Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Henk Neven
BBT Fellowship 2009

Henk Neven - Biography

Henk Neven received support from BBT between 2009 and 2011, when this page was last updated. For an up to date biography go to

Henk Neven studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory and is a BBC New Generation Artist. In 2010 he received the coveted Dutch Music Prize. Ensembles with whom he has worked include Orchestra of the Beethovenhalle Bonn, Het Brabants Orkest, Rotterdams Philharmonic Orkest, Vlaams Radio Orkest, L’Orchestre National de France, L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Staatskapelle Berlin, Le Concert Spirituel and Les Talens Lyriques. Conductors include Edo de Waart, Jaap van Zweden, John Nelson, Hervé Niquet, Kenneth Montgommery, Armin Jordan and Christophe Rousset. Henk has performed at the Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, the Gergiev Festival Rotterdam and in the Zaterdag Matinee series in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. He has given recitals as part of the concert series Het Debuut and recently performed in the Concertgebouw’s concert series Jonge Nederlanders. Henk Neven made his opera debut in Strauss’ Capriccio at Opéra National de Paris and has performed with Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin Staatsoper. He has sung major roles in Dijon, Bordeaux and Nancy. Recent engagements include Pollux Castor et Pollux and Leporello Don Giovanni at the Opéra de Montpellier, Don Giovanni in Rouen, Marschner’s Der Vampyr at the Amsterdam Festival, Patrocle Iphigénie en Tauride at Théâtre de la Monnaie and Ottokar Der Freischütz at Theater an der Wien. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2010 singing Kurwenal in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde under Sir Simon Rattle. Summer 2010 also saw Henk’s debuts at the Cheltenham and City of London Festivals. Engagements in 2010/11 include Mercutio Roméo et Juliette and Donald Billy Budd for De Nederlandse Opera, Oedipe at the Théâtre de la Monnaie and Die Zauberflöte in Marseille. He gives recitals at the Concertgebouw, La Monnaie and Musée d’Orsay, and makes his recital debuts at London’s Wigmore Hall and the Sage Gateshead. In November 2010, Henk Neven recorded his first album of Lieder by Schumann and Loewe for Onyx Classics, to be released in April 2011.

In the first place it was a big surprise to have been awarded the BBT Fellowship. In the second place a big honour and excitement. I knew about the trust, but not what it could and would mean for me. After having been awarded I spoke to a ‘BBtrust-awarded’ friend, who told me the most beautiful things about the BBtrust and the people working for it. This is an absolute truth. It’s a generous, warm, music-loving and caring group of people – who care for music, careers and human beings! With the help of the BBTrust I found my very good UK management, Intermusica. And indirectly it led to being invited to join the New Generation Artists Scheme of BBC Radio 3. With these exciting happenings one should almost forget that there is this great amount of money to be spent on one’s career. This will make it possible to make my first solo CD, with repertoire I really love to sing.

BBTrust is love for music!

Photographs by Marco Borggreve