Antoin HLKessel is a versatile musician, bass-baritone passionate about the repertoire from classical to modern & contemporary music.
Working together with cuban musicians & composers, Antoin HLKessel is performing the repertoire of cuban classical music in resonance with european music, musicians & composers. This experience brings the opportunity to create an ensemble for chamber music based in europe with cuban and european musicians as a transculturation process; connected to the actual way of the performing arts.
In Europe, Antoin HLKessel’s debut was with Francesco Filidei’s opera Giordano Bruno; T&M Paris and Ensemble Intercontemporain’s production in 2016 – 2017. He also participated at the residence programs of Festival d’Aix en Provence: Résidence Mozart in 2016 and Aldeburgh Festival: Residence for the 21th Century Artists in 2018. As member of ENOA he was invited to perform at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisboa in 2017 the main role in Giacomo Puccini’s opera Gianni Schicchi. Later in 2018 as resident artist at the Biennale di Venezia for the 63rd International Festival of Contemporary Music to perform the opera Push by Alvise Zambon.
The season 2019 – 2020 he was soloist singer in the opera ensemble of Theater Basel. He performed Luigi Nono opera Al gran sole calico d’amore, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and the main role in Le nozze di Figaro.
Since 2017 Antoin HLKessel is part of Equilibrium Mentoring for Young Professional Artist, an initiative created by the soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan. This opportunity gave Antoin HLKessel the chance to perform at world known concert halls, in festivals and with first class orchestras and ensembles: Ojai Music Festival and Aldeburgh Festival with Ludwig Orchestra, at DR Koncerthuset Copenhague with Danish National Symphonie Orchestra, at Berwaldhallen with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, with Musikkollegium Winterthur and Festival de Pâques d’Aix en Provence.
The film maker Itziar Leemans followed Antoin HLKessel, his brother and his sister to realise a documentary film named Parque Lenin. This documentary film participated in different international documentary film festivals; winning the first prize at the Moscow International Documentary Film Festival in 2016.
Antoin Herrera-Lopez Kessel hails from Havana, Cuba, where he studied classical and contemporary dance and later Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Informatics Sciences. He moved to France where he studied at Conservatoire de Besançon and subsequently at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon. He’s doing a Soloist Diploma at the Musik-Akademie Basel with Jürg Henneberger & Tatiana Korsunskaya specialising in Modern & Contemporary vocal repertoire.
- Opéra National du Rhin – Les Oiseaux, Walter Braunfels.
- Chamber Music Concert with ENSEMBLE DIAGONAL Musik-Akademie, Grosser Saal – Propos d’Alain for baritone and 11 musicians music by Goffredo Petrassi. Jürg Henneberger conductor. Friday, 25th. February 2022, 20h30.
- Stadttheater Klagenfurt – Rigoletto, Guiseppe Verdi.