Karel Deseure

Karel Deseure

CONDUCTOR
“It was the orchestra in the pit that commanded your attention. Led by the Belgian Karel Deseure (who made his opera conducting debut) the South Netherlands Philharmonic played with great warmth and engagement, with a sense of phrasing and musical direction, and with beautifully highlighted details”

De Limburger, May 2016


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Overview

Assistant Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013-2015, young Belgian conductor Karel Deseure is a highly gifted artist with a deeply thoughtful musical approach and a calm authority on the podium. He has already conducted orchestras such as The Hague Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Flanders Symphony Orchestra, and in spring 2016 made his opera debut with performances of Puccini’s La Bohème at Opera Zuid with the South Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Full Biography

Assistant Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013-2015, young Belgian conductor Karel Deseure has made many significant guest conducting debuts in recent seasons. These have included the Flanders Symphony, The Hague Philharmonic, Ensemble Ludwig, South Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra. The 16/17 season sees return visits to the Brussels Philharmonic, Royal Liège Philharmonic and Arnhem Philharmonic, and a debut with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra.

In spring 2016, Karel made a critically acclaimed opera debut at Opera Zuid in the South Netherlands with Puccini’s La Bohème. In the same season, he worked as assistant conductor with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Wagner’s Lohengrin and stepped in for Valery Gergiev during rehearsals with the Rotterdam Philharmonic.

After earning his Master’s degree with great distinction as flautist at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp in 2008, Karel studied conducting at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. In 2012, he won 2nd prize and the public’s prize at the ‘Concours International de Direction d’Orchestre’ in Paris, and later that year he was awarded the prestigious conducting scholarship of the Anton Kersjes Foundation.

Karel is privileged to have been chosen for prestigious international masterclasses: with Bernard Haitink during the 2014 Lucerne Festival; with Peter Eötvös at the IRCAM with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; and with Christopher Seaman and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.

Artist Website: http://www.kareldeseure.com

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News

New signing: Belgian conductor Karel Deseure

July 5th, 2016

Young Belgian conductor joins the roster.

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Reviews

“…the true hero stands in the orchestra pit”
De Volkskrant, May 2016

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“It was the orchestra in the pit that commanded your attention. Led by the Belgian Karel Deseure (who made his opera conducting debut) the South Netherlands Philharmonic played with great warmth and engagement, with a sense of phrasing and musical direction, and with beautifully highlighted details
De Limburger, May 2016

 

 

 

 

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Artist Manager

Laura Swarbrick (Cambridge)
laura.swarbrick@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706028