Bart Vandewege is Belgian bas singer, composer and choral conductor. His versatility as a musician is the result of his studies both of musical theory (harmony, counterpoint, composition) and of singing, flute and piano in Belgian conservatories. His musical exploration led him to specialize in early music, contemporary music and jazz. Earlier in his academic career, he had also studied visual arts and creative writing, both disciplines serving as synaesthetic inspiration for his musical compositions for theatre, cinema and dance.
Bart Vandewege sings bass in the Collegium Vocale Gent (Director: Philippe Herreweghe), Amsterdam Baroque Choir (Director: Ton Koopman), Huelgas Ensemble (Director: Paul van Nevel), Bach Collegium Japan (Director: Masaaki Suzuki), Il Gardellino (Director: Marcel Ponseele), Plus Ultra (Director: Michael Noone), La Petite Bande (Director: Sigiswald Kuijken), Concerto Köln, Il Giardino Armonico and Freiburger Barockorchester, under conductors such as Gustav Leonhardt, René Jacobs, Thomas Hengelbrock, Robert King, Jos van Immerseel, Alan Curtis, Roy Goodman, Christopher Hogwood, Peter Rundel, Skip Sempé, Peter Phillips and Marcus Creed. He has also toured Europe, the USA and Asia, as well as taking part in numerous recording sessions.
Bart Vandewege mainly composes for the theatre, cinema and dance performances commissioned by a wide variety of European theatre companies and filmmakers including Belgian TV (VRT), Les Ballets C de la B and the Ars Animación Group España-México. His compositions show a clear inclination towards the counterpoint of the Flemish polyphony of the 16th Century but applied to modern sound language, with the development of the pieces being based on layer upon layer of horizontal lines. His multifaceted ability means that his style can be adapted depending on the needs of the project and the person commissioning it, but his melodies-within-melodies, as they are often called by non-musicians, are very much his own.
Bart Vandewege regularly works as a guest conductor, and has done a number of recordings of lesser-known compositions by a range of artists from Fétis and Lemmens to cutting edge composers like the American Elliott Carter. As assistant conductor he has also led La Chapelle Royale, Vlaams Radio Koor, Collegium Vocale Gent, Il Gardellino and Amsterdam Baroque Choir. In 2008 he was appointed artistic director of the Al Ayre Español choir. He is also Artistic Director of the La Hispanoflamenca ensemble, who specialise in the 16th and 17th Century polyphony of the Netherlands and the Iberian Peninsula. Gustav Leonhardt, Monica Huggett and Enrico Onofri have all been guest conductors with La Hispanoflamenca.
Up to 2004, Bart Vandewege was in charge of programming at Radio 3 / Klara (VRT, Brussels) and is still very active in producing musical recordings, his production of previously unrecorded works by Mauricio Kagel and Cristóbal Halffter being of particular note. His diversity as a musician is an undeniable advantage when it comes to artistic supervision of recordings, as Bart aims to get the best out of the performers, allowing them compete freedom of expression while keeping to a strict schedule.
Member of Collegium Vocale Gent:
C-9 (1995): BWV 122, BWV 110, BWV 57
C-10 (1996): BWV 36, BWV 61, BWV 62
C-12 (1998): BWV 8, BWV 125 , BWV 138
C-14 (2002): BWV 2, BWV 20, BWV 176
C-13 (1999): BWV 29, BWV 119, BWV 120
C-15: CD-1 (2001): BWV 91, BWV 121, BWV 133
C-18 (2006/2007): BWV 27, BWV 95, BWV 161
C-19 (2007): BWV 22, BWV 23, BWV 127, BWV 159
C-22 (2012): BWV 25, BWV 138 [3rd],, BWV 105 [2nd], BWV 46
C-23 (2013): BWV 44 [2nd], BWV 48, BWV 73 [2nd], BWV 109