Lionel Meunier

Lionel Meunier
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Lionel Meunier is musician and singer, and founder of Vox Luminis, early music vocal ensemble (2004). He is the ensemble’s conductor and artistic director and has brought it international fame.

Harbouring a passion for music since a very young age, he started his musical education in his home town of Clamecy (France) with theory, recorder and trumpet. Lionel then continued his studies at IMEP (Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie) in Namur where he earned a degree with great distinction for the recorder. His teachers included Tatiana Babut du Marès and Hugo Reyne and he attended masterclasses given by Jean Tubéry.

He then decided to focus on vocal studies in classes given by Rita Dams and by Peter Kooij at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague (the Netherlands). At the same time he began a career as a concert performer and quickly established his reputation as a soloist and joined prestigious ensembles like Collegium Vocale of Gent (Ph. Herreweghe), Chœur Mondial des Jeunes, Arsys Bourgogne (P. Cao), Amsterdam Baroque Choir (T. Koopmann), Chœur de Chambre de Namur, Favoriti de la Fenice (J. Tubéry), Solistes du Chœur de Chambre de Namur, Cappella Pratensis (S. Bull) and soloists of the Nederlandse Bach Vereniging (J. Van Veldhoven).

Over the past two years, many European ensembles have asked Lionel Meunier to act as coach, conductor or artistic director. In 2018, he was asked to take charge of a multi-annual mission at the Théâtre National de Bretagne in Rennes; there he follows the young developing players called Promotion X.

His passionate yet deliberate approach to the early and a cappella music repertoire, in addition to the understanding and respect of the singers, meant he was able progressively to achieve the highest standards. He is also a jury member for many international festivals and contests and he regularly gives conferences on the repertoires from the baroque era and fromthe end of the Renaissance.

In 2013, Lionel Meunier was awarded the title of Namurois de l’Année (Namur Citizen of the Year) for culture.