Martijn Sanders, Baritone – Helen Sykes Artists' Management

Martijn Sanders


Praised for making “a big impression with his calm, relaxed delivery and well projected voice”.


After winning First Prize at the Nico Dostal Singing Competition in Austria he made his début as Papageno Die Zauberflӧte in the Schӧnbrunn Baroque Theater  and as Dandini La Cenerentola at the Rheinsberg Festival.  Principal engagements have taken him to Vienna Chamber Opera, Stadttheater Baden, Dutch National Opera, Nederlandse Reisopera, several international festivals and major concert halls.

Read Martijn Sanders’s full biography below.

Current Highlights

Claudius Hamlet Opera2day, Netherlands


Die Gezeichneten (F.Schreker) Amsterdam Concertgebouw Markus Stenz

“Martijn Sanders pours out golden tone, sounding like the young Hvorostovsky.”

“Sanders sang and played in a way that must have been inspired by great experience and a lot of courage. He sounded fantastic.”

“Martijn Sanders has one of the most impressive baritone voices of the Netherlands.”

“Martijn Sanders made a big impression with his calm, relaxed delivery and well projected voice…he added a dramatic dimension to his passionate singing…”

“The bass Martijn Sanders gave extra shine through his expression and warm timbre. Memorable is his interpretation of the aria The Trumpet Shall Sound.”




After winning First Prize at the Nico Dostal Singing Competition in Austria he made his début as Papageno Die Zauberflӧte in the Schӧnbrunn Baroque Theater during Vienna Mozart week and as Dandini La Cenerentola at the Rheinsberg Festival.

As a member of the soloist ensemble of Opera Zuid in Maastricht his roles included Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Figaro Le nozze di Figaro, Popolani Barbe Bleue, Sagrestano Tosca, Escamillo Carmen, De Bretigny Manon and Falke Die Fledermaus.

He subsequently performed at the Vienna Chamber Opera, Stadttheater Baden, De Nederlandse Opera, Nederlandse Reisopera, and several international festivals where his roles included Figaro and Conte Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Title Role Don Giovanni , Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte, Title Role Pimpinone (Telemann), Uberto La serva padrone, Action West Side Story, Maître Jean La Colombe, Basilowitsch Der Graf von Luxemburg, Senator Die Gezeichneten, Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Patrocles King Priam and Sacha Cheryomushki.  He portrayed Jovan in Isidora Zebeljan’s opera Zora D. at the Belgrade Music Festival. His repertoire also includes Junius The Rape of Lucretia, Escamillo Carmen, Tonio Pagliacci, and Alfio Cavalleria rusticana.

Martijn Sanders is a regular guest in the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, including at the famous Saturday matinée concerts.  He made his debut with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestr, in Munich Philharmonic Hall as Vitellius in Massenet’s Herodiade returning to perform Johann in Massenet’s Werther under Marco Armiliato.  He performed Joseph in Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ with the Brabant orchestra under Michael Tabachnik, L’ami in Debussy’s La chute de la maison Usher with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under Edo de Waart and the Don Quichotte Songs by Ravel and Ibert with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under Alexander Liebreich.

Martijn Sanders has also performed with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.  His concert repertoire includes Brahms Requiem, Dvorak Stabat Mater and Requiem, Hӓndel Messiah, Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Rachmaninov The Bells.

Other conductors he has worked with include Matthias Bamert, Frans Brüggen, Peter Dijkstra Tan Dun, Jun Mӓrkl, Ingo Metzmacher, Kenneth Montgomery, John Nelson, Lawrence Renes, Etienne Siebens and Jaap van Zweden.

Future and current highlights include Claudius Hamlet (Thomas) for Opera2day, Die Gezeichneten (F.Schreker) in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw under Markus Stenz, Carmina Burana with the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen under Heiko Fӧrster and New Year Concerts with the Philharmonie Zuid Nederland under Enrico Delamboye.

Born in the Netherlands Martijn Sanders studied at the Utrecht Conservatorium, the University of Music in Vienna and at the Amsterdam Opera Studio.

This biography is not for publication.  Please contact the office for an updated version.



Martijn Sanders – DoelenKwartet – Play It Again

DoelenKwartet: Play It Again

Live from the Doelen, Rotterdam
3 CD’s with works from: Jansen, Hamel, Top, Badings, Dutilleux, Britten, Prokofiev, Rihm, Donatoni, Kaipainen and Kagel.

Martijn Sanders – Steve Dobrogosz – My Rose

Steve Dobrogosz: My Rose, A Shakespeare Oratorio

CD recording with the Nationaal Symfonisch Kamerorkest. 


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