As of September 1, 2014, Pierre Mak will be appointed Head of Voice at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Pierre Mak has already been a principal subject teacher of voice at the CvA for years. As a soloist, his wide-ranging repertoire includes many performances in operas and oratorios. Additionally, he is much in demand as a Lied singer.
Pierre Mak’s career as a baritone developed throughout his studies at the conservatories of Zwolle and Utrecht and at the Mozarteum University Salzburg and the Schola Cantorum Basilienis in Basel. He participated in in master classes given by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Robert Holl and took lessons with Aafje Heynis, Henny Diemer and Margreet Honig.
Pierre Mak works frequently as a soloist in performances of oratorios. His wide-ranging repertoire includes Bach’s Passions, a large number of 19th century oratorios, such as Faure’s Requiem, Brahms’s Ein deutches Requiem, St. Paul and Elija by Mendelssohn, and 20th century oratorios such as Carmina burana by Orff and Tippett’s A Child Of Our Time. Pierre Mak’s great passion for the German romantic Lieder and the French Art Song has led him to give countless recitals in these genres.
In the autumn of 2007 Pierre Mak made his opera debut playing with great success the role of Der Gatte in Operastudio Nederland’s production of Reigen (Philippe Boesmans, 1993) directed by Harry Kupfer. This production later returned to Théâtre de la Bastille in Paris. In 2009 Pierre Mak performed in a reworking of P.C. Hooft’s Granida and in 2011 he sang the role of Frank in Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, directed by Hans Nieuwenhuis. In 2013, he was part of the project Rheingold op de Rijn as Fasolt in the very successful production of Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner.