Paul Van Nevel is the artistic director of the Huelgas Ensemble, which he founded in 1971 as an extension of his activities at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He is known as a pioneer for European polyphony from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries. Paul Van Nevel stands for an interdisciplinary approach to the original sources. He goes in search of unknown works, including the forgotten treasures of Franco-Flemish polyphony.
Van Nevel was a guest teacher at the Sweelinck Academy in Amsterdam, the Musikhochschule Hannover, the Centre de Musique ancienne de Genève and has been a guest conductor of the Nederlands Kamerkoor for more than thirty years. He has written a monograph on Johannes Ciconia, a work about Nicolas Gombert, a book about the city of Lisbon and has published transcripts of Renaissance music with the German publishing company Bärenreiter. In 2019, his book 'The Landscape of the Polyphonists: the world of the Franco-Flemish School 1400-1600' was awarded the Luc Verbekeprijs by the Committee for French Flanders. Other awards include Prix in Honorem from the Académie Charles Cros (1994), the Choc de lannée (Le monde de la Musique), the Edison prize, the Cannes Classical Award, various Caecilia prizes from the Belgian Music Press, the Career Prize from the Belgian radio Klara, the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik and various prizes from the German music awards ECHO Klassik.
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