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Balanced Singing, a personal approach to singing
by Xenia Meijer with a foreword by Margreet Honig
'A mountain keeps an echo deep inside That's how I hold your voice' rumi (persian poet and sufi mystic)
Xenia Meijer (1965), mezzosoprano, graduated cum laude from the Royal Conservatory in 1992. Since 1994 she was coached by Margreet Honig.
She won several international prizes, such as the Philip Morris Finest Selection Award Classical
Music 1996 and the Diapason d’Or for different CD recordings.
In 1997 she was “Rising Star” of The Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam and invited as such to give recitals in the most important concert halls in Europe.
Xenia Meijer sang more than 40 roles in different opera productions in theaters such as Komische Oper Berlin, Opernhaus Zürich, Grand Theatre Genève, Tokyo Opera City Hall, etc.
She worked together with conductors such as Michel Corboz, Ton Koopman, Jos van Veldhoven, Ivan Fischer, Jaap van Zweden, Richard Egarr, Jac van Steen, Yakov Kreizberg, and with ensembles such as La Sfera Armoniosa (Mike Fentross), Musica Temprana (Adrián Rodriguez van der Spoel), La Venexiana (Claudio Cavina) and sang for 20 years with the Spanish ensemble Al Ayre Español, led by Eduardo Lopez Banzo.
Xenia Meijer is to be heard as a soloist on more than 20 CD productions.
From 2006 to 2016 Xenia Meijer was Professor main subject Classical singing at the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg. In 2012 she became Professor main subject Early Music Voice and since 2016 she is also the head of this department at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
Xenia Meijer is a certified health practioner, breathing coach and yoga teacher.
A free sound, a text that is clearly pronounced in any language, expression in colour of sound and rhetorics, ease in the registers and passaggi, as well as a good intonation, dynamic differences and flexibility of the voice are the goals that I pursue, together with the student.
Because of my own experience as a singer, I understand very well the vulnerability of a (young) singer.
My approach is therefor firmly rooted in my knowledge of anatomy and physiology on one side and psychological and psychosomatic principles on the other side.
I am deeply convinced that a voice lesson is a journey of exploration and discovery, that can only take place in a safe environment for the student.
There should be room for experiment and for any emotion that might pop up. I know how frustrating it can be to become aware of what you can not do yet and how wonderful it is when you can!
The fact that I am not only a voice teacher, but also a certified health practitioner and breathing coach is an important source of inspiration in my studio.