FREE (Retiring collection)
Free music recital
Franz Schubert, Winterreise 1-12
1. Gute Nacht
2. Die Wetterfahne
3. Gefrorne Tränen
5. Der Lindenbaum
7. Auf dem Flusse
Steven van der Linden is a 23-year-old tenor from Utrecht, the Netherlands. He has been studying classical singing with John Evans at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama since September 2020, after having transferred from the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, where he was part of Wolfram Rieger’s Liedklasse. From a very young age, Van der Linden gained experience in choir singing with the Dutch National Choirs. There he sang big productions on the major stages in the Netherlands, such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and De Doelen in Rotterdam. He sang under the baton of conductors like Mariss Jansons, Iván Fischer, Sigvards Klava and Jaap van Zweden.
Van der Linden has experience singing the solo parts of the Matthew Passion and the Christmas Oratorio by J. S. Bach, as well as The Creation by J. Haydn, the Requiem by W. A. Mozart and Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas throughout the Netherlands, Germany and Norway. Future projects include Septimius in Handel’s Theodora, soloist in Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and in Mozart’s Requiem around the Netherlands and Germany.
Claire is an experienced collaborative pianist and recitalist, playing at venues including St James' Piccadilly, Milton Court Concert Hall, PoundArts, Holy Trinity Sloane Square, Waltham Abbey, Farnham Maltings, Old Royal Naval College Chapel & the Painted Hall in Greenwich, Blackheath Hallsand Brentwood Cathedral. She was awarded the Founders Prize for Piano Accompaniment and the Raymond Russell Prize for harpsichord and is furthermore a 2021 Leeds Lieder Young Artist. She has performed "Out of Winter" for Jonathan Dove at Blackheath halls, as part of his 60th birthday celebrations. Claire is currently Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She completed her Artist Masters with distinction in 2021 and was a Guildhall Scholar. She studies with Andrew West, Eugene Asti, Pamela Lidiard and is privately mentored by Alisdair Hogarth. She additionally studies privately with Michael Dussek. Claire previously studied as a Trinity London Scholar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she won every duo Song prize available: the English Song Competition, The Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Duo Competition and The Lillian Ash French Song Competition. Guildhall projects have included "The Complete Songs of Barber" curated by Julius Drake, "Emily Dickinson" and “Walt Whitman” curated by Iain Burnside and "The Great American Songbook" directed by Samantha Malk. Upcoming Guildhall projects will be a project centred around Schubert Lieder with Eugene Asti and as part of her junior fellowship, Claire with curate a project centred around solo pieces linking to Songs, with an emphasis on pianists delivering spoken introductions. Claire has furthermore been involved in numerous projects at both Trinity and Guildhall with Eugene Asti: “The Complete Songs of Clara Schumann”, “Debussy and Beyond” and “Brahms and his Female Contemporaries”. Claire is passionate about working with people living with dementia and is part of the Guildhall’s MusicBank project in collaboration with AgeUk.