Korneel Bernolet made his debut at age 19 as a continuo player for Sigiswald Kuijken’s Bach recording cycle, followed by a Young Musician of the Year award from the Belgian Music Press Association in 2014. Since then, he performs worldwide as a harpsichord and fortepiano recital soloist. As a conductor, he leads his own period-instrument orchestra, Apotheosis, and acts a.o. as an assistant conductor and continuo player to Christophe Rousset (Les Talens Lyriques) and Philippe Herreweghe respectively.
Korneel has recently gained international acclaim for his highly praised guest-conductorships with Anima Eterna Brugge (replacing Jos van Immerseel) and Collegium Vocale Ghent in 2018, performing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Chorfantasie in Bruges and Frankfurt; and as festival star of the 2019 Canberra International Music Festival, playing and guest conducting 7 different Bach concerts in only 10 days. His 2019 CD with Rameau’s Pygmalion is considered a new reference recording.
In 2016 he was appointed as Professor of Harpsichord at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, where he teaches on the famous Dulcken 1747 harpsichord at Museum Vleeshuis. Korneel is a PhD researcher at Antwerp University, an instructor and conductor at the International Opera Academy Ghent, and a passionate recording engineer. He has recorded several CDs with Apotheosis for Et’cetera Records and Ramée and, following reviews, is considered a leading expert on French baroque style.