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> June 2018

Henk is pleased to announce that as of 1 July 2018 he will be represented by Keynote Artist Management in London. His managers are Alan Coates and Lizzie Morgan.

> March 2018

With Love from Russia

Henk Neven - baritone | Hans Eijsackers - piano | Jan Bastiaan Neven - cello

A wonderful survey of Russian song, in new arrangements. Henk Neven is joined once again by pianist Hans Eijsackers and also by his cellist brother Jan Bastiaan Neven. Ranging from Glinka in the early 19th century to Rachmaninov in the 20th century via Borodin, Dargomyzhsky and Tchaikovsky, the programme also features a selection from Prokofiev's 'Chout' in arrangements for cello & piano. A wonderfully intimate sound world is conjured by the musicians in this recital of well known and less well known songs – with love from Russia.

Songs by Glinka, Dargomyzhsky, Rachmaninov, Borodin, Tchaikovsky arr. voice, cello & piano Selections from 'Chout' by Prokofiev for cello & piano.

Onyx Classics ONYX4193

We are very grateful for all those that generously contributed to the Voordekunst campaign in support of our CD.


From Russia with Love> September 2017

From Russia with Love

With the overwhelming support of crowdfunding we are thrilled to announce that our dream project, From Russia with Love, is a reality. We are so grateful for all those that generously contributed to the Voordekunst campaign in support of our CD. From Russia with Love includes romantic Russian songs by Borodin, Glinka, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky for baritone, cello and piano. Early September we recorded From Russia with Love in one of our favourite concert halls in the Netherlands, the Jurriaanse Zaal in De Doelen in Rotterdam.

From Russia with Love will be released in spring 2018.


BBC Music Magazine Collection "Opera classics" recording

Henk is featured on "Opera classics", the latest album release in the BBC Music Magazine Collection. Performing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Henk sings Mozart and Handel arias.

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From Russia with Love will be released in spring 2018.

codarts> February 2017

CD recording "From Russia with love"

A baritone sounding like a cello, a cello singing, a pianist speaking Russian on his instrument... We, Henk Neven, Jan Bastiaan Neven and Hans Eijsackers, two brothers and a brother in music, share our passion in our program "From Russia with love". A program with romantic Russian songs for baritone, cello and piano. Some songs are originally composed for this instrumentation by Borodin, Glinka, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky. The other songs we play in our own arrangements. After a successful performance at The Cello Biënnale Amsterdam 2016 we decided to make a CD recording of " From Russia with love". In the passed our careers crossed regularly at international festivals and the Dutch National Opera. Now we want to realise our long cherished wish. We are going to record this unique repertoire in the studio.

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codarts> March 2016

: Rêves d'Espagne!

Spain and Spanish themes are at the core of this unusual and attractive recital from Dutch baritone Henk Neven. On this album: Ibert's Quatre chansons de Don Quichote, Shostakovich's Six Spanish Songs, which imbue the Spanish theme with an unmistakable Russian flavour, Ravel's Trois chanson de Don Quichote,and Dørumsgaard's Spanish Traditional Songs.

Henk Neven, Hans Eijsackers
Rêves d'Espagne!
ONYX 4132

The CD presentation of Rêves d'Espagne! will take place in the Concergebouw in Amsterdam, as part of Henk Neven and Hans Eijsackers' recital on March 15th.
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from the CD introduction, written by Henk Neven:

"Don Quixote is a dreamer, an idealist.
He steps out of the real world and creates a new reality. A farmer’s daughter becomes a stunningly beautiful princess, the inn becomes a castle, the stocky neighbour turns into Squire Sancho Panza, askinny farmer’s nag becomes a noble racehorse and Alonso Quixano turns into Don Quixote de la Mancha! Fully believing in himself and his dream turned reality, the nobleman goes in pursuit of love and wages war to make the world a fairer and more beautiful place.

A fool or inspiring hero?
It is becoming increasingly harder to dream in a society where almost everything is within reach, where desires are quickly fulfilled, where anything abnormal or unknown has no purpose and where unknown worlds can be discovered from your computer.
Just sometimes I long for the pre-internet era where dreams could not be realised at the click of a mouse; a time when the unknown still awakened curiosity and longing."

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> January 2016


As of September 2016, Henk will join the Codarts Rotterdam classical music voice faculty.

Henk: "I am very happy that I can be a part of the singing team at Codarts. Codarts and Rotterdam breathe the right atmosphere for me, one of energy and progress, based on tradition. I am motivated to share my experience. Together with colleagues from the department of classical singing I look forward to preparing younger singers for the future. I think there could be new generation of singers trained in Rotterdam with a sound technical basis and a broad artistic perspective."

Located in the heart of Rotterdam, Codarts (University of the Arts) is an international university with approximately 1,000 students, offering high-quality arts education in the fields of music, dance and circus. The Classical Music department has over 80 years of experience in training young talent who aspire to a professional musical future.

