Collegium Vocale Gent

The Collegium Vocale Gent was founded in 1970 by Philippe Herreweghe. It was one of the first ensembles to adapt what were at the time new ideas about baroque performance practice in vocal music. Soon such musicians as Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt became acquainted with the Flemish choir and engaged it to collaborate on their projects. Since the mid-1980s the Collegium Vocale Gent has enjoyed an international reputation, with invitations to perform in the leading concert halls of Europe, Israel, Russia, the United States, East Asia, and Australia. The choir’s repertoire is not limited to one particular era but ranges from Renaissance vocal polyphony, baroque works, and classical and romantic oratorios to contemporary music, with the oeuvre of Bach and Handel as a focus.  Along with regular performances with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées conducted by Philippe Herreweghe, the Collegium Vocale Gent gives concerts with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the Berlin Academy for Early Music, as well as with such traditional symphony orchestras as the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Such conductors as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sigiswald Kuijken, René Jacobs, Paul Van Nevel, Iván Fischer, Marcus Creed, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin have led the Collegium. More than 75 recordings, which have won many awards, document their artistic achievements. The Collegium Vocale Gent was named Ambassador of the European Union in 2011 and is supported by the Education and Culture Program of the European Union, the Flemish Cultural Ministry, the Province of East Flanders, and the City of Ghent.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 16 April 1992 in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion under Philippe Herreweghe.

August 2012