Willem Ceuleers

Category:muzikant, componist, muziekleraar
Watermaal-Bosvoorde, 21.06.1962
Genre(s):21ste eeuw / hedendaags
Instrument(s):orgel

Biography

Born in 1962 in Watermaal-Bosvoorde (Belgium), Willem Ceuleers studied written harmony (E. Geurickx), practical harmony (K. Van Ingelgem), counterpoint (N. Bultereys), recorder (B. Deerenberg), organ (H. Verschraegen), harpsichord (J. Van Immerseel) and chant (L. Jespers) at the Antwerp and Brussels conservatoires.

He has recorded dozens of CDs and performed in concert as singer, organist, and harpischordist throughout Europe, and in Japan and the United States, with such groups as Currende (Belgium), the Huelgas Ensemble (Belgium), the Rheinische Kantorei (Germany), La Petite Bande, Il Fundamento (Belgium), the Ghent Collegium Vocale (Belgium), the Capilla Flamenca (Belgium), the Josquin Capella (Germany), La Caccia (Belgium), the Cappella Pratensis (Netherlands), the Egidius Kwartet (Netherlands) and the Grande Chapelle (Spain).

From 1992 to 2006, Willem Ceuleers was the incumbent organist at St Catherine's in Sinaai, home of the romantic Vereecken organ (1876) on which he performed annual organ concerts. In 2003, for example, he played the complete works for organ by Charles-Marie Widor.

From 2004, he simultaneously covered as organist of the Saint Lambert church in Laeken (Van Bever organ, 1916) where he continued his artistic programme. In 2006, he was appointed as permanent organist there (incumbent at Saint Lambert, organist at Saint Claire, assistant at Notre-Dame). From 2011, cumulated with Laeken, organist of the protestant church, Lange Winkelstraat, in Antwerp.

In 2000, Willem assumed the musical direction of the Antwerp Collegium Musicum which brings together numerous musicians whose objective is to perform religious works as part-liturgy, part-concert. Dick Wursten takes part both as author and commentator.

From 2004 to 2006, he advised on the construction of a new organ (builder: Marc Nagels) in the protestant Christ Church in Antwerp. Willem Ceuleers enjoys a growing interest in his compositions, leading to commissions from the Dutch Chamber Choir, the Huelgas Ensemble, the VRT Klara, the town of Sint-Niklaas, the Quatuor Egidius, the protestant Christ Church in Antwerp, the Vokaal Ensemble Polyfoon, and the American bass Joel Frederiksen, ensemble Cinquecento, Capilla Flamenca, Currende, the University of Oregon (USA) as well as numerous private commissions.

Most of his work is written from a religious perspective having recourse to 'ancient' styles. Several recordings of his work have been made by the Cathedral Choir of Brussels and by the Huelgas Ensemble.

Selective discography

De Leidse Koorboeken vol. IDe Leidse Koorboeken vol. I (2010)
early music
Egidius Kwartet & College, Willem Ceuleers, Nicolas Gombert, Thomas Crecquillon, Benedictus Appenzeller, Joachimus de Monte, Johannes Cleeff, Christian Hollander (...)
Edgar TinelEdgar Tinel (2009)
romanticism
Capella SS Michaelis & Gudulae, Willem Ceuleers, Edgar Tinel, Willem Ceuleers, Willem Ceuleers
Emitte spiritum tuum - Cathedral musicEmitte spiritum tuum - Cathedral music (2007)
20th century
Sebastiaan Van Steenberge, Kurt Bikkembergs, Peter Pieters, Willem Ceuleers, Noel Goemanne, Kurt Bikkembergs, Willem Ceuleers

Selectieve discografie als componist

Edgar TinelEdgar Tinel (2009)
romanticism
Capella SS Michaelis & Gudulae, Willem Ceuleers, Edgar Tinel, Willem Ceuleers, Willem Ceuleers
Triptic: Birth, Lament, DeathTriptic: Birth, Lament, Death (2008)
early music, 21st century / contemporary
Ensemble Polyfoon, Willem Ceuleers, Geert D'hollander, Thomas Ashewell, Josquin Desprez, Jacobus Vaet, Duarte Lobo, Arvo Pärt (...)
Emitte spiritum tuum - Cathedral musicEmitte spiritum tuum - Cathedral music (2007)
20th century
Sebastiaan Van Steenberge, Kurt Bikkembergs, Peter Pieters, Willem Ceuleers, Noel Goemanne, Kurt Bikkembergs, Willem Ceuleers
A 40 voix Les sommets de la polyphonieA 40 voix Les sommets de la polyphonie (2006)
early music
Huelgas ensemble, Willem Ceuleers, Josquin Desprez, Juan Bautista Gomes, Robert Wylkynson, Allesandro Striggio, Pieter Maessens, João Lourenço Rebelo (...)
Miniaturen voor archipelMiniaturen voor archipel (2000)
20th century
Kris Matthynssens, Pieter Stas, Goeyvaerts Strijktrio, Jan Van Landeghem, Bart Meynckens, Stefaan De Bruyne, Bart Van Kerchove, Boudewijn Buckinx (...)

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

Ik ben getrouwd met een kwaaie GrietIk ben getrouwd met een kwaaie Griet (2011)
European folk, Traditional folk
Cannamella, Nicolaus a Kempis, De Fanfaar, Peeter Cornet, Emballage Kado