The Dutch soprano Claudia Couwenbergh studied in Maastricht with Ingrid Kappelle and Barbara Schlick, participating in master-classes with Rudolf Piernay, Elly Ameling, Rudolf Jansen, Paul Esswood, Kai Wessl and Konrad Junghänei and assisted by Gemma Visser. She has appeared with the Baroque orchestra L’Arpa Festante, the Cologne Baroque Orchestra, the Limburg Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Academy. For Netherlands radio she sang the first performance of Jo van de Borrens’s Cantico Espiritual and French Baroque repertoire with the Ensemble Agimont at the Festival Musica Sacra. She was a prize-winner in the Erna Spoorenberg Singing Competition and in addition to her activities in the concert-hall and opera-house has appeared in Lieder recitals, often with the pianist Carola Zafarana. She has sung at Bach’s birth-place in Eisenach and in 2004 gave a song recital for the Queen of The Netherlands.