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> May 2015


De Doelen, Schubert Stichting and Operadagen Rotterdam present Henk Neven and Hans Eijsackers in a series of masterclasses in Rotterdam, from 22 - 24 May. Four lied duos were chosen to participate in the masterclasses. The closing concert on May 24th will include performances by the participants of the masterclass and Schubert's Winterreise, performed by Mr. Neven and Mr. Eijsackers.
Inspired by Schubert's masterwork, artist Renee Wolters created a series of paintings which will be on display during the closing concert.

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INTERVIEW: "Kijkje in de Keuken van de Meesters"

> September / October 2014

REVIEWS Castor et Pollux Rameau
Opéra de Dijon

"Le Pollux de Henk Neven nous ravit. La voix est pleine, ronde, bien timbrée, toujours intelligible."
Yvan Beuvard, Forumopera.com

"Le baryton-basse néerlandais Henk Neven incarne toute la noblesse et l’élégance qui conviennent à Pollux…"
Jean-Marc Piriou, bachtrack.com

"..le Pollux de Henk Neven a de la tenue et du sentiment, sinon le moelleux désirable."
Jean-Philippe Grosperrin, diapaison

" L’engagement des chanteurs se situe à la hauteur de l’enjeu : leur attention au texte et à la déclamation mérite tous les éloges. En Pollux, Henk Neven familier du rôle, ardent, vibrant (superbe „present des dieux” - )"
Michel Le Naour, concertclassic.com

"Pollux (Henk Neven) sait exprimer aussi bien la détermination que l’amour fraternel avec une égale vigueur, et il a dans cette version un rôle primordial"
Joelle Farenc, resmusica.com

> October 2014

Wigmore HallREVIEWS Wigmore Hall recitals

“You’ll still get a shock when you first hear him, because he sounds so much like a young Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau – hardly a disadvantage, and it’s obvious that his supple, finely coloured voice is a natural asset rather than an imposed style. He is no ‘school of’ singer, however, since he has very clear ideas about the music and is very individual in his phrasing and use of rubato. For this recital of Wolf and Mahler he was accompanied by his fellow Dutch artist, Hans Eijsackers, in what is clearly shaping up to be a remarkable collaboration.

Melanie Eskenazi, Music OHM, 07 October 2014

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"...his diction was extremely clear, whether in the heady ode to a lover’s hair, ‘Und willst du deinen Liebsten sterben sehen’ or in the humorous ‘Hoffärtig seid Ihr, schönes Kind, und geht' ...

"By the final setting, ‘Sterb’ ich, so hüllt in Blumen’, there was an intense mood of contemplation, Neven’s voice finding the inner serenity of the song with fluid accompaniment from Eijsackers." ...

"Eijsackers began with the hollow rumble of the piano’s lower register, ‘Der Tamboursg’sell’, with its sinister references to death and impending doom. This was a black reading indeed, Neven’s voice noticeably more cutting in tone as the subject met the gallows, with a grim countenance that left nothing to the imagination."

Ben Hogwood, Classical Source, 06 October 2014

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> April / May 2014

REVIEWS Wigmore Hall recitals

“He’s an engaging presence on the podium, with a firm, resonant baritone.”
Neil Fisher, Times, April 2014

"Thus Neven made "Ganymed" burst with life and found a perfect stillness in
the two Wandrers Nachtlieder…”
Mark Valencia, The Arts Desk, May 2014

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> August 2013

REVIEWS Ein deutsches Requiem

BBC Proms / Royal Albert Hall, London

"...Neven wonderfully conveyed both the fears and hopes which define human mortality..."
Opera Today, 19 August 2013

"...there were striking contributions, too, from the baritone soloist Henk Neven, intimately sung and marvellously clear with the text"
The Guardian, 18 August 2013

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classics> May 2013


provides a new way to discover classical music online. 24classics.com consists of 24 playlists carefully curated by prominent musicians, reviewers and music programmers in the Dutch classical music scene. Each playlist is centred around a particular genre, instrument or mood.
Henk Neven is the featured artist for the 'song' genre.

> February 2013


"Rarely do you hear a baritone who sings with such subtlety in shading of dynamic and tone as the Dutch baritone Henk Neven."
"Altogether a most memorable song record."
Gramophone, February 2013

"An adventurous program and a cd to cherish."
Telegraaf, January 2013

"Here is a singer at the top of his game."
Trouw, November 2012

"His strength lies in the intimate beauty of his voice"
NRC Handelsblad, 2012

> 30 October 2012


Tonight Henk will perform the world premiere of a one-minute opera 'Vermoorde Onschuld' (Murdered Innocence') singing the role of infamous Dutch lawyer Bram Moszkowicz in the popular television program 'De Wereld Draait Door'. Music and text written by Frank Ketelaar en Florian Maier.

> October 2012


For a limited time, Henk Neven's newest CD 'The Sea' will be available exclusively on the Klassieke Zaken website for a reduced price.

