Soprano Dianne van Giersbergen and pianist Erik Onnink met at the ArtEZ School of Music in Arnhem. After graduation they decided to form a duo, combining the various musical styles they persued next to their classical training. In their adventurous programmes they show that the dividing line between light and classical music is not as clear-cut as most people think. Whether with a classical piece of music, a pop song or a composition or arrangement of their own, Dianne and Erik try to move people and take the listener with them on a fascinating journey through old and new music.
For Dianne's 'Master Recital' composer Simon Mitchell arranged two songs that Dianne originally composed Ex Libris' second album 'Medea'. The recitative: ‘Jason where have you gone’ and the aria ‘The sun has set’, were both presented in his arrangement during this recital.
The collaboration between Simon and Dianne worked out so well that they decided to join forces again this year. At the moment they are composing songs together which they will later on release on their first album. The songs are a cross over between classical, pop and film music that together create a whole new genre. At June 24 two of these songs will premiere at Simon's 'Bachelor Recital' at ArtEZ Arnhem.