Peter Van Heyghen
2018 Distinguished Guest Artist
2018 Distinguished Guest Artist Peter Van Heyghen was trained as a recorder player and singer at the Royal Conservatory in Gent (Belgium). Through the years he developed into an internationally acknowledged specialist in the field of historical performance practice of Renaissance through early Romantic music. He performs worldwide as a soloist, with the recorder consort Mezzaluna, with the chamber music ensemble More Maiorum, as a singer with the Dutch vocal Renaissance ensemble Cappella Pratensis, as a conductor of the Brussels Baroque orchestra Il Gardellino, and with other ensembles and orchestras throughout Europe and the United States. He is a regularly invited guest at the early music festivals of Bruges, Antwerp, Utrecht, Maastricht, and Regensburg among others.
In 2005, he was selected as the “festival star” of the Bruges Musica Antiqua festival by the Flemish radio channel Klara. Between 2007 and 2009 his ensembles were in residence at the Centre for Early Music Augustinus in Antwerp. He has recorded for the labels Passacaille, Eufoda, Accent, Opus 111, Klara and Ramée.
Peter Van Heyghen is also active as a researcher, publicist and teacher. He is professor of Historical Performance Practice at the Early Music Departments of the Royal Conservatories in Brussels, The Hague and Amsterdam, and is also regularly invited to give masterclasses, lectures and conduct workshops throughout the world.