Otto Derolez is concertmaster of the Brussels Philharmonic, and generally considered to be one of the most important violinists of Belgium. After brilliant studies at the Royal Conservatories of Ghent and Brussels, with Professors such as Rudolf Werthen and Philippe Hirschhorn, he graduated at the Internationale Musikakademie für Solisten (IMAS) in Wolfenbüttel, Germany, under the guidance of Professor André Gertler. He also received support and guidance from Professors Yfrah Neaman. He made his debut with the Brussels Philharmonic in 1999, with Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben. With this orchestra he has performed the world premières of violin concertos by Jeroen d'Hoe and Michel Tabachnik, both dedicated to Otto Derolez.
Otto Derolez is also a very active chamber musician. Since 1992 he has been a member of the Prometheus Ensemble, with which he recorded Schubert's Octet and Trout Quintet, Stravinsky's l'Histoire du Soldat, Schoenberg's First Chamber Symphony and Transfigured Night. He has been a jury member of the International Verbier Festival Orchestra, as well as the International Violin Competition Henri Vieuxtemps.
He performed as a soloist in the most prestigious concerthalls , such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, the Festival Hall in Osaka, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, just to name a few. In 2005, invited by deFilharmonie (Royal Philharmonic Antwerp), he was highly acclaimed for his performance of the John Adams Violin Concerto. Shortly after that, another major success followed with the Alban Berg Violin Concerto and Brussels Philharmonic under the baton of Carlos Kalmar.
He is a string faculty coach of symphony orchestras of Royal Music Conservatories in Belgium and the Netherlands. In 2012 Otto was proposed by Leon Spierer (former Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic) to become a Faculty Professor at YOA-Orchestra of the Americas. After very successful projects in Chile and Panama, Otto Derolez, highly appraised for his musical leadership, is to join YOA again in 2014 in the Dominican Republic and on tour in the Carribean. Invited by ESTA, the European String Teachers Association, Otto Derolez gave a major presentation at the Oxford University in August 2013.
After a superb collaboration with Howard Shore in 2004, for the recording of the score of The Aviator, Mr.Shore dedicated a newly written piece to Otto Derolez,performed at the Film Fest Ghent in October 2013.
Otto Derolez, a highly acclaimed concertmaster and soloist, has performed and recorded filmscores from and with great composers such as Gabriel Yared, Stephen Warbeck, Angelo Badalamenti, Howard Shore, Carl Davis, Michel Legrand, Andres Goldstein, Daniel Tarrab, Dirk Brossé, Youki Yamamoto and many others.