Collegium Vocale Gent was founded in 1970 and is conducted by Philippe Herreweghe. Its authentic, text-driven approach ensures a transparent musical idiom, which quickly won the ensemble international fame.
It has made guest appearances in all the major concert halls and at all the leading music festivals in the world. German Baroque music, that of Bach above all, is the jewel in its crown, yet the ensemble has increasingly shifted its focus to the Classical, Romantic and contemporary oratorio repertoire as well. One of its major assets is its flexibility. Indeed, an optimum number of singers is determined for every project the group undertakes. In the vocal works of Bach, for instance, the ensemble prefers a small number of performers who sing the solo and often the choral parts, too.
The group works with its own Baroque orchestra, in addition to the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, the Freiburger Barockorchester and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, as well as more sizeable ensembles including the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Collegium Vocale Gent last appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in performances of J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion conducted by Philippe Herreweghe in April 2014.