Antoin Herrera-López Kessel is a versatile musician, bass-baritone passionate from classical to modern & contemporary music repertoire.
Working together with Cuban musicians & composers, the french-cuban singer Antoine Kessel is performing the classical music repertoire in resonance with European music, musicians & composers.
In Europe, Antoin HL Kessel’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 XXI Century Artists in 2018. 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.
Since 2017 Antoin HL Kessel is part of Equilibrium Mentoring for Young Professional Artist, an initiative created by the soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan. This opportunity gave Antoine Kessel 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 HL Kessel, 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 HL Kessel hails from La 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 & Soloist Diploma at the Musik-Akademie Basel.
- Pulcinella by Igor Stravinsky. EQUILIBRIUM – Göteborgs Symfoniker & Barbara Hannigan.
- Beatitudines, Testimonianza per Martin Luther King by Goffredo Petrassi – Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance & Barbara Hannigan.
- The First Officer, The death of Klinghoffer by John Adams – Norrlandsoperan Umeå.
- Saint Fraçois d’Assise by Olivier Messiaen – Ensemble Le Balcon, Festival Enescu & Maxime Pascal.
- Let us Garlands Bring by Gerald Finzi – New York Chamber Orchestra & Salvatore di Vittorio.