The Royal Biography

"Jazz, theatre, close harmony, retro and a tiny bit of feminism!''

In 2019 jazz singer Sophie de Graaf joins the project as the new Royal Soprano!

Playful and fun are Sophie's signature. She puts great emphasis on lyrics and delivering the musical message to the audience.
 

With a background in jazz, Sophie is meant-to-sing the challenging parts of a Royal Sister!

Sophie de Graaf

Lotte Janssen has been securing the strong alto-base in the Royal Sisters since 2017.

Janssen is a songwriter and experienced vocal group practitioner that has been singing in vocal group One Bird Orchestra for years.
She won the Belgian Young Music Award at TAZ15 festival and has released her first EP: Growing Pains.
Lotte's experience and creative input are the cherry ontop of the great personal and musical dynamics between The Royal Sisters.

Lotte Janssen
Liesbeth Gieben

The Royal Sisters were created by mezzo Liesbeth Gieben.

Already since high school Gieben had a special love for singing together in harmony. While studying at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague she started experimenting with the presentation and music of the golden, old jazz standards. The results were innovative, daring and dramatic arrangements.

In 2015 Liesbeth found herself two musical sisters and officially named the project, since they all met at the Royal Conservatory: The Royal Sisters.

 

Rhythm Section:

The Royal Rhythm Section consists of these three noblemen:

Laurence Fish - Piano

The UK jazz journal describes our British pianist as a musician who plays with ''taste, feeling and finesse'' in a 4 star review of his debut album 'Sen's Fortress' by critic Mark Gardner.

Marijn van de Ven - Double bass
Marijn van de Ven graduated in 2013 cum laude at the Rotterdam Conservatory and has been working actively in the dutch and European musice scene ever since. He is known as a reliable sideman, with experience in almost every music style.

Thomas de Visser - drums
Thomas studied with some of the finest drummers in the Netherlands,
He is now known for his energy and swing. In his creative and melodic playing you can always hear his respect for the jazz tradition.

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