MARIANNE BEATE KIELLAND
Born in Norway, she graduated from the Norwegian Academy of Music and later studied in New York with O. Brown and D. Adams. After completing her studies she joined the Hanover State Opera Company in Germany.
Today, she is one of the most famous singers in Scandinavia and has established herself as one of the most remarkable performers of Baroque music. She regularly works with all the most important choirs and orchestras in Norway and also collaborates with groups such as Anima Eterna, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor and Collegium Vocale Gent, among others. She has sung with renowned conductors such as F. Biondi, P. Herreweghe, J. Savall and M. Suzuki.
She has received extraordinary reviews for her performances of Bach's music and has participated in more than 50 recordings. She was the first female contralto to sing with the Bach Ensemble and Joshua Rifkin and recorded all Bach cantatas for solo contralto by Naxos with Kölner Kammerorchester and Helmut Müller-Brühl. In 2012 she was nominated for a US Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Album for Veslemøy Synsk by the composer Olav Anton Thommessen.