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Biography

Teun Michiels’ colourful tenore di grazia voice enables him to respect all styles of music for an authentic performance. Aside from the large-scale oratorio repertoire such as Bach’s Passions and Handel’s Messiah, Teun’s portfolio also includes works by Telemann, Mozart, Haydn, Rossini, Berlioz, Gounod and Britten. In addition, Orff’s Carmina Burana has played an important part in his career.

 

He has collaborated with a variety of orchestras and ensembles, such as l’Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Die Bergische Symphoniker, Euterpe Baroque Consort, La Passione, Nederlandse Händelvereniging, ensemble a, Odysseia Ensemble, Chœur Symphonique de Liège and Schola Cantorum Cantate Domino.

 

In October 2018 Teun recorded, together with pianist Peter Jeurissen, his debut CD “Frühlingstraum”, with songs of F. Schubert, R. Schumann and J. Brahms. This CD marks the “first world recording” of the Chris Maene Straight Strung Chamber Music Grand, an exceptional instrument developed in the aftermath of the worldwide success of the new straight strung piano built by Chris Maene exclusively for Daniel Barenboim.

 

As a vocal pedagogue, Teun can rely on 20 years of teaching experience. His fascination for scientific research on the voice is reflected in his approach as a teacher, connecting both anatomy to vocal function and vocal health to the psychological and mental balance, including trauma. He founded and is president of Voice.Academy, regularly gives master classes, is guest professor at Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg and Thomas More Antwerpen, and is often asked to partake in juries. He became president of European Voice Teachers Association Belgium in 2020.

 

Teun graduated with great distinction from the Royal Carillon School ‘Jef Denyn’ in Mechelen. He was appointed City Carillonneur by the town of Diest in 2005 and for almost 10 years was the youngest musician to have been awarded this post in Belgium. Together with the City Council of Diest, Teun organises the International Carillon Festival of Diest as artistic director, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015. He has also been invited to many countries to play carillon recitals, including Sweden, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, France, the USA and Russia.

 

(04/2022)