Reinoud Van Mechelen earned a master’s degree in 2012 from the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, where he studied with Dina Grossberger. One of the Flemish tenor’s first major successes was at the Académie baroque européenne d’Ambronay under the baton of Hervé Niquet in 2007.
In 2011, he was a member of Le Jardin des Voix, the academy for young soloists of Les Arts Florissants led by William Christie and Paul Agnew. He has since performed regularly with that ensemble at such festivals as those in Aix-en-Provence and Edinburgh. Van Mechelen has also worked with baroque ensembles including Collegium Vocale Gent, Le Concert Spirituel, La Petite Bande, L’Arpeggiata and B’Rock. He founded his own ensemble, called a nocte temporis, in 2016. His concert repertoire includes Bach’s St John Passion, Charpentier’s Te Deum and Mozart’s Requiem.
His operatic roles include Orphée in Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers, the Athlete in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux and the title role of Rameau’s Dardanus. He was awarded Belgium’s prestigious Caecilia Prize in 2017.
Van Mechelen will be making his first guest appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the 2018–19 season.