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Philippe Herreweghe

Philippe Herreweghe

Philippe Herreweghe

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Philippe Herreweghe was born in Ghent. He studied piano at the local Conservatory before going on to study medicine and psychiatry, graduating in 1975. It was during his time at university that he founded the Collegium Vocale and it was then that he caught the attention of Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt. They subsequently invited him to join them in their recording of the complete Cantatas of Bach.

In an endeavour to do adequate justice to a repertory ranging from the Renaissance  to modern and contemporary music, Philippe Herreweghe felt the need to create several ensembles of variable composition with whom he has made nearly sixty recordings  for harmonia mundi: l'Ensemble Vocal Européen, Collegium Vocale Gent (Bach and his forerunners), la Chapelle Royale (French Baroque music), the Orchestre des Champs Elysées (Classical and Romantic music) and the ensemble Musique Oblique.
Philippe Herreweghe has appeared as guest conductor of ensembles like the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, of whom he is the musical director sine 1997. He also conducted the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras.

He was the Artistic Director of the Saintes Festival from 1982 to 2002. He was named Musical Personality of the Year in 1990, European Musician of the Year in 1991, Cultural Ambassador of Flanders with his Collegium Vocale in 1993. Philippe Herreweghe was awarded the order of Officier des Arts et Lettres in 1994, and named Doctor Honoris Causa of Louvain University in 1997. In 2003 he was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, and in October of that same year he was knighted by the King of the Belgians.


 

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