor concerthalls where he performed are: The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, Philharmonie München, Carnegie Hall New York, Theater an der Wien, Staatsoper Berlin, Salle Pleyel Paris, Romanian Atheneum Bucharest, Amsterdam Operahouse, Esplanade Singapore and many more.
Maarten Koningsberger has sung with orchestras such as the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Les Arts Florissants, Academy of Ancient Music, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Toronto), Les Talens Lyriques, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Singapore Philharmonic. He has worked with conductors such as Gustav Leonhardt, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski, Ton Koopman, William Christie, Richard Egarr, Christophe Rousset, Marin Alsop, Ed Spanjaard, Arnold Östman, Gennady Roshdensvensky, Jaap van Zweden, Jeffrey Tate, Jan Willem de Vriend and Roberto Benzi.
Among the many CD-recordings that Maarten Koningsberger made are: “Music of the Spheres” (English Lute- and consortsongs of the 17th century), French Baroque Cantates (Campras, Van Blankenburg), Grands Motets (Mondonville with Les Arts Florissants and Charpentier with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles) and many Lieder (a.o. Schubert´s Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin, the Hyperion Schubert Edition with Graham Johnson, Brahms Lieder, Lieder by Fanny Mendelssohn, etc) songs by Henry Purcell (elected Editor´s Choice by Gramphone Magazine: “Perfect Purcell on a superlative release chock-full of treasures”) and French Mélodies (a.o. Gabriel Fauré and Milhaud). In june 2012 recorded a selection of Lieder from Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Gustav Mahler with Ed Spanjaard.
Maarten Koningsberger teaches at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. He regularly invited for jury’s and gives masterclasses all over the world.