Our conductor: Gilles Michels

Gilles Michels (1961) studied School music B at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. In 1988, he began studying choral conducting with Barend Schuurman at the Rotterdams Conservatorium, where he graduated in 1992. He has been associated with the Geert Groote-school in Amsterdam, where he conducted the school choir, among other things. In addition, he conducted various choirs in Haarlem, Amsterdam, Purmerend, Leiden and Alphen aan den Rijn. For 17 years he was associated with the Koorschool St. Bavo in Haarlem as a teacher and conductor.

At the invitation of Toonkunstkoor Bekker he conducted the Matthäus Passion in Groningen in 2006 and 2008. Gilles Michels was a lecturer and course leader at the Kurt Thomas Cursus for choir conductors in Utrecht between 1996 and 2009. He was the chair of the Nationaal Koorfestival 2007-2008 that every 2 years awards the honorary title of ‘choir of the year’ to high level amateur choirs.

In recent years, his field of work has increasingly shifted from a cappella music to the performance of vocal-instrumental works, in particular the cantatas and major works of J.S. Bach and other major works by Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Verdi, Britten and Poulenc.

Gilles is permanent conductor of the Haags Barokgezelschap, the Cantor of the Badkapel Scheveningen, the Collegium Musicum Traiectum and the Nijmeegs Studentenkoor Alphons Diepenbrock.

In addition, he regularly works as a conductor with professional choir ‘Casuquo Vocaal‘ at funerals.