Maarten Stevens received his first singing lessons from Arnold Ardts. At the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague he studied with Maria Acda-Maas, Han-Louis Meijer and Ana Sánchez Donate. He had singing lessons with Marcel Reijans and participated in masterclasses with Frank van Aken, Raymond Modesti and Meinard Kraak. Currently he is coached by Henny Diemer and Han-Louis Meijer.
As a soloist he sang among other things Vespro della Beata Vergine by Monteverdi, cantatas by Bach, Messiah by Händel, Die Schöpfung and Die sieben letzten Worte by Haydn, Requiem and Krönungsmesse by Mozart, Petite messe solennelle by Rossini, Les sept paroles by Franck, Oratorio de Noël by Saint-Saëns and Requiem by Kreek. In 2017 one could hear and see him in the opera Acis and Galatea by Händel, a production of BarokOpera Amsterdam. During a summer course (2015) of the International Belcanto Academy in cooperation with Opera Noord-Holland-Noord he sang the role of Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi by Puccini. Besides this he sang as a soloist contemporary music during the Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Utrecht (2013, 2014) and the Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn (2014). In recitals with songs by Schubert, Schumann (i.a. Dichterliebe & Liederkreis Opus 39), Brahms, Wolf, Mahler, Grieg, Tosti and Poulenc he worked with the pianists Han-Louis Meijer and Rik Kuppen.
As a chorister he sang among other things in the Matthäus-Passion, cantatas and motets by J.S. Bach, Händel’s Israel in Egypt, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Beethoven’s Fidelio, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Schönberg’s Gurrelieder, Fauré’s Requiem, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Martin’s Messe pour double chœur a cappella, Britten’s War Requiem, Vivier’s Journal and Henze’s Elogium Musicum. In these projects he worked with conductors Riccardo Chailly, Reinbert de Leeuw, Nathalie Stutzmann, Jan Willem de Vriend, Cristian Măcelaru, Antonella Manacorda, Jac van Steen, Pablo Heras-Casado, Jonathan Darlington, Marcus Creed, Wiecher Mandemaker, Daniël Salbert, Caroline Westgeest, Manoj Kamps and Klaas-Jan de Groot. Maarten has sung three years in the Laurens Collegium Rotterdam and Rotterdam Symphony Chorus.
Besides his musical education Maarten holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Cultural Studies from the Radboud University of Nijmegen.