Bruxell’A Cappella is a small, international, mixed-voice chamber choir based in Brussels. it was originally founded as the Vocal Concert of Brussels in 2005. Michiel Haspeslagh has helped the choir towards a more in-depth interpretation of older music traditions from the renaissance and the baroque periodes, while continuing to explore the choir’s love of contemporary compostions.
Michiel was born in 1982 and grew up in a musical family where choral music always played an important role. He was singing before he could speak and as a young boy he joined the children’s choir Clari Cantuli in Kessel-Lo (Leuven), which was directed by his mother. Later, he sang in the youth choir Clari Cantus, and became head chorister of the Gregorian boys ‘ choir Koristen van Keizersberg in Leuven.
In 2000, at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven, Michiel started studying first the bassoon, then singing. Here his love of vocal music, both as a soloist and as a choral singer, soon became more apparent. He joined professional ensembles such as Currende, Ex Tempore and the Goeyvaerts Consort.
More recently, he has been singing as a freelance tenos in the Vlaams Radio Koor, Currende, the Victoria consort, Studium Chorale (The Netherlands) and Orpheus Vokelenensemble (Germany).
In 2010 Michiel took over the youth choir Clari Cantus from his mother. Here he soon proved that conducting is in his blood, by winning the prestigious title ‘Choir of the Year’ in 2011. In 2013, he started conducting the personnel choir of Bozar in Brussels and in addition to this, he directs the choir of the poetry and drama department of the arts college connected to the Lemmensinsituut. In 2013 he took on the artistic directorship of the Carmina Chamber Choir in Meise, and in the same year obtained an MA in singing under the tutorship of Lieve Jansen at the LUCA School of Arts. He acquired a second MA from the same institution in 2014, this time in choral conducting under the tutorship of Erik van Nevel. Michiel has been conducting Bruxell’A Cappella from September 2014.
Isabelle Sterck, Anke Swartelé, Aija Kivisaari-Martínez, Barbara Soenens, Mariet Calsius
Griet Desmet, Francesca Colli, Caroline Theunissen, Lien Wittevrongel, Rozemarijn Vanoverbeke, Andrea Knoflach
Enric Mitjana, Sean Claffey, Bart Schepens
Cor Bouman, Philippe Vandenabbeele, Raphael Solomon
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