Collegium Vocale Gent
Collegium Vocale Gent, © Photo: Michiel Hendryckx
Collegium Vocale Gent was founded in 1970 on the initiative of Philippe Herreweghe.
It was one of the first ensembles to use the then-new ideas about baroque practice in vocal music performances. Musicians such as Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman and Nikolaus Harnoncourt immediately took an interest in the Flemish ensemble’s fresh, new approach, which led to intensive collaboration.
In the mid-1980s the ensemble acquired international fame and was invited to all the major concert halls and music festivals of Europe, Israel, the United States, Russian, South America, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia.