Belgian soprano Fleur Strijbos received her education from Anne Cambier at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp and Barbara Bonney at the University Mozarteum Salzburg. Fleur completed her master’s recital in Antwerp, earning the highest distinction. Her studies were made possible thanks to the support she received from the Mitialto Foundation, Stichting Robus, and vzw SWUK Vlaanderen.
Fleur's enduring passion lies in ‘Liedkunst’ since she followed the Liedclass under the guidance of Lucienne Van Deyck and Jozef De Beenhouwer. In 2022, Fleur collaborated with pianist Babette Craens to form a Liedduo known as "Duo Fleur Strijbos & Babette Craens." They were selected for the ‘Udo Reinemann Masterclasses 2022-2023,’ gaining insights from experienced mentors such as Christianne Stotijn, Susan Manoff, Margreet Honig, and others.
During her time at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, Fleur had the opportunity to perform roles such as ‘Susanna’ in W.A. Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro," ‘Miss Wordsworth’ in B. Britten's "Albert Herring," and ‘Amore’ in C. Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice." She benefited from the guidance of opera experts, including Guy Joosten, Sabrina Avantario, Jeanne-Minette Cilliers, and Benoît De Leersnyder.
Among Fleur's notable achievements are securing the second prize with the highest distinction at the 'Lions Club National Music Competition for Singers 2022', securing the third prize at the 'Mâcon Symphonies d'automne - concours de chant 2023' in France and reaching the semi-finals of the '22nd International Opera Competition Ottavio Ziino 2023' in Italy. She has also been recognized as a 'Young Talent' at prominent Belgian festivals, including 'Liedfest Antwerp' in 2020, 'Ghent Festival Flanders' in 2021, and 'Young Masters- Middagconcerten Antwerpen vzw' in 2022. In 2021, she attended the 'Puccini Festival Academy,' learning from renowned mentors, which led to her performance as 'Ancella di Turandot I' in “Turandot” and concerts at the 'Puccini Festival 2021' in Italy.
She has had the privilege of receiving masterclasses from esteemed artists like Malcolm Martineau, Christiane Karg, Gaiva Banzinaite, Josef Wallnig, Renata Scotto, Cesare Scarton, Joseph Middleton, Clarry Bartha, Massimo Iannone, Aaron Wajnberg, and others.
Currently, Fleur is an Artist in Residence at SWUK Vlaanderen vzw for the years 2022 and 2023.
In the upcoming season 2023-2024, Fleur will become an Artist in Residence at the Music Chapel Queen Elisabeth.