Philippe FAVETTE

A singer, choirmaster and teacher, Philippe Favette devotes all his energy to serving music.

Music has been his passion since childhood. At eight he had a season ticket to the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, his home city. At ten he joined the music theory class at the Conservatoire Royal, and at fourteen he was already singing bass in a “Maîtrise” or choir school.

He went on to join the Choeur Symphonique du Conservatoire and then the Choeurs de l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie, where he signed his first contract as a professional chorister, a role he would soon share with music teaching.

Gaining higher degrees in singing and chamber music from the Conservatoire Royal de Liège, he became a member of the Collegium Vocale in Ghent, singing under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe and Ton Koopman.

He went on to work with a variety of ensembles in France (Arsys Bourgogne, Akadêmia), the Netherlands (Nederlandse Bach Vereniging, Egidius Kwartet) and Belgium, including the Choeur de Chambre de Namur, with whom he collaborates frequently.

As a soloist or in ensembles ranging from voice quartets to chamber choirs, he has taken part in many concerts and recordings under conductors such as Patrick Davin, Paul Dombrecht, Leonardo García Alarcón, Sigiswald Kuijken, Louis Langrée, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Marc Minkowski, Christophe Rousset, Jordi Savall, Jos Van Immerseel and Guy Van Waas.

At the same time, he has conducted several choirs and studied choir and orchestral conducting with teachers including Pierre Cao and Denis Menier at the Ecole internationale de Direction de Choeur de Namur and in masterclasses with Frieder Bernius and Volker Hempfling.

He was appointed Artistic Director of the Pastoureaux choir in September 2006. With assistance from Robert De Pauw, Xavier Devilliers and Céline Remy, as well as a team of enthusiastic volunteers, he strives to take the project forward.