In this masterclass, Professors Margaret Honig and Martin Konigsberg are giving breathing advice to a group of voice students. They first explain that singers must be relaxed and that breathing is the single most important thing for singers. The students must feel their diaphragms, breathe deeper and focus on the inner part of their bodies.
The shoulder blades must remain open and the singers must imagine an "elastic feeling" when thinking of their breathing. Honig and Konigsberg explain that the act of breathing must me an active one, with a clear and relaxed mind.
Being as relaxed as possible
Breathe deeper and from the pelvic bone
Achieving a meditative-like state
Focusing on your inner body and belly movements
Maarten Koningsberger taught at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music, the Conservatoire National Supérier de Musique et de Danse de Paris and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and is regularly invited for jury’s and masterclasses.
Dutch baritone Maarten Koningsberger musical interests include early music, opera, oratorio, romantic song, and contemporary repertoire. This diversity of styles is reflected in his concert and recital programs, and have brought him to concer thalls and festivals all over the world (Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall New York, Staatsoper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, Philharmonie München, Cité de la Musique Paris, Beijing Concert Hall, Baxter Hall Cape Town, and more).
He sings with orchestra’s such as Les Arts Florissants, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of Ancient Music, der Akademie Alte Music Berlin, Tafelmusik Toronto, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Singapore Philharmonic. He has performed with conductors such as William Christie, Jeffrey Tate, Gustav Leonhardt, Mark Minkowski, Ton Koopman, Richard Egarr Gennady Roshdenstvenski, René Jacobs, Jan Willem de Vriend, Marin Alsop, Jaap van Zweden, and Christophe Rousset.
Maarten Koningsberger has taught singing at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (France), and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles (France). He is regularly invited to lead masterclasses and participate in juries all over the world.