Dirk Vermeulen enjoys an international reputation, mainly due to his high-profile interpretations of the eighteenth-century repertoire and early Romanticism. After completing his violin and music theory studies at the Royal Brussels Conservatory and at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, a brilliant career as a violinist followed.
Dirk Vermeulen conducted orchestras in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Poland, Russia, Iceland and Israel. He worked with well-known soloists such as Maria Joao Pires, José van Dam, Barbara Hendricks, Barbara Hannigan, Sabine Meyer, Isabelle Faust, Jeanine Jansen, Isabelle Van Keulen, Ronald Brautigam, Jaap van Zweden and Pieter Wispelwey, but also jazz musicians such as Toots Thielemans, Wayne Shorter and Diane Reeves.
Dirk Vermeulen has been chamber music teacher at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels since October 2000.
De Kinderen der Zee
Residing Conductor of CC ‘t Schaliken Turnhout, CC 'Zwaneberg' Heist-op-den-Berg (B)
Permanent Guest Conductor of Filharmonica de Stat Oradea (RO), and Slovak Sinfonietta (SK)
Guest Conductor of a.o.:
* BRTN, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie (B),
* Rundfunkchor BR München, SDR Stuttgart, WDR Köln, NDR Hamburg,
* Staatsoper Orchester Budapest, Budapest Chambre Orchestra, Debrecen Philharmoniker (H),
* Statny Komorny Orchester Zilina, Statni Komorni Filharmonie Ceske Budejovice,
Janacek Philharmonie, Martinu Filharmonie, Filharm. Hradec Kralové, Moravska Filharmonie (CZ),
* State Choir Latvija, Riga (LT), Filarmonica de Stat Sibiu (RO), Tallinn Philharmonic Orchestra Estonia
* Moscou New Chamber Orchestra, Capella Cracoviensis (PL), Polish Choir (Krakow)
In Manus Tuas
Where are the snows of yesteryear?
1988: Winner first Prize of the Leeds Directors' Competition
1994: Head Conductor of the Sinfonia 21
1994-2005: Associated Main Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
2005-2007: Artistic Director of the Cheltenham Music Festival
2009-2013: Main Guest Conductor of the DeFilharmonie (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders)
from 2013: Main Conductor of the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra Japan
Music director of the Tromsø Symphony Orchestra and The Norwegian Wind Ensemble, Artistic director of the Northern Norway's Northern Lights Festival and the Opera Nord
1993: Artistic director of the 'Det Norske Blaseensemble'
2001-2004: Permanent Guest Conductor of the Vlaams Radio Orkest
2007: Main Conductor and Artistic director of the Sweden’s DalaSinfonietta
The Flemish Connection, Orchestral Music II
1997: First Permanent Conductor of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
2000-2009: Music director of the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, Permanent Guest Conductor of the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto
2012-2013: General music director of the Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden
In Flanders' Fields 33 (Tracks 1-2)
°13.04.1928, Brussel - †30.09.2004, Brussel
Conductor, music professor, cellist
1953: Conductor of the Orchestra at Alhambratheater
1956: Conductor of the BRT Omroeporkest
1963: Conductor of the BRT Variété- and Festival-orkest - 1966: first Conductor of the BRT
1978: Permanent Main Conductor of the BRT-Filharmonisch Orkest
In Flanders' Fields 33 (Tracks 3-6)
1981-1997: Conductor of the BBC, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Vienna State Opera, La Fenice (Venice), Royal Danish Theatre, Rome Opera
1997-2002: Music Director of the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg and Opéra National du Rhin
2011: Artistic Director of the OFUNAM, Orchestra of University of Mexico, Music Director of the Municipal Theater of Santiago (Chili), and Main Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Teatro Regio Torino Italy
2011: Main Conductor of the Novaya Opera Moscow
Flemish Connection IV
Alexander Rahbari is an Iranian composer and conductor.
He has collaborated with more than 120 european orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
From 1988 to 1996 Rahbari was principal conductor of the Vlaams Radio Orkest (now Brussels Philharmonic) and then became music director of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.
Flemish Romantic Music
°30.12.1943, Lier - †22.06.2017, Wilrijk
1962: flute soloist of KVO Antwerpen - 1968: flute soloist of Groot Symfonieorkest van BRT/RTB
From 1967: flute professor of the Stedelijke Muziekacademie Lier, Mechelen, Willebroek
1970: Conductor of the Omroeporkest, Groot Symfonieorkest BRT/RTB, and Guest Conductor of the NOB, Philharmonie Antwerpen, Orchestra of Luik, Angelicum of Milano, Radiosinfonieorchester der sender freies Berlin, Istanbul State Symphony orchestra, Gottwaldow Symphonic Orchestra, Orchestra Lirica de Tirreno Bastia, Radio-sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Nationaltheater Mannheim
2001 until his retirement: Professor of Orchestra Direction of the Erasmushogeschool Brussel, departement Koninklijk Conservatorium
Romantische Symfonische muziek
Romantic Orchestral Music - Vol. I
Romantic Orchestral Music - Vol. II