Mats is a 21-year-old Dutch American voice student at Mozarteum University in Salzburg Austria. This summer Mats made his opera debut in the role of Figaro in the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar's production of Le Nozze di Figaro in Germany.
Mats won a full scholarship to study with Mastro Pianist Warren Jones at the Manchester Music Festival Vocal Workshop in Vermont. He is also the 3rd Prize Winner of the Neapolitan Masters International Singing Competition Young Singer Category.
Mats is known for his musicality, ability to learn new music easily, and a mature, darkly-colored sound. "The voice has sweetness and power, very beautiful, very rare." - Barbara Bonney
As a member of the Salzburg BachChor, Mats performed in Salzburg Easter Festival’s production of Tosca with Christian Thielemann and Anja Harteros as well as Mozart Week's Production of THAMOS with Alondra de la Parra and Rene Pape. He also had a bit part in Salzburg Festival’s groundbreaking production of Aida with Riccardo Muti and Anna Netrebko.
Born in Singapore, Mats joined the school choir in 2008, performing in various school musicals and concerts in Singapore. Mats started opera training in 2013. From 2014 to 2016, he studied at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston with Ms. Angela Gooch and Mr. Gary Durham.
Mats is the Winner of Classical Music for 16-18 age group at the National Association of Teachers for Singing (NATS) Massachusetts State in 2014 and came in 2nd at the Peter Elvins Vocal Competition Teen Division in 2016. He is also one of the 2016 Top 40 US High School Classical Singers.
Mats has performed in recitals around the world including Germany, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, Japan, and USA. He held his first solo recital at the Esplanade Recital Studio in Singapore for over 200 guests with the guest of honor being the Ambassador of Netherlands in June 2015 and again in February 2018.