Maaike Christie-Beekman started her vocal training and pedagogy studies at the Amsterdam Conservatorium where she first graduated for her Bachelor’s degree in vocal pedagogy and in 2000 gained her artist diploma. She studied with renowned voice teacher Margreet Honig. She also studied at the Conservatoire de Metz, France with Udo Reinemann.
To enhance her skills in chamber music, Maaike took part at the Britten Pears School in Aldeburgh with Sergei Leiferkus, and followed art song courses with Roger Vignoles, Rudolf Jansen and Konrad Richter.
From 2002, she was a member of the Netherlands Opera Studio and worked with director Pierre Audi and conductors Nicholas McGegan and Ed Spanjaard.
As a professional singer, Maaike has sung opera, oratorio and chamber music throughout the Netherlands and Europe and features on Brilliant Classics, singing the title role of Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba and featuring on Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias.
In 2010 Maaike moved to New Zealand with her husband and two daughters. She was a Resident Artist for the New Zealand Opera for two years and performed in a number of Days Bay Opera productions. Currently, Maaike regularly performs chamber music and oratorio. She has sung at the Schubertiade Festival, sang Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Ete with the Manawatu symphony orchestra, performed Mahler songs with the Wellington Chamber Orchestra and regularly collaborates with the Takiri ensemble. As an oratorio soloist, she performed among others in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Orpheus choir, Handel’s Messiah with the Christchurch City Choir and Rachmaninov’s Vespers with Inspirare.
Next to her singing, Maaike is a voice teacher, conductor and offers training and workshops in performance, presentation and stagecraft. Currently she is an artist teacher at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music teaching Voice & Performance and Stagecraft.