Vox Luminis (Lionel Meunier)
Vox Luminis was established 15 years ago; today, the ensemble uses its sparkling traits to enhance the world of early music! The push was made in 2004 by Lionel Meunier – bass and founding base of Vox Luminis. The objective is to gain access to the Light through the Voice. Every year, the ensemble releases on average two discs and offers its audience more than 60 concerts on Belgian, European and international stages.
They define themselves as a group of soloists with a variable combination (with a base from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague) and of a continuo, additional instrumentalists or a full orchestra, depending on the repertoire. The repertoire is essentially Italian, English and German and spans the 16th through the 18th centuries. Since its creation, the ensemble has been noted for its cohesion and it charms with the personality of every timbre and the homogeneity of the voices.
The year 2018 was marked by two awards: first, Vox Luminis won the famous BBC Music Magazine AWARD 2018 in the category “Choral Award Winner” for their recording Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott, following the disc Luther et la Musique de la Réforme. Second, KLARA named them “Ensemble of the Year”.
Today, Lionel Meunier has established himself as the internationally well-known conductor and artistic director of the Vox Luminis ensemble, which he created in 2004. Harbouring a passion for music since a very young age, his education began in his home town of Clamecy (France) with theory, recorder and trumpet. He continued his studies at IMEP (Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie) in Namur and at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague (the Netherlands).
At the same time, he started a career as concert performer and is in great demand as a soloist cooperating with renowned ensembles. Numerous European ensembles have also asked Lionel Meunier to act as their coach, conductor and artistic leader. He has been a member of the jury in many international festivals and competitions. He frequently coaches and, with Vox Luminis, gives master classes and conferences on repertoires from the Baroque era and on the end of the Renaissance. In 2018, he was asked to take charge of a multi-annual mission at the Théâtre National de Bretagne in Rennes; there he coaches and supports young developing players in the scope of the project Promotion X.
The ensemble is supported by the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the City of Namur and Namur Confluent Culture and the Art and Life Tours (a funding program for concerts in Wallonia).
Vox Luminis Biography