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Gunther Vandeven (Counter-tenor)

Born: Leuven, Belgium

The Belgian counter-tenor, Gunther Vandeven, joined the boysí choir Koristen van Keizersberg at the age of 7 in his home town of Leuven. He started his musical education at the Stedelijk Conservatorium van Leuven where he studied flute with Esther Ursem and singing with Lieven Termont. In 2002, he completed his Master of Music degree at the Lemmens Institute, studying singing with Lieve Vanhaverbeke and Jan Caals, and in 2004 he finished a post-graduate diploma in singing at the same institute. In 2006, Gunther received an opera diploma from De Nieuwe Opera Academie in Holland studying with Margreet Honig and Mariëtte Nollen. Additional studies include work with Andreas Scholl and master-classes with Michael Chance, Martyn Hill, Axel Everaert, Alexander Oliver, Mark Tucker, Ann Murray and Patricia MacMahon.

Gunther Vandeven gives concerts and records regularly with several well-known ensembles, including Capilla Flamenca, Collegium Vocale Gent, Currende, Il Fondamento, Ex Tempore, Zefiro Torna, The Norwegian Soloist Choir and the Blindman Saxophone Quartet. As a soloist, he has been heard on Belgian and Norwegian radio, and was also seen on the French-German TV-channel Arte in a broadcast of the world-renowned music & dance production ĎFOIí with Capilla Flamenca and Les Ballets C de la B.

Opera credits include Oberon in Benjamin Brittenís A Midsummer Nightís Dream, Orfeo in Gluckís Orfeo ed Euridice and the Sorceress in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, a role he has frequently performed. He has been heard as a soloist in such works as Bononciniís La Maddalena a' piedi di Cristo, J.S. Bach's Magnificat (BWV 243), St. John Passion (BWV 245), Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) and B minor Mass (BWV 232), Gottfried August Homiliusís Matthäus-Passion, Mozart's Requiem, George Frideric Handelís Messiah and Utrecht Te Deum, Giovanni Battista Pergolesiís Stabat mater and Salve regina, and the Gloria and Stabat mater of Antonio Vivaldi.

Source: Gunther Vandeven Page at Angelfire
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Aryeh Oron (November 2009)

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