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Hervé Niquet

Hervé Niquet
conductor

photo: Eric Manas

 

Hervé Niquet
 

Hervé Niquet pursued his musical studies with Marie-Cécile Morin, a former pupil of Marguerite Long and Maurice Ravel who was a friend of Samson François. This artistic imprint led Hervé Niquet to search for the original intentions of the composer, with his meticulous musical activity developed to comply strictly with the original score of the musical work.

Having acquired an extensive education as harpsichordist, organist, pianist, singer, composer, choir-master and conductor, Hervé Niquet went on to acquire essential experience as a vocal-coach at the Opéra National in Paris. Having had an opportunity to work with choreographers like Rudolf Nureyev and Serge Lifar, he evolved into an expert on musical sources off the beaten track of traditional interpretations.

In 1987 he founded Le Concert Spirituel with the intention to revive the great French motet. The ensemble has won recognition in the international music world as a leading ensemble performing many different styles and genres of baroque music, from sacred music to symphony and opera. The ensemble has also uncovered and revived hitherto unknown works by French, English and Italian composers of that period.

Hervé Niquet also conducts major international orchestras with equal enthusiasm, performing 19th and early 20th century repertoire. He is convinced that French music has remained unique throughout the centuries. As a musical pioneer, in 2009 Hervé joined the Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française in Venice, a foundation with which he completed numerous projects with. He took part in numerous major re-discoveries, conducting “Herculanum” by Félicien David, “Dimitri” by Victorin Joncières, “La légende des ours” by Marie Jaëll and “La Reine de Chypre” by Fromental Halévy.

A passionate enthusiast of opera, Hervé Niquet frequently conducts stage-productions, either with Le Concert Spirituel or as a guest conductor. He has worked with stage directors of most diverse styles, including Mariame Clément, Georges Lavaudant, Gilles and Corinne Benizio (alias Shirley and Dino), Joachim Schlömer, Christoph Marthaler and Romeo Castellucci (Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” in 2014 at the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels) and Christian Schiaretti (Rameau’s “Castor et Pollux” 2014 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris).

Hervé Niquet is the musical director of the Flemish Radio Choir and first guest conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra. Both ensembles are involved in a CD recording project in co-operation with Palazzetto Bru Zane, aiming to record cantatas written for the Prix de Rome competition. So far, works by Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gustave Charpentier, Max d’Ollone and Paul Dukas have been published, as well as opera rarities by Victorin Joncières and Félicien David (“Herculanum” received an Echo Klassik award in 2016).

Hervé Niquet also teaches the next generation of musicians in such institutionas as the Académie d’Ambronay, Jeune Orchestre de l'Abbaye aux Dames, Schola Cantorum, CNSMD de Lyon and McGill University in Montreal. He also teaches master-classes and lectures. Essential elements of his teaching also include dissemination of results of his research and studies in interpretation, latest discoveries in musicology and the reality and demands of a musician’s life.

Hervé Niquet is an Officer of the Ordre National du Mérite and an Officer of Arts and Letters.