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Koen van Stade
Koen van Stade
A graduate of both the Amsterdam Conservatorium and The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Koen van Stade is a performing scholar with an international career who majored in Voice, Organ and Conducting. Koen is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Prof. Neal Peres da Costa, focussing on the vocal performance practice of the 19th-century. This year he received the Peter Davidson Scholarship for outstanding research. Koen had his initial training as a boy soprano in the St Laurence Cathedral Choir in Alkmaar, The Netherlands. He went on to study Singing with Peter Kooij and Max van Egmond; Church Organ with Jos van der Kooy; Conducting with Harold Lenselink and Church Music at both Amsterdam Conservatorium and The Royal Conservatory of The Hague. After graduating, Koen continued his vocal studies with Paul Hameleers. He specialised in Gregorian Chant at the Schola Cantorum Amsterdam focussing extensively on the Hartker Manuscript with Prof. Eugeen Liven d’Abelardo who fostered his interest in the Phenomenology of music. During his studies, Koen had already begun working as an ensemble member of the most prestigious Early Music groups in Europe, including Collegium Vocale Gent (Philippe Herreweghe) and The Amsterdam Baroque Choir (Ton Koopman). He sang more than 2,000 concerts in major international cities on every continent with these ensembles, and recorded over 70 CDs and hundreds of radio and television broadcasts. Several of these CDs were awarded international prizes including the Diapason d'Or, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the Choc de la Musique. For many years he was a member of the specialised vocal chamber ensemble The Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam (Harry van der Kamp). With this ensemble he participated in the premiere recording of the complete works of Dutch composer Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck. This project resulted in a 20 CD collection which received an Edison Award from the Queen of the Netherlands. After relocating to Australia in 2009, he worked as an Academic Tutor at St John’s College, University of Sydney, a Vocal Tutor at the King’s School and at Sydney Grammar School and as Principal Lay Clerk and the Director of the Cathedral Scholars at St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney. He is currently working as a casual Lecturer at the Historical Performance Faculty of Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Koen van Stade has appeared as soloist with the Australian Piano Duo, and as conductor, soloist and ensemble member of Sydney’s leading groups including the Bach Akademie Australia, The Song Company, and Pinchgut Opera.