Mirusia Louwerse

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Mirusia Louwerse

Louwerse at the 2012 ARIA No. 1 Chart Awards
Background information
Born(1985-03-29) 29 March 1985 (age 27)
OriginBrisbane, Australia
GenresClassical
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2006–present
Associated actsAndré Rieu
Websitewww.mirusia.net
 
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Mirusia Louwerse

Louwerse at the 2012 ARIA No. 1 Chart Awards
Background information
Born(1985-03-29) 29 March 1985 (age 27)
OriginBrisbane, Australia
GenresClassical
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2006–present
Associated actsAndré Rieu
Websitewww.mirusia.net

Mirusia Louwerse (born (1985-03-29) 29 March 1985 (age 27)) is a Dutch Australian[1] soprano. She performs as 'Mirusia' and is seen by the Australian press as "The Unconventional Pop Star".[2]

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Career

Louwerse was born in Brisbane, Australia. She graduated in December 2006 from the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane obtaining a Bachelor of Music in Performance in Classical Voice. In 2006, Louwerse became the youngest ever winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award[3] and went on to record a debut album entitled She Walks in Beauty.

Louwerse is a lyric soprano and has performed in such operas as Mozart's The Magic Flute, Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges and Britten's Albert Herring.[4]

Her aunt, who lives in the Netherlands, contacted André Rieu to tell him about her niece's talent. He listened to her voice on her website and phoned her straight away and two days later she was standing before him in his studio ready to sing.[1]

She has been touring with Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu since 2007 as soprano soloist.[5] She is of Dutch descent and can speak Dutch fluently. In May 2008, André Rieu and Louwerse released an album entitled Waltzing Matilda in Australia which made it to the number one position on the Australian music charts and went platinum within ten days.[6] On Rieu's DVD I Lost My Heart in Heidelberg (2009) she sings the title song "Ich hab' mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren", as well as "Zwei kleine Italiener", "In mir klingt ein Lied", and (with Carla Maffioletti and the Berlin Comedian Harmonists) "Adieu, mein kleiner Gardeoffizier".[7]

Louwerse in January 2011

Her album Always & Forever was released in Australia on 8 October 2010, and went straight to #1 on the ARIA classical charts[citation needed] and #17 on the ARIA pop charts[8]. It was also released in The Netherlands in December 2010 and reached #26 on the Dutch pop charts.[citation needed] Her DVD Always & Forever was released in March 2011 and stayed at the #1 position on the ARIA DVD charts for 4 weeks.[9] In 2012 Mirusia won the ARIA #1 Chart Award for 'Always & Forever' and was the only classical artist to receive such an award. [10]

Louwerse is an ambassador for the Australian Children's Music Foundation[11] and believes strongly that if children are exposed to music or are involved in music, they will grow up to be better human beings. In 2010 and 2012, Louwerse participated in two concerts to raise funds for the ACMF, which raised more than $100,000 for music in schools in Australia.[12] She is also the Star Ambassador for the Dutch Social Network Foundation, who help raise funds for sick children and their parents and source important medical equipment and treatments through Social Networking. [13]

Louwerse will be touring Australia solo in September and November 2012 with special guests Sam Moran, Adam Lopez and Greg Moore. [14]

Discography

YearAlbum title
2006She Walks in Beauty (Independent release)
2007Songs of Inspiration (ABC Classics)
2008Waltzing Matilda (Universal Music Australia) #1 ARIA pop charts
2008Waltzing Matilda – Special New Zealand Edition (Universal Music New Zealand)
2008Ich tanze mit Dir in den Himmel Hinein (Universal Music Germany)
2008Passionnément (Universal Music France)
2010Always & Forever (CD) (Universal Music Australia and Universal Music Netherlands) #1 classical charts
2011Always & Forever (DVD) (Universal Australia) #1 ARIA DVD charts
2012Home (Independent Release)

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