The Brussels Philharmonic was founded in 1935 by the Belgian public broadcaster (NIR/INR). Over the years, the orchestra has performed with many top conductors and soloists. It enjoys an excellent reputation for performing premieres of new works and has collaborated with world-renowned composers such as Bartók, Stravinsky, Messiaen and Francesconi.

The orchestra’s historic home port is the Flagey building, where it rehearses and performs in Studio 4 – in acoustic terms one of the top concert halls in the world – and which serves as its home base for concerts in Brussels, Flanders and Europe.

music director

Stéphane Denève

Stéphane Denève is the music director of the Brussels Philharmonic. This top French conductor comes to Brussels with a clear mission: he designs his programmes combining 21st century music with the great classics, thereby opening up a dialogue between the repertoire of the past and that of the future.

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CffOR

The new platform that Denève and the Brussels Philharmonic are launching will play an important role in this regard: CffOR (Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire) is seeking to collect core information about symphonic compositions since the year 2000, and thus to initiate a broad international dialogue about compositions that will withstand the test of time.

In the words of Stéphane Denève: “The Brussels Philharmonic will perform works that may become the 21st-century repertoire: we are looking for works that orchestras enjoy playing and the audience enjoys listening to. A pioneering project!”

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international

Brussels Philharmonic has always had its own spot on the international stage, with invitations right from early on to the most important European festivals and regular dates in the large European capitals (Paris, London, Berlin, Vienna, Salzburg). With IMG Touring as its international representative, the orchestra is extending to new stages, both in Europe and beyond. In 16-17 this included an extensive tour to Japan, and in 18-19 a tour is planned to the east coast of the United States.

film

Something else that Brussels Philharmonic specialises in on an international scale is the performing and recording of soundtracks for films, series and games. The lasting partnership with Film Fest Gent took the orchestra to the studio and on stage with great names such as Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, Angelo Badalamenti, Craig Armstrong, Alan Silvestri and many others. International fame followed with awards such as the Golden Globe for ‘The Aviator’ (music by Howard Shore) and the Oscar for ‘The Artist’ (music by Ludovic Bource).

discography

Brussels Philharmonic is very active with recordings, which is no surprise when you consider its roots at Studio 4 in Flagey, as one of the world’s best in acoustics and with such great expertise in soundtrack recordings.

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cinema • renaud capuçon
Robert Groslot
Carter Burwell
Prokofiev • Romantic Suites