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NEDERLANDSE biografie         

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Henk Neven studied with Maarten Koningsberger and Margreet Honig at the Conservatory of Amsterdam where he graduated cum laude in 2003. In 2002 he received a diploma cum laude from the New Opera Academy. He followed masterclasses with Graham Johnson, Graham Clark, Rudolf Jansen, Hartmut Höll and Jard van Nes and is now regularly coached by Margreet Honig and Robert Holl.
In winning the 2008 Fortis MeesPierson Award, the jury declared that "Neven has the potential to grow into a sensational artist". In 2009 Henk Neven was awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship and joined the prestigious Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme. In April 2011 Neven received the Dutch Music Prize ('Nederlandse Muziekprijs'), the highest honor that the Ministry of Culture can award to a classical musician.

In addition to lieder and oratorio Henk Neven has sung in many operas, performing such roles as Marco Gianni Schicchi, Don Giovanni and Leporello Don Giovanni, Count Le nozze di Figaro, Phorbas Oedipe, Patrocle Iphiginie en Aulide, Mercutio Roméo et Juliette, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas, Donald Billy Budd, Schaunard La boheme, Morales Carmen, Ben The Telephone and Mr. Gobineau The Medium, Mars Vénus et Adonis, Pollux Castor et Pollux and Frère Léon St. François d’Assise, staged by Pierre Audi which was also recorded for DVD by Opus Arte (De Nederlandse Opera). He has appeared at the Opéra National de Paris, La Monnaie, Staatsoper Berlin Unter den Linden, Theater an der Wien, Le Duo de Dijon, Grand Théatre de Bordeaux, L’Opéra National de Montpellier, Grand Theatre de Tours, Opéra de Rouen and De Nederlandse Opera. In the Notre Dame in Paris he sung the role of Joseph in L’Enfance du Christ by Hector Berlioz, conducted by John Nelson.

Neven has worked with well-known ensembles
such as the Orchestra of the Beethovenhalle, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Bergen Philharmonic, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Netherlands Bachvereniging, Vlaams Radio Orkest, L’Orchestre National de France, L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre d’Opéra National de Paris, Staatskapelle Berlin, L’ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Les Concerts Spirituels and Les Talens Lyriques. He has worked with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim,Edo de Waart, Jaap van Zweden, Jos van Veldhoven, Jan Willem de Vriend, Hervé Niquet, Emanuel Krivine, Kenneth Montgomery, Joel Levi, Patrick Lange, Paulo Olmi, Armin Jordan, John Nelson, Ed Spanjaard, Marc Soustrot, Marc Minkovsky and Christophe Rousset.

Henk Neven has performed in the Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht, Operadagen Rotterdam, Gergiev Festival and is a regular guest in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In the NTR ZaterdagMatinee series in the Concertgebouw he performed Vanessa (Barber), Requiem (Fauré), Bakchantinen (Wellesz), Jérusalem (Verdi), Flammen (Schulhoff), Andrea Chenier (Giordano), La chute de la maison Usher (Debussy) and Roméo et Juliette (Gounod). During the 2004/2005 season Neven gave recitals with cellist Jan Bastiaan Neven and pianist Jelger Blanken as part of the concert series 'Het Debuut' (The Debut). In the Robeco summer series of the Concertgebouw he performed the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni in addition to singing in the concert series 'Jonge Nederlanders' in the Kleine Zaal with pianist Hans Eijsackers.
Recent engagements included recital debuts at the City of London Festival, Cheltenham Festival and the BBC Proms.  In 2011 Neven also sung recitals in the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), La Monnaie (Brussels), Beurs van Berlage (Amsterdam), Musée d’Orsay (Paris) and made his debut in Wigmore Hall, London, and the Sage, Gateshead.
Henk’s first commercial album, 'Auf einer Burg' with lieder by Robert Schumann and Carl Loewe, received much critical acclaim and was nominated for the prestigious Gramophone Award.

Upcoming highlights include the world premiere of Marijn Simons’ 4th Symphony, Bach’s Matthäus Passion with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, recitals in London (Wigmore Hall), Scotland and the Netherlands and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Opéra de Marseille.

last updated: January 2012