A collaborator at heart, a lot of Brenda's work as a classical musician consists of ensemble playing and choir accompaniment. A highlight since moving to the UK in 2016 was the performing Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols with the St Paul's Cathedral Choristers led by Andrew Carwood, in December 2020.
She also loves to perform recital presentations showcasing the harp in various styles, at events big and small, from stage to living room.
Her orchestral experience includes early career tours as the harpist in the European Union Youth Orchestra, where she played under the baton of Bernard Haitink, and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, led by Christopher Eschenbach.
Brenda received a thorough classical training at Codarts University of the Arts (then Rotterdams Conservatorium), where she started studying with Teresia Rieu when she was only 13, she developed a very solid base both technically and musically.
After graduating as a Bachelor in Music in 1998, Brenda received a grant to study in Germany with Prof. Helga Storck, where her performance skills and orchestra playing were brought to a higher level.
She concluded her classical training by returning to Codarts, where she further refined her technique and musical skills under the guidance of Godelieve Schrama.
All of the above and more has made its way into her teaching, which provides her students with the technical abilities as well as musical knowledge and aural, sightreading & collaboration skills needed to function in whichever genre(s) they choose.