Vox Luminis & Lionel Meunier

Vox Luminis | Foto: David Samyn

Vox Luminis & Lionel Meunier

Vox Luminis - Voice of Light - is the name of the Belgian vocal ensemble that has attracted attention in recent years with breathtaking interpretations of music from the 17th and early 18th centuries. Since 2004, the singers around Lionel Meunier, founder, artistic director and bass foundation of the ensemble, have been delighting audiences with stylistically complex programs. In the process, their magnificent concerts and award-winning recordings allow even previously lesser-known compositions to shine in a new light. Thus, in addition to Heinrich Schütz, Vox Lumins has also dedicated itself to the musical revival of the motets, choral songs and cantatas by the older members of the Bach family, which are collected in the "Alt-Bachisches Archiv".

The concerts of Vox Luminis in the SCHÜTZ22 festival year combine multi-choral and sonorous works by Heinrich Schütz with compositions by important contemporaries such as Schein and Scheidt, but also with compositions by important Italian models. At the same time, the sonorous arc stretches to Thuringia, where members of the Bach family (before Johann Sebastian Bach) were among Sagittarius' most important contemporaries.

As artist in residence 2022, Vox Luminis will impressively shape the Heinrich Schütz Music Festival with specially conceived programs and set a glamorous framework for further renowned guests.

Lionel Meunier

Born in France, Lionel Meunier began his musical education at the music school of his hometown Clemency. His early passion for early music then led him, at the age of 18, to the "Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie" (IMEP) in Namur (Belgium), where he graduated with great distinction in June 2004 with a university diploma in recorder. During this time at the IMEP, he received lessons mainly from Tatiana Babut du Marès and participated in the master classes of Jean Tubéry. At the same time, he attended lessons with Hugo Reyne in Paris.

During the five years Lionel Meunier spent in Namur, he developed his enthusiasm for singing and he began his studies with Benoit Giaux. From September 2004, he moved to the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the vocal class of Rita Dams. Since then he has sung with various renowned vocal ensembles such as the Cappella Pratensis, the Namur Chamber Choir and Ex Tempore, and has worked with important conductors such as Tonu Kaljuste, Christophe Rousset, Paul Dombrecht, Jean Tubéry and JeanClaude Malgoire. In collaboration with pianist Franis Penning, he founded the vocal ensemble Vox Luminis in 2004.

Vox Luminis

Vox Luminis, founded in 2004 in Namur, Belgium, is an international ensemble specializing in vocal music from the 16th to 18th centuries. The ensemble quickly gained high recognition for its benchmark performances and CD recordings. Vox Luminis has made numerous recordings on the Belgian CD label Ricercar. In May 2010, Vox Luminis released Samuel Scheidt's "Sacrae Cantiones" and in 2012 Heinrich Schütz' "Musikalische Exequien." This recording won many awards, including the title of Recording of the Year 2012 by the English journal Gramophone, it also received the Baroque Vocal Gramophone Award and the International Classical Music Award (ICMA).

Since its inception, Vox Luminis has performed at numerous festivals in Belgium, France, Croatia and the Netherlands, including the Festival d'Ambronay, the Rencontres Musicales de Vézelay, the Festival de Saint-Michel en Thiérarche, the Juillet Musical de Saint-Hubert, the Nuits de Septembre in Liège, the Festival de Stavelot, the Midsummer Festival in Hardelot, the Automne Musical de Spa and the Festival Bach en Combrailles. Vox Luminis was "ensemble en résidence" at the Festival Musique et Mémoire in Luxeuil-les-Bains (France) in 2012 and made its debut at the Early Music Festival in Utrecht, the MA Festival in Bruges, the Festival de Saintes, the Centro Cultural Belém in Lisbon and the Musikfest Stuttgart. The ensemble has performed at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Oratoire du Louvre in Paris, the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid and the Bozar in Brussels, the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music in London and the Berkeley Festival in San Francisco.

The artists in residence at a glance:


1 | Opening Concert: "Lumen Germaniae"

friday, 07. october 2022
20.00 h | Weißenfels
Schlosskirche auf Schloss Neu-Augustusburg

9 | Festive Concert: Schütz & Bach

sunday, 09. october 2022
17.00 h | Dresden

36 | Final Concert: Unter den fürnembsten Musicis

sunday, 16. october 2022
17.00 h | Torgau
Schlosskirche auf Schloss Hartenfels

2 | Festive Concert: Schütz & Gabrieli

saturday, 08. october 2022
20.00 h | Gera
St. Johanniskirche

29 | Festive Concert: Schütz & Meisterschüler

friday, 14. october 2022
19.30 h | Zeitz
Dom St. Peter und Paul

Lionel Meunier | Foto: Robert Buckland

Linoel  Meunier | Foto: Robert Buckland

Vox Luminis | Foto: David Samyn

Vox Luminis | Foto: David Samyn


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