Armanda Brink is considered a musical centipede and has a versatile record as a singer, pianist, actress both as conductor and pedagogue.
Born in the Netherlands in The Hague, Armanda soon developed great interests for a.o. singing and piano and attended with high scores the Twents Conservatoire. As classical soprano she was to be admired in a.o. Mozart’s requiem, Exsultate Jubilate and Die Zauberflote , Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Gloria of Vivaldi, Te Deum from Charpentier, The Creation of Haydn, as well as more op-positional material like The Three Pennies Opera, Carmina Burana and the Missa Criolla of Ramirez. In a short while she as well started off appearing on stage in theatershows and with programs singing Jewish Songs and French Chansons, ballads and jazz.
As conductor and musical director Armanda ten Brink leads several choirs and theater groups in Holland and Germany with whom she performed musicals like Kiss me Kate, Payama Game, Tabaluga, Les Miserables Jesus Christ Superstar and Titanic, as well as several different masses and the Requiem of Mozart, works of Rossini and Haydn, Orff, Händel and Bizet, the Johannes Passion by Johan Sebastian Bach, Misa Criolla and Navidad Nuestra by Ramirez, the Mass of the Children by John Rutter and the European premiere of Karl Jenkins’s The Peacemakers with the Dutch Symphonic Orchestra.
Both as a singer as conductor she visited Germany, Austria, Poland, Italy, Spain, England and Canada and brought a compilation of her theatershow about the life and music of Edith Piaf in Brazil and Chile. Annually, leading up to Easter, she is a few weeks on the road with an edited version of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar in Holland and Germany.
The high quality combination of pianist, conductor and singer made Armanda ten Brink as well a much sought teacher and workshop leader. She worked with The Ely Cathedral Boys Choir in Cambridgeshire, taught at the Music Academy in Slupsk [Poland], the academy for gifted students in Lingen [Germany] and the famous Tolzerknabenchor in Munich [Germany], the Artez-Conservatoire in Enschede [ Holland] and the Musikschule Niedergrafschaft [Germany]. With her students she won several international competitions in Hannover, Lübeck [Germany] and Verona [Italy]. For her great commitment and contribution to the cultural life in the Netherlands in 2009 Armanda was Appointed Knight in the Order of Oranje Nassau by the Dutch Queen Beatrix.
Besides a new theater show, this moment Armanda ten Brink is focusing herself on several extensive new choir projects. One of them are the European premières in a large setting of the most recent composition for orchestra, mezzo-soprano and choir by Sir Karl Jenkins, called ‘Sing ! The Music was Given’, based on a poem by Thomas Moore. This new work will be performed with the Dutch Symphonic Orchestra on 2 and 3 February in respectively the Euregiumhall in Nordhorn [Germany] and the MuziekCentrum Enschede [Holland]. Later up the second half of 2018 Armanda will be conducting ‘Die Jahreszeiten’ by Joseph Haydn in both country’s, dates and performing places will be coming up soon.