AboutBass-baritone Sven Weyens started playing the cello at the age of ten, with Frieda Celis. He then studied with Jaap Kruithof, Hans Mannes, France Springuel, Jeroen Reuling and Marcio Carneiro. He took masterclasses from Francois Guy, Wolgang Laufer, Valentin Erben and Thomas Kakuschka (Alban Berg quartet). He has been a member of The Hague Philharmonic (Residentie Orkest) since 2004. In addition, Sven specialised in chamber music. He has performed with, among others, the Josef Aschtak Trio, with whom he toured in Portugal and the U.S.
Already as a child, Sven Weyens had developed a great passion for classical singing as well. During his training as a cellist he also minored in classical singing. His teacher told him to never stop singing, praising his beautiful voice. During his work for the Residentie Orkest, he had the opportunity to perform several times as a bass-baritone in their chamber music series.
In 2014 he began a Master’s Degree Classical Singing at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague under Sasja Hunnego, graduating in 2016 with great distinction. Currently he is coached by Marion van de Akker.
Today, Sven Weyens regularly performs as a bass-baritone in the Netherlands and abroad. His voice allows him a wide choice of repertory, from Bach and Mozart to Kurl Weil, including: Othmar Schoeck’s ‘Vom Fischer und seiner Frau’; Samuel Barber’s ‘Dover Beach’ (performed live for the Dutch classical radio station NPO4); Bartolo in Mozart’s ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ and Don Alfonso in ‘Cosi fan Tutte’; Mozes in CPE Bach’s ‘Israeliten in der Wüste’; the arias and Christus van JS Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passions; the role of Bobby in Kurt Weill’s “Mahagonny Songspiel’ directed by Jiří Menzel (Martinů Festtage Luzern); and Schubert’s Schöne Müllerin’ and ‘Winterreise’.
Sven is convinced that the musical training and experience he acquired as a cellist has profoundly deepened and enriched his singing.