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Guy Janssens (Conductor)

Born: Brussels, Belgium

The Belgian conductor, Guy Janssens, He began studying the piano and the ‘cello at a very young age, at the Louvain Conservatory (Belgium) and became a chorister at the monastic choir of the Abbey of Mont Cesar. He went on to play ‘cello in the university orchestra and continued his musical studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, where he gained graduate diplomas in piano and chamber music. He began his professional career as a concert pianist and teacher.

In 1981, Guy Janssens established and directed the first instrumental and vocal groups, which he re-founded in 1991 under the name “Laudantes”. This ever-changing group, has enabled him to perform repertoire from the Renaissance to the contemporary period, including the baroque, classical and romantic periods.

Between 1995 and 2000, Guy Janssens devoted himself in particular to the recording of a series of 12 CDs, which he produced in collaboration with Jean Salkin, founder of the Belgian mediateque. These twelve CDs trace the history of European vocal polyphony from the 12th century to the first half of the 17th century. This impressive collection has been awarded several distinctions. Besides the many concerts and recordings undertaken with the Laudantes Consort, Guy Janssens has developed his activities as a choir master and orchestral conductor with the Laudantes in its larger form, in such varied fields as oratorio, symphonies and concertos. He is regularly invited to perform in numerous festivals in Belgium and abroad: Luxembourg, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Switzerland, East European countries, and in such important music venues as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

Source: Laudantes Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (November 2003)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

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Guy Janssens

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BWV 150, BWV 212, BWV 229

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Biographie Guy Janssens (Laudantes) [English, French]

Union Royale Belge Luxembourg, Archives 2003 [French]

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