"The Buskirk-Chumley Theater was packed Thursday evening, and about 50 people had to be turned away..on the stage guided by sensitive stage director Mihaela Bogdan, and a terrific violinist, music director Hebe de Champeaux, instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers acted out the enigmatic yet compelling tale... everyone seemed deeply into the spirit of the affair." -- Peter Jacobi (the Herald Times)
photo by Maurice Lammerts van Bueren
Hebe de Champeaux is a Dutch conductor, violinist, and mezzo-soprano residing in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Hebe began playing the violin at the age of 4, and continued to study music, receiving a Bachelors of Music in violin performance (Cum Laude) from San Francisco State University, a Masters of Music in instrumental conducting from Indiana University Bloomington, and a Bachelors of Music in choral conducting from the Amsterdam Conservatory. She studied orchestral direction under Imre Pallo, Thomas Baldner, Yair Samet, and choral direction under Jos Vermunt and Jos van Veldhoven. She studied voice at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Hein Meens and Pierre Mak, and continued to take private voice lessons at the studio of James McCray in Den Haag. She has also studied voice with Ira Siff and Capucine Chiaudani. Hebe's most influential violin teacher was the late Jenny Rudin, who passed away in 2015. Hebe also had incredibly valuable instruction in chamber music from the Alexander String Quartet and Federico Agostini.
At Indiana University, she was named Graduate Assistant Conductor for the IU Opera Theater season 2004-2005, assisting the productions of Tosca, Dialogues of the Carmelites, The Magic Flute, Cenerentola, and La Bohème. She participated in conducting masterclasses around the globe with Kurt Masur, Jorma Panula, Boris Hinchev, and Colin Metters. She has recently also taken part in specialized workshops in early vocal music with Rebecca Stewart, and with Adrian van der Spoel and Gabriel Garrido. She participated in conducting workshops at the Kurt Thomas Course in Utrecht, and a modern chamber music festival in Fresno with the Alexander String Quartet and Frederico Agostini. In 2007, Hebe won the Jury's Prize at the Bela Bartok International Opera Conducting Competition, and in 2009 received recognition of honorable mention for the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship for women conductors. She worked as at the Edward Said Conservatory of Music from 2006-2007 as conductor of the orchestras and conductor of the Jerusalem Choir.
Currently, Hebe conducts the Audite Nova Chamber Choir, Leiden English Choir, Decamerone Chamber Choir, the Apeldoorns Symphonic Orchestra, the Autunno Ensemble, and the Symphonic Orchestra Sonante. She has also guest conducted the Leeuwarder Kamerkoor, and Toonkunstkoor Amsterdam, COV IJmuiden, and the Schütz Ensemble. In 2008, she guest-conducted at the Romanian Opera House in Cluj for the 2008 production of Maria de Buenos Aires, after doing the same production in Bloomington, Indiana in 2006 with her own ensemble, ExArt. Recent years have included work with the Promenade Orkest, Continuo Rotterdam, and Floregium Musicum. Hebe conducted the St. Petersburg State Academic Orchestra during a masterclass and performance of Mahler’s Symphony #5, and the Bulgarian State Opera during a masterclass and performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.
She organized the Tormis Choir Festival Amsterdam in November of 2010. Hebe also has performed regularly in duo concerts with organist Kirstin Gramlich and pianist Takashi Mizumoto. She has played violin in numerous orchestras and festivals including the Henri Mancini Institute, AIMS Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, Terre Haute Symphony, Carmel Symphony, Columbus Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and the Choir of London Palestine Music Festival. She studied violin and chamber music with the Alexander String Quartet at San Francisco State University. Hebe has sung with Meesters and Gezellen under the direction of Kaspars Putniņš, and the ZED Chamber Choir under the direction of Elisabeth Blom. She has performed as a soloist for various projects with her own ensembles, varying from repertoire by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Vaughan-Williams, and Jenkins. She sung as a soloist with the Prinses Irene Harmonieorkest and the Haarlems Gemengd Koor in a concert of Karl Jenkin's Armed Man.
Hebe is also pedagogically active and has given masterclasses in conducting at Bureau Huismuziek and the Muziekpakhuis in Amsterdam. She has also given various vocal workshops the most creative place in the Netherlands; Buitenkunst. She is passionate about helping form a new generation of classical music fans, and therefore gives violin lessons and children's choir to a select group of talented children.