The orchestra
first.violins
Jo Vercruysse.
Arman Simonian.
Erik Sluys.
Nathalie Hepp.
Bence Abraham.
Hilde Coppieters.
Peter Hellemond.
Veerle Houbraken.
Eva Stijnen.
Annerien Stuker.
second.violins
Gudrun Verbanck. soloist
Isabelle Buyck. soloist
Geraldine De Baets. soloist
Marcel Andriesii.
Tim Breckpot.
Isabelle Decraene.
Liesbet Jansen.
violas
Kris Hellemans. viola . soloist
Annemie Vercauteren. viola . soloist
Bruno De Schaepdrijver. viola
Lieve Dreelinck. viola
Bieke Jacobus. viola
Kaatje Strauven. viola
Korneel Taeckens. viola
cellos
Renaat Ackaert. cello . soloist
Jan Van Kelst. cello . soloist
Isabelle Brys. cello . soloist
Caroline Steen. cello
Wouter Vercruysse. cello
Hélène Viratelle. cello
double.basses
Koenraad Hofman. double bass . soloist
Jan Verheye. double bass . soloist
Bram Decroix. double bass
Sanne Deprettere. double bass
woodwind
Caroline Peeters. flute
Veerle Secember. flute . piccolo
Korneel Alsteens. oboe
Carola Dieraert. oboe
Frank Coryn. clarinet
Tom Daans. clarinet
Koen Coppé. bassoon
Tamara Smits. bassoon
brass
Bruno Melckebeke. horn
Lies Molenaar. horn
Frank Clarysse. horn
Steven Bossuyt. trumpet
Bart Coppé. trumpet
Bob Van Der Strieckt. trombone
Charlotte Van Passen. trombone
Konstantin Koev. trombone
Ries Schellekens. tuba
percussion
Antoine Siguré. timpani
Wim De Vlaminck. percussion instruments
harp
Anouk Sturtewagen. harp

The Flanders Symphony Orchestra.

 

For over fifty years, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra has been a beacon of  the Flemish orchestral landscape. Composed of sixty highly committed and passionate musicians, and led by renowned (guest) conductors, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra both performs and creates new compositions as well as electrifying renditions of the main symphonic repertoire from the classical period onwards. The orchestra fulfils an exemplary role in creating opportunities for young, talented musicians, composers, soloists and conductors.

 

Thanks to its own concert series in the major venues of Flanders and Brussels, the orchestra succeeds in reaching a very large and loyal audience. In addition, the orchestra is often invited to international venues in France, Germany and The Netherlands.

 

From the season 2013-2014 onwards the British conductor Jan Latham-Koenig will succeed Japanese Seikyo Kim as the chief conductor of the Flanders Symphony Orchestra. Latham-Koenig is considered as one of the best conductors of the United Kingdom and has already built up extensive experience in operatic and symphonic repertoire. He is the artistic director of the Moscow Novaya Opera and the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM in Mexico City.

 

By appointing Jan Latham-Koenig as his chief conductor, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra wishes to make the symphonic repertoire accessible from classicism to the present to a wide and diverse audience. Each concert is a unique experience thanks to a well-balanced and bold programme. In addition, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra contributes strongly to cultural education and youth activities in Flanders using a travelling exhibition on the instruments of the orchestra.

 

The orchestra was founded in 1960 by engineer Dirk Varendonck who