Kristen Witmer began her musical studies with piano and singing at age 8, and harmony under Masato Suzuki at age 15. She studied Classical singing and Baroque singing at Tokyo University of the Arts where she was awarded Yomiuri New Artist Prize, Akanthas Prize and Douseikai Prize upon graduation.
Music studies outside the university included Medieval and Renaissance music and participation in the masterclasses by Peter Kooij, Robin Blaze, Gerd Türk, Masaaki Suzuki and Konrad Richter. She won prizes in contests such as the ‘Yuai International Lied Wettbewerb’, ‘Concour de Melodies Francaise et Japonaise’, ‘Japanischer Mozart Musikwettbewerb’ and ‘Japanischer Schubert Musikwettbewerb’.
As a soloist Kristen has performed Bach’s Cantatas, B-minor mass, Magnificat, St. John and St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Belinda), Faure’s Requiem, Allegri’s Miserere and Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine.
Kristen also appears in concerts with Baroque and Renaissance ensembles such as Bach Collegium Japan (Masaaki Suzuki), Sette Voci (Peter Kooij) and has sung as a soloist with Collegium Vocale Gent (Philippe Herreweghe), Vox Luminis (Lionel Meunier) and L’Armonia Sonora (Mieneke van der Velden).
She currently studies Early Music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague under Lenie van den Heuvel, Peter Kooij, Michael Chance and Jill Feldman.