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Karel DESEURE, Conductor

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« Deseure is a magician in the pit.» - NRC Handelsblad - Micha Spel 2018

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

He has conducted Belgian and Dutch orchestras extensively with regular reinvitations from the Brussels Philharmonic, Liège Royal Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony and Arnhem Philharmonic orchestras.

In the recent years he has made his debut with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium and Württemberg Chamber Orchestra in Heilbronn. In 2018/19 Karel conducts the New Year concerts at Orkest van het Oosten, returns to the Flanders Symphony Orchestra and South Netherlands Philharmonic orchestra and makes his debut with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Highlights of the 2019/2020 season include returns to the Orkest van Het Oosten, South Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Flanders Symphony Orchestra and to the Dutch National Opera Academy.

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 of Bernstein’s A Quiet Place and Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera which he undertook that year 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 June 2020, Karel comes back to the Opera Zuid for a production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Karel has worked with international soloists such as Katia and Marielle Labèque, Lorenzo Gatto, Marc Bouchkov, Christianne Stotjin, Stefan Wieland or Elina Akselrud among others.

Originally a flautist, Karel earned his Master’s degree at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and studied conducting at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He was privileged to have masterclasses with world-acclaimed 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.

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

2019/20 - Please contact Véronique Jourdain Artists Management for any alterations.

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« Deseure is a magician in the pit, as he leads an outstanding South Netherlands Philharmonic and gives complete scope and color to all of Verdi’s masterful inventions, as they range from lighthearted to sinister, from plunking death rolls in the basses to the fairy-tale plink of the harp, and a pleasant martial band. » - NRC Handelsblad - Micha Spel 2018

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

He has conducted Belgian and Dutch orchestras extensively with regular reinvitations from the Brussels Philharmonic, Liège Royal Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony and Arnhem Philharmonic orchestras.

In the recent years he has made his debut with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium and Württemberg Chamber Orchestra in Heilbronn. In 2018/19 Karel conducts the New Year concerts at Orkest van het Oosten, returns to the Flanders Symphony Orchestra and South Netherlands Philharmonic orchestra and makes his debut with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Highlights of the 2019/2020 season include returns to the Orkest van Het Oosten, South Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Flanders Symphony Orchestra and to the Dutch National Opera Academy.

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 of Bernstein’s A Quiet Place and Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera which he undertook that year with Opera Zuid, as well as performances of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at the Hague Opera and in the pit of the Budapest Opera House. In June 2020, Karel comes back to the Opera Zuid for a production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Karel has worked with international soloists such as Katia and Marielle Labèque, Lorenzo Gatto, Marc Bouchkov, Christianne Stotjin, Stefan Wieland or Elina Akselrud among others.

Originally a flautist, Karel earned his Master’s degree at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and studied conducting at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He was privileged to have masterclasses with world-acclaimed 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.

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

2019/20 - Please contact Véronique Jourdain Artists Management for any alterations.

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