Soprano Dianne van Giersbergen (1985) received her first singing lessons as a birthday present from her parents when she turned four. In the following years she was taught by various music teachers en she sang in several choirs.
In 2005 she started her studies in classical music at the ArtEZ school of music where she was taught classical singing by Elena Vink. During her studies she was a trainee at the Nationale Reisopera and she took master classes from Barbara Hannigan, Barbara Schlick, Dr. Maribeth Dayme, Claudia Patacca, Lodewijk Meeuwsen, Riekje Bakker and Felix Schonenbaum, among others. In addition to the classical repertoire, in her spare time Dianne brushed up on popular music with singing teacher Jolanda Geven. Caroline Almekinders taught her musical theatre. 19th May 2009 she rounded off her Bachelor’s with distinction. Her graduation was also the admission for the Master studie with which she decided to continue her studies.
While studying for her master degree, Dianne perfected her techniques to have classical music intermingle with metal music. Her master’s thesis deals with the vocal techniques and the compositional demands required to blend these styles and with the merging of protocol and free performance in this crossover style. Supervised by economist for the music industry Ton Lamers, she wrote a business plan outlining her vision of combining and executing this in practice, and staged a concert as part of her graduation recital in which she managed to combine, then blend, and eventually fuse these two genres.
In addition, she also attended composition courses, she wrote poems on behalf of composers and during her first year was chairman of the 'New Artez Student Association', a group of master students that focused on organizing and performing interdisciplinary classical concerts.
Dianne is front woman to her band Ex Libris. Ex Libris writes and performs progressive metal which is strongly influenced by the classical background and interests of its various members. At the moment the band is recording its second cd ‘Medea’, based on the story from Greek mythology.