Niels Berentsen

Niels Berentsen (1987) is a singer, researcher, and music educator. Niels regularly appears as a tenor-soloist in cantatas and oratorios, and performs with vocal ensembles such as The Ascoli Ensemble (The Hague) and Capella Sancta Maria (Amsterdam). He is the founder of Ensemble Diskantores, dedicated to medieval polyphony. His opera debut, as Grimoaldo in a production of G.F. Händel’s Rodelinda regina de’ Longobardi, took place in 2015.

Niels has taught the theory and performance of medieval and Renaissance music at the Royal Conservatoire (The Hague) since 2011. Recently, he led the Renaissance Ensemble of the conservatoire in a performance of Antoine de Févin’s Requiem.

As a researcher, Niels has investigated techniques of polyphonic improvisation in the 1300-1500 period. For this he received his doctorate from the University of Leiden in 2017. Guest-lessons and workshops on polyphonic improvisation have been given at the Russian Gnessin’s Academy of Music (Moscow), the Israel Conservatory of Music (Tel-Aviv), the Conservatory of Amsterdam, the Kodály Institute (Kecskemét), and the House of Polyphony (Leuven).