指揮者: リオネル・ムニエ Lionel Meunier

Lionel Meunier (born 12 May 1981 in フランスの都市 クラムシー Clamecy) is the conductor and artistic director of the ensemble Vox Luminis.
He is 6 feet, 8 inches(203.20 cm) tall.

Biography

Meunier studied solfege, recorder and trumpet at the music school in Clamecy. At the age of 18, he went to the Institut Superieur de Musique et de Pedagogie in Namur. Here he obtained his master's degree as a flautist in 2004. He was taught by Tatiana Babut du Maresm and followed masterclasses with Jean Tubery and Hugo Reyne. He then received singing lessons from Rita Dams and Peter Kooij at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. During that period he became a member of the World Youth Choir, which he met through his flatmate tenor Michael Spyres. That's where his love for choral music arose.

As a bass singer and soloist, Meunier sang with ensembles such as Collegium Vocale Gent, Arsys Bourgogne, Amsterdam Baroque Choir, Ch?ur de chambre de Namur, Ex Tempore, I Favoriti de La Fenice, Capella Pratensis and the soloist ensemble of the Netherlands Bach Society. He has worked with conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Pierre Cao, Ton Koopman, Florian Heyerick, Jean Tubery, Christophe Rousset, Tonu Kaljuste, Gustav Leonhardt, Roberto Gini, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Paul Dombrecht, Rinaldo Alessandrini and Richard Egarr.

In 2004, together with pianist Francis Penning, he founded the vocal ensemble Vox Luminis. This ensemble mainly focuses on the vocal music of Italy, England and Germany of the 17th and 18th centuries. An important part of their repertoire is the work of Johann Sebastian Bach. Meunier said in an interview: "That is our core repertoire, which we carry out with heart and soul. The cantata Gottes Zeit ist die beste Zeit, BWV 106 (Actus Tragicus) is one of Johann Sebastian Bach's earlier works. I love that cantata a lot, not only because I'm actually a recorder player and the recorder has a big part in it." Meunier finds it important to use many different voices with different timbres, as opposed to a choir with all similar voices. He once sang in a choir where 36 singers were used to perform Domenico Scarlatti's Stabat Mater, while he himself chooses to use one singer per different vocal line.

In 2012, Vox Luminis broke through internationally, when they received the Gramophone Recording of Year award for their recording of Musicalische Exequien by Heinrich Schutz. In 2016, Meunier and Vox Luminis performed at deSingel in Antwerp, in collaboration with B'Rock Orchestra, with a programme by John Dowland, Henry Purcell and Jean Gilles. In 2018 Vox Luminus was artist in residence at Wigmore Hall in London. Following that residency, Meunier stated in an interview that they owe their success in part to the fact that they don't really work with a conductor on stage: "That makes us unique. Because no one is standing with their back to them, the audience gets the feeling that they can see everything. There are no secrets for them. They see how we communicate with each other and therefore feel that they are part of what is happening. We're also not trying to do anything 'cool'; we just come on stage and we sing. I think people respect that." During the corona crisis, Meunier and Vox Luminis brought a Christmas special on Christmas Eve 2020, which could be followed via live streaming on the OnLive platform of deSingel.

He has worked as a guest conductor with the Netherlands Bach Society, the choir of the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Boston Early Music Festival Collegium.

Meunier is regularly asked to act as a coach, artistic director or conductor for various ensembles. He gives master classes and lectures on the repertoire of the late Renaissance and Baroque. Since 2018 he also works for the Theatre National de Bretagne in Rennes.

In 2021, Vox Luminis released a CD with the Requiem by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber. A reviewer of the Volkskrant wrote: "Lionel Meunier is not only the conductor but he also sings one of the bass parts. What they all achieve together borders on perfection."

Awards

In 2012, Meunier was "Namurois de l'Annee" (Winner of the Year) in the category "Creation Artistique".

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