Henk Neven studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and was a BBC New Generation Artist and recipient of a Borletti Buitoni Award. In 2010 he received the coveted Dutch Music Prize.

Neven has worked with ensembles including the Orchestra of the Beethovenhalle, Bonn; the Rotterdam Philharmonic; L’Orchestre National de France; L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Staatskapelle Berlin; Le Concert Spirituel; and Les Talens Lyriques. Conductors with whom he has worked include Edo de Waart, Jaap van Zweden, Hervé Niquet, John Nelson and Christophe Rousset.

Neven’s opera performances have taken him to Opéra de Marseille (Papageno Die Zauberflöte); Théâtre de la Monnaie (Phorbas Oepide, Patrocle Iphigénie en Aulide); Netherlands Opera (Pollux Castor et Pollux, Mercutio Roméo et Juliette, and Donald Billy Budd); Opéra de Montpellier (Leporello Don Giovanni); Opéra de Rouen (Title role Don Giovanni); Theater an der Wien (Ottokar Der Freischütz); Berlin Staatsoper; Opéra de Dijon; Opéra de Nancy and Opéra de Bordeaux. Concert highlights include performances with the various BBC orchestras; BBC Proms (2008, 2010, 2011); Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam; Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht; Wigmore Hall; Philharmonie Berlin and the ‘Zaterdagmatinee’ series at the Concertgebouw.

Neven’s highlights in 12/13 included recitals at the Wigmore Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Mercutio Roméo et Juliette for La Monnaie and concerts at the Concertgebouw and for the Brighton Festival. Engagements in 13/14 include Brahms Requiem with Marin Alsop and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the BBC Proms, St. Matthew Passion with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Mass in C with the Philharmonia orchestra, Aeneas Dido and Aeneas in Versailles and Rouen, Ubalde and Aronte Armide for the Netherlands Opera and Hamlet for La Monnaie, and further recitals for the Wigmore Hall, Dartington, the Concertgebouw and in Rotterdam.

In 2010, Neven recorded his first album, for Onyx Classics, of songs by Schumann and Loewe which was nominated for a 2011 Gramophone Award. His second album for Onyx, with music by Debussy, Fauré and Schubert, was released in 2012.


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