Truike van der Poel first studied classical philology in Leiden, then singing in Den Haag and choir conducting in Rotterdam, which she taught after her exams until 2001 in Hannover. Since then she concentrates on singing.
Besides the baroque and classical oratorio she is especially engaged in the interpretation of contemporary music, and performed at Warsaw Autumn, Davos Festival, Musica Viva (Munich), at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, at IRCAM in Paris and others. She was a permanent member of the Balthasar Neumann Choir (Thomas Hengelbrock) and the Schola Heidelberg (Walter Nussbaum) and worked as guest with the Ensemble L’itinéraire and the Ensemble Resonanz.
She was soloist in world premieres of vocal chamber music by Salvatore Sciarrino, Carola Bauckholt, René Leibowitz, Dora Cojocaru, Thomas Stiegler, Erik Oña, Caspar Johannes Walter and many others and she is the "voice" of the Thürmchen Ensemble in Cologne. Since 2007 Truike van der Poel is member of the Neue Vocalsolisten.