Marcus van den Akker
Award winning Dutch-Australian Baritone and specialist voice trainer Marcus van den Akker, was born in Ossendrecht – The Netherlands. He immigrated to Australia as a teenager and currently resides in the UK. He is a versatile artist with a wide and varied interest in the vocal repertoire. He is a consummate performer of recital and oratorio genres, which have included radio broadcasts in the Netherlands and Australia. His various Operatic roles have included performances in Australia, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Italy.
Marcus has a strong passion and talent for training and guiding classical singers. His teaching has at its foundation an holistic approach, with a thorough working knowledge of modern vocal pedagogy. He works in collaboration and in consultation with a team of other distinguished specialist professionals whenever possible. He has a direct and meticulous teaching style, strongly evolved through the ideals of the Bel- Canto school (indirectly Celletti), Jo Estill, Janice Chapman and Raymond Connell, as well as his movement studies of Alexander Technique and Rudolf Laban.
Marcus van den Akker runs a highly successful private studio in central London and is currently contracted by The Guildhall School of Music – London. He held teaching positions at Westminster School in London, the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School for gifted musicians and dancers, The Melbourne University-Conservatorium of Music and The Victorian College of the Arts School of Music in Australia. He is requested for examination, audition and consultation panels.