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Marjon Strijk (Soprano)

Born: The Netherlands

The Dutch soprano, Marjon Strijk, discovered her love for singing already at an early age. She received her first singing lessons from Tineke te Velden and Loes Wijnands. Then she studied solo singing with Jeanne Companjen, and continued her studies with Eugenie Ditewig and later with Bas Ramselaar. She also took part in master-classes of Ulrich Eisenlohr (with the pianist Jeroen Snijder) and with Michael Chance.

Marjon Strijk is in great demand both as a soloist and in co-operation with several choral groups of her homeland. Her repertoire includes variety of style periods: from Heinrch Schütz, Dietrich Buxtehude, Charpentier to J.S. Bach, George Frideric Handel, Rameau to Haydn and W.A. Mozart to Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms. She also sings contemporary music, such as the Requiem of John Rutter and Angel of Light by Gert Oost (première).

Marjon Strijk's voice is documented on several CD recordings, i.e. with the Holland Boys Choir under Pieter Jan Leusink: Missa Paschalis by Willem de Fesch, W.A. Mozart's Requiem and the Miserere of Gregorio Allegri (Amsterdam Classics 98/'99), of which television recording was also made. Moreover, her voice can be heard on CD boxes of the complete sacred cantatas of J.S. Bach (Bach Edition, Brilliant Classics 1999/2000), and on the same label she recorded several solo cantatas, followed by recordings of J.S. Bach's Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) and Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244).

Beside her appearances as a soloist, Marjon Strijk works regularly with various professional ensembles. Thus she sang with the choir Deutsche Bachvocalisten under Professor Gerhard Weinberger in a tour in Germany. Moreover she sings with Brabantsch Muzyk Collegie under the baton of Ruud Huijbregts, with which she gave number of concerts with music of D. Buxtehude and the 17th century composer Herman Hollanders. She also recorded with them as an ensemble soloist 3 CD's of vocal works of Herman Hollanders, released in 2006. Currently she is engaged both as a member of the choir and as an ensemble soloist, with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging under the direction of Jos van Veldhoven. In 2004 she took part in their recording of J.S. Bach's Johannes-Passion (BWV 245). In 2006 she participates as a soloist in a tour with them, this time in J.S. Bach's Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244).

In 2005 Marjon Strijk made her operatic debut in a chamber opera of Michael Haydn. In Spring 2005 she also co-operated for the first in a music theatre production, with 55 performances all over Holland. This production is for two sopranos, two actors, a Baroque cellist and a harpsichordist, with music of G.F. Handel, Purcell and Monteverdi, under the direction of Flora Verbrugge of Theater Sonnevanck in Enschede. This show was well received at the Festival Oude Muziek 2005 in Utrecht. At the beginning of 2007 it will be performed again in Holland. Finally, Marjon Strijk dedicates herself to the Lieder. In this area she co-operates with several pianist, organists and harpsichordists. She forms a permanent duo with the pianist Eleonore van Walderveen.

Source: Liner notes to the 60-CD set of Complete Bach Church Cantatas conducted by Pieter Jan Leusink (Brilliant Classics, 1999-2000); Marjon Strijk Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (May 2006)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2001), Klaas Koomen (May 2006)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Peter Dijkstra


BWV 225-230

Pieter Jan Leusink


BWV 1, BWV 9, BWV 11, BWV 14, BWV 18, BWV 25, BWV 27, BWV 28, BWV 29, BWV 63, BWV 64, BWV 68, BWV 73, BWV 76, BWV 82a, BWV 94, BWV 100, BWV 101, BWV 105, BWV 106, BWV 115, BWV 129, BWV 137, BWV 138, BWV 146, BWV 181, BWV 183, BWV 184, BWV 195, BWV 198
BWV 244 [2nd], BWV 245, BWV 1083

Jos van Veldhoven


BWV 245

Jos van Veldhoven


Member of Nederlandse Bachvereniging:
AOB Video:
BWV 29, BWV 67, BWV 99, BWV 100, BWV 102, BWV 106, BWV 120, BWV 131, BWV 144, BWV 196 [2nd], BWV 206

Links to other Sites

Marjon Strijk - Sopraan (Official Website) [Dutch]


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