Herreweghe: conductor

Alexander Janiczek: conductor, violin

Philippe Herreweghe was born in Ghent and combined his university studies (medicine and psychiatry) with piano studies at the Conservatory. Herreweghe made his mark as a specialist in the areas of Renaissance and Baroque Music with the Collegium Vocale Gent, La Chapelle Royale and later with the Ensemble Vocal Européen, all of which he founded himself.

Since 1991 he has devoted himself to performing Romantic music with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, using original instruments. From 1982 to 2001 he was in charge of the festival, Les Académies Musicales de Saintes, as Artistic Director. From 2008 onwards he will be Principal Guest Conductor of the Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Hilversum. As Principal Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Philippe Herreweghe has devoted himself for over ten years to fresh and invigorating readings of the (pre)Romantic repertoire. Philippe Herreweghe has performed as a Guest Conductor with, amongst others, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Concerto Köln, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest.


His most significant recordings include Bach’s vocal masterpieces (such as the St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, the B Minor Mass and the Christmas Oratorio), an anthology of French ‘Grands Motets’, requiem masses by Mozart, Fauré and Brahms, oratorios by Mendelssohn and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. With his Royal Flemish Philharmonic Philippe Herreweghe prepares a complete recording of Beethoven’s symphonies in co-operation with the international PentaTone label.

In recognition of his artistic vision, Philippe Herreweghe received the award for Musical Personality of the Year 1990 from the European musical press. Philippe Herreweghe was appointed Cultural Ambassador of Flanders in 1993, along with the Collegium Vocale Gent. A year later he became an Officer of the Belgian Order of Arts and Letters and in 1997 he received an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Louvain. In 2003 he was made Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in France.