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Lior Leibovici (photo Sander Heezen)
At the age of eleven, the Israeli-French singer Lior Leibovici played the role of Miles in The turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten. This gave him the taste of music and theatre. At first, Lior trained in his native Israel where he was admitted to a lyceum for the arts and the Cultural Corps. He then went to France, where he studied singing at the conservatory Erik Satie in Paris and at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. From 2004 onwards, Lior specialised in the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Peter Kooij. Thanks to his pure and warm tenor timbre, Lior performed very varied roles from the Baroque and classical repertoire. He was the Evangelist in the Johannes Passion and Matthäus Passion of Johann Sebastian Bach, Tirsis in Le Malade Imaginaire of Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Achille in Iphigenie and Aulide by Christoph Willibald von Gluck, Orphee aux Enfers of Jacques Offenbach and Aret in Baucis und Philemon by Joseph Haydn. Lior Leibovici has been a part of Cappella Pratensis since 2008. In addition, he also sings in Profeti della Quinta and in Theleme. He made many Cd recordings in all his countless roles.

 


Korneel van Neste  (photo Sander Heezen)
Korneel Van Neste is a young, Belgian countertenor. He started his studies in Leuven at LUCA School of Arts campus Lemmens with Annelies van Gramberen, and then continued his Masters in (Early Music) singing at the Royal Conservatory The Hague with Rita Dams, Peter Kooij, Robin Blaze, Pascal Bertin and Michael Chance.
As a soloist he sang in oratoria from composers such as Pergolesi (Stabat Mater), Vivaldi (Stabat Mater), J.S. Bach ( St. John Passion) and Telemann (various cantates). He sang the role of Morphée in the opera ‘Atys’ by Lully led by Sébastien Marq. Korneel Van Neste is very passionate about historical notation and polyphony and sings regularly with ensembles such as Currende (led by Erik Van Nevel), Diskantores (led by Niels Berentsen) and Vocem Flentium (led by Arnout Malfliet).
Since 2018 he’s a member of the ensemble Cappella Pratensis.