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Karel DESEURE, Conductor

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« Deseure is a magician in the pit.» - NRC Handelsblad

Belgian conductor Karel Deseure is an artist of natural conducting talent and authority, quickly becoming known for his thoughtful, intelligent approach and interpretative flair.

Early career
As a flautist, Karel graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and studied conducting at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He was privileged to have masterclasses with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Peter Ëotvös and Jorma Panula. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious conducting scholarship of the Anton Kersjes Foundation and from 2013-2015 was appointed assistant conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2016 he became Valery Gergiev’s assistant at the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and also assisted Sir Mark Elder and Daniele Gatti in two series of concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

Symphonic guest conducting
In the early stage of his career Karel conducts Belgian and Dutch orchestra extensively with collaborations with the Brussels Philharmonic, Liège Royal Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony, Arnhem Philharmonic orchestras and philharmonie zuidnederland.

He also makes his debut with the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester and the Belgian National Orchestra. In 2018/19 he conducts the Württembergische Kammerorchester in Heilbronn and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Highlights of the 2019/2020 season include returns to the Orkest van Het Oosten, philharmonie zuidnederland, Antwerp and Flanders Symphony Orchestras.

In 2020/21 Karel Deseure returns to the philharmonie zuidnederland in Dvorak Symphony no.9 and Bach Mattheus Passion and to the Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a cine-programme including the film The Red Violin and music by John Corigliano. The 2021/22 season includes a Philip Glass/Nico Muhly programme at the Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra Istanbul with soloists Katia and Marielle Labèque and a John Williams production at the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.

Operatic career
Karel’s operatic career started with successful debut at the Opera Zuid in 2016 conducting Puccini La Bohême. Contributing to his success were critically acclaimed tours in 2018/19 of Bernstein’s A Quiet Place and Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera which he undertook with Opera Zuid, as well as performances of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at the Hague Opera and in the pit of Budapest Opera House.

In 2021/22 he is due to conduct Kurt Weill Der Silbersee at the Flanders Opera, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Humperdinck Hansel und Gretel, both at the Opera Zuid.

In 2018 he is awarded the Schaunard Award in recognition of his opera work in the Netherlands.

General Management
https://kareldeseure.com/
2020/21 - Please contact Véronique Jourdain Artists Management for any alterations.

« Deseure is a magician in the pit.» - NRC Handelsblad

Belgian conductor Karel Deseure is an artist of natural conducting talent and authority, quickly becoming known for his thoughtful, intelligent approach and interpretative flair.

Early career
As a flautist, Karel graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and studied conducting at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He was privileged to have masterclasses with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Peter Ëotvös and Jorma Panula. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious conducting scholarship of the Anton Kersjes Foundation and from 2013-2015 was appointed assistant conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2016 he became Valery Gergiev’s assistant at the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and also assisted Sir Mark Elder and Daniele Gatti in two series of concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

Symphonic guest conducting
In the early stage of his career Karel conducts Belgian and Dutch orchestra extensively with collaborations with the Brussels Philharmonic, Liège Royal Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony, Arnhem Philharmonic orchestras and philharmonie zuidnederland.

He also makes his debut with the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester and the Belgian National Orchestra. In 2018/19 he conducts the Württembergische Kammerorchester in Heilbronn and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Highlights of the 2019/2020 season include returns to the Orkest van Het Oosten, philharmonie zuidnederland, Antwerp and Flanders Symphony Orchestras.

In 2020/21 Karel Deseure returns to the philharmonie zuidnederland in Dvorak Symphony no.9 and Bach Mattheus Passion and to the Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a cine-programme including the film The Red Violin and music by John Corigliano. The 2021/22 season includes a Philip Glass/Nico Muhly programme at the Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra Istanbul with soloists Katia and Marielle Labèque and a John Williams production at the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.

Operatic career
Karel’s operatic career started with successful debut at the Opera Zuid in 2016 conducting Puccini La Bohême. Contributing to his success were critically acclaimed tours in 2018/19 of Bernstein’s A Quiet Place and Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera which he undertook with Opera Zuid, as well as performances of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at the Hague Opera and in the pit of Budapest Opera House.

In 2021/22 he is due to conduct Kurt Weill Der Silbersee at the Flanders Opera, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Humperdinck Hansel und Gretel, both at the Opera Zuid.

In 2018 he is awarded the Schaunard Award in recognition of his opera work in the Netherlands.

General Management
https://kareldeseure.com/
2020/21 - Please contact Véronique Jourdain Artists Management for any alterations.

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Highlights

AMSTERDAM : KAREL DESEURE APPOINTED PROFESSOR OF CONDUCTING

In 2019, Karel Deseure is appointed Professor of conducting at the Amsterdam University of the Arts.
https://www.conservatoriumvanamsterdam.nl/en/news/2019/1/conductor-karel-deseure-to-join-cva-conducting-department/

NETHERLANDS : SCHAUNARDS AWARD 2018

In 2018 Karel Deseure is awarded the Schaunard Award in recognition of his opera work in the Netherlands.
https://www.operamagazine.nl/featured/46604/karel-deseure-wint-schaunard-award-2018/