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Hugo Naessens (Counter-tenor)

Born: The Netherlands

The Dutch counter-tenor and singing teacher, Hugo Naessens, wanted to be a pianist anbs studied piano with the acclaimed piano teacher Jacques Hendriks. But he soon turned to singing finding it much more enjoyable. He experienced it as more direct and unfiltered than playing the piano. The basis of his career, he has laid by graduating from the Nederlands Conservatorium. When he discovered his voice as coiunter-tenor, he began studying at the Arnhems Conservatorium with Aafje Heynis. From her he received a very thorough education. After graduation he has had more teachers.

Hugo Naessens gave his first concert after three months of singing lessons. Already during his studies he gained a lot of stage experience. He sang J.S. Bach, George Frideric Handel, Machaut, Dufay both as a soloist and in ensembles. After a year his first sang Messiah, after three years Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) and after five Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) after five.

Since 1996 Hugo Naessens is connected to the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir of Ton Koopman. He sings in the choir, selects singers for projects and organizes auditions. Recently he joined The Bach Choir & Orchestra of the Netherlands of Pieter Jan Leusink.

With the Egidius College Hugo Naessens gives again for the fourth year performance of the music of the 16th century Leidse Koorboeken. In January they recorded a double CD, in May they gave concerts in Dutch tides churches. Polyphony belongs to his absolute favorite repertoire. He has learned this art a lot, especially from Erik van Nevel, to whose ensemble Currende he has belonged for several years.

Hugo Naessens also sings hay and grass solo, for example Li Solaus in Lisbon and the Kesselberg Ensemble in Basel. He has performed around the world, from Stockholm to Tenerife , from New York to Tokyo.

Hugo Naessens was piano teacher at Muziekschool De Stroming (September 1978-November 1987). He has been Vocal Coach, Singing Teacher at Hooghe Noot since May 1983; he is giving of singing lessons, preparing students for auditions or stage performances; he is also coaching of vocal groups, small or larger, often in cooperation with conductors or individual singers.

 

Source: Hugo NaessensWebsite, English translation by Aryeh Oron (May 2014); Hugo Naessens profile on LinkedIn
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2014)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Conductor

As

Works

Ton Koopman

Alto

Member of Amsterdam Baroque Choir:
Cantatas Vol. 6: CD-1:
BWV 76, BWV 75; CD-2: BWV 190, BWV 179, BWV 59, BWV 69; CD-3: BWV 50, BWV 186, BWV 104, BWV 69a
Cantatas Vol. 7: CD-1: BWV 25, BWV 95, BWV 144, BWV 67, BWV 24; CD-2: BWV 136, BWV 184, BWV 105, BWV 148; CD-3: BWV 147, BWV 181, BWV 173
Cantatas Vol. 8: CD-1: BWV 65, BWV 89, BWV 60, BWV 83; CD-2: BWV 40, BWV 46, BWV 64, BWV 167; CD-3: BWV 109, BWV 81, BWV 77, BWV 90
Cantatas Vol. 9: CD-1: BWV 48, BWV 154, BWV 138, BWV 173a; CD-2: BWV 37, BWV 153, BWV 166, BWV 86, BWV 70; CD-3: BWV 66, BWV 194
Cantatas Vol. 10: CD-1:
BWV 119, BWV 134, BWV 44, BWV 73; CD-2: BWV 20, BWV 2, BWV 101; CD-3: BWV 180, BWV 130, BWV 134a
Cantatas Vol. 11: CD-1:
BWV 127, BWV 5, BWV 94; CD-2: BWV 41, BWV 7, BWV 139; CD-3: BWV 115, BWV 113, BWV 10
Cantatas Vol. 12: CD-1:
BWV 135, BWV 124, BWV 121, BWV 111; CD-2: BWV 99, BWV 78, BWV 114; CD-3: BWV 91, BWV 107, BWV 116, BWV 8
Cantatas Vol. 13: CD-1:
BWV 1, BWV 62, BWV 96, BWV 62: Appendix; CD-2: BWV 38, BWV 93, BWV 33; CD-3: BWV 133, BWV 122, BWV 92
Cantatas Vol. 14: CD-1:
BWV 68, BWV 6, BWV 74, BWV 126; CD-2: BWV 26, BWV 125, BWV 178; CD-3: BWV 103, BWV 42, BWV 123, BWV 103: Appendix, BWV 42: Appendix
Cantatas Vol. 18: CD-1:
BWV 55, BWV 47, BWV 157, BWV 45; CD-2: BWV 52, BWV 187, BWV 151, BWV 98; CD-3: BWV 137, BWV 164, BWV 36
Cantatas Vol. 20: CD-1:
BWV 120a, BWV 156; CD-2: BWV 149, BWV 14, BWV 29, BWV 192; CD-3: BWV 120, BWV 11, BWV 9, BWV 112
Cantatas Vol. 21: CD-1:
BWV 100, BWV 177, BWV 195; CD-2: BWV 140, BWV 34, BWV 143, BWV 158; CD-3: BWV 197, BWV 97, BWV 118, BWV 191

Links to other Sites

Hugo Naessens (Official Website) [Dutch]
Hugo Naessens on LinkedIn

 

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