> September 2012

CD release

Henk Neven's new CD 'The Sea' is a deeply moving recital on man's fascination with the sea, and the sea's powerful emotional hold over us.
Songs by Debussy, Faure & Schubert.
Out in October, ONYX4102
Onyx Classics

> August 2012

photo credit: Christian DresseNew Photos / New Engagements now online

* Highlights in the 12/13 season:

recitals in Wigmore Hall, The Concertgebouw;
concert engagements in Norway, The Netherlands, England;
title role in 'Claude' (Opéra de Lyon)

* Papageno photos from 'Die Zauberflöte' (Opéra de Marseille)

> March 2012

Henk Neven / Mozart / Het Nederlands Kamerorkest

In the program 'De ware Liefde', Henk Neven performs Mozart arias from Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte
in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on 14, 15, 17 April 2012
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> 24 February 2012
'Rediscovering a Champion of the Ballad': New York Times

'The third of Loewe’s current champions is the Dutch baritone Henk Neven...'
Written by Matthew Gurewitsch, this article about composer Carl Loewe ran in the New York Times

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> January 2012
Best Studio CD of 2011

Baritone Henk Neven's cd ‘Auf einer Burg’ was chosen by the web site Barihunks as the best studio cd of 2011.
“an amazing recording that should belong in everyone's playlist.”

> January 2012
World premiere

On January 27th Henk will perform the world premiere of Marijn Simons' '4th Symphony' in the 'Vrijdag van Vredenburg' series in Utrecht, together with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest under the direction of Antony Hermus.

> August 2011
Henk Neven nominated for a Gramophone Award

Henk's debut cd 'Auf einer Burg' was recently nominated for the prestigious Gramophone Award. In October the winner will be announced.

> April 2011
Henk Neven awarded the Dutch Music Prize (Nederlandse Muziekprijs)

On April 16th Henk Neven received the Dutch Music Prize (Nederlandse Muziekprijs), presented by Judith van Kranendonk, a representative of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The prize was presented as part of a concert with the Orchestra of the 18th Century and Cappella Amsterdam, under the direction of Frans Brüggen.

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> April 2011
Short documentary about Henk Neven | NTR Podium

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> April 2011
Interview with Henk Neven | BBC Music Magazine

RISING STAR: Great artists of tomorrow

> April 2011
Henk Neven launches debut solo recital CD and will be awarded the Dutch Music Prize in Rotterdam

On April 16th Henk Neven will receive the Dutch Music Prize (Nederlandse Muziekprijs) in the Doelen, Rotterdam and also launch his debut recital CD, Auf einer Burg (Onyx Classics).
Neven joins a roster of acclaimed musicians and ensembles recorded by the highly regarded 'boutique' label, Onyx Classics, whose reputation for creativity and quality results from artist-led recordings that are uniquely expressive and personal. The recording has been supported by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust as part of the Fellowship awarded to Neven in 2009.
The Prize presentation concert in which Henk Neven will performs is Bach's Kreuzstab Kantate BWV 56 with the Orkest van de Achttiende Eeuw conducted by Frans Brüggen.

> March 2011

Henk Neven accepts a guest teaching position at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague

As of September 2011, Henk Neven will be visiting professor at the Royal Conservatoire (Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag) in The Hague. The Royal Conservatoire is the oldest conservatory in The Netherlands, a music institute that for decades has stood for the highest quality, at which internationally renowned musicians are employed as teachers.

> April 2010
Henk Neven awarded the Dutch Music Prize

The Dutch Music Prize ('Nederlandse Muziekprijs') is the highest honor that the Ministry of Culture can award to a classical musician. The prize is awarded based on the advice of the Dutch Music Prize Advisory Board, that is a part of the Dutch Fund for the Performing Arts. Just as other recipients of this prestigious prize, Henk Neven successfully followed a study path with the main emphasis being on the musical development of the artist. Candidates for the prize have the opportunity to coach with the best musicians in the world.
The date that Neven will officially receive the prize is not yet known.

> 2 September 2009

Henk Neven named BBC New Generation Artist

Henk Neven is one of the eight artists to join BBC's prestigious New Generation Artist scheme this month. The scheme, now in its tenth year, offers young artists opportunities to work with BBC orchestras, commission new repertoire, make broadcasts from significant venues such as Wigmore Hall and perform at some of the UK's most renowned festivals, such as the City of London Festival and Cheltenham International Festival. As part of its commitment to nurturing young talent, the BBC invites eight artists onto the scheme every autumn, for two years. Their recordings form a pivotal part of BBC Radio Three's broadcasting, from both live performances and studio recordings.

> September 2009
UK representation with Intermusica

In September 2009 Henk Neven signed with Intermusica, one of the leading international agencies in the field of classical music.
Intermusica will represent Henk Neven in the UK.

> January 2009

Henk Neven awarded Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship

The Borletti-Buitoni Trust was established in April 2002 to help young concert artists, in as flexible and innovative ways as possible, to develop and sustain burgeoning international careers.
Working in partnership with managers, concert promotors, broadcasters, publishers and recording companies the Trust aims to nurture selected musicians by encouraging their musical growth and providing an extended platform of opportunities which will help them gain greater public recognition.