Dirk Brossé, born in Ghent, Belgium, in 1960, is a multi-faceted composer and a respected conductor on the international music scene. He is currently Music Director of ‘The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia’, Music Director of the Filmfestival Ghent and Music Director and principal conductor of the ‘Star Wars in Concert World Tour’.
He began his music studies at the Music Conservatories of Ghent and Brussels. He subsequently specialised in conducting, which he studied in Maastricht, Vienna and Cologne. Alongside his many guest professorships, he is currently Professor of composition and conducting at the School of Arts / Royal Conservatory of Music in Ghent.
Dirk Brossé has conducted all the leading orchestras, among them, the London Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Shanghai, the Vancouver Opera, the KBS Symphony Orchestra of South Korea, l’ Orchestra de l’Opéra de Lyon, the World Symphony Orchestra Japan, the Camerata St Petersburg, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
Besides this, on numerous occasions, Dirk Brossé has composed for the theatre and the cinema. His best-known soundtracks are ‘Koko Flanel’, ‘Licht’, Stijn Coninx’s ‘de Kavijaks’ and ‘Daens’ (Academy Award Nominee, 1993), Marian Handwerker’s ‘Marie’, Martin Koolhoven’s ‘Knetter’, and Jaques Feyder’s 1925 silent film ‘Visages d’Enfants’. He wrote the scores for the renowned BBC/HBO TV series Parade’s End.
In 2007 Dirk Brossé made his debut in the Royal Albert Hall, conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in ‘A Night of Music from the Movies’, with guest appearances by such renowned actors as Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh.
Dirk Brossé has been awarded the title ‘Cultural Ambassador of Flanders’. He has received numerous prizes, among them, the Flemish Government’s ‘Gouden Erepenning’ award for merit and the prestigious Achiel Van Acker Award. He is an Advisory Board Member of the independent think tank ‘Itinera Institute’.
In late 2010 EMI Classics released the 6 CD Box ‘Dirk Brossé, A Portrait in Music’.
CD 'For the Record: Shigeru Umebayashi' (2010, Film Fest Gent)
Brussels Philharmonic | Dirk Brossé, conductor