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Van Nevel, Paul

Van Nevel, Paul

Van Nevel, Paul, Belgian conductor, teacher, and music scholar; b. Hasselt, Feb. 4, 1946. After his academic and musical training, he joined the faculty of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. He later founded and became conductor of the Huelgas Ensemble, a vocal group which attained notable distinction for the performance of medieval and Renaissance polyphony. He also pursued intensive research in various European libraries studying and making transcriptions of early music MSS. In addition to his concerts and recordings with the Huelgas Ensemble, Van Nevel has appeared as a guest conductor of early music groups in Europe. He also teaches at the Sweelinck Cons, in Amsterdam. Among his writings are many articles for journals and a monograph on Ciconia. Van Nevel and the Huelgas Ensemble have won numerous awards, including an Edison Award (1990), Cecilia Prizes (1990, 1993, 1995), Diapason d’Or Awards (1991 et seq.), and the ECHO-Deutscher Schallplattenpreis (1997).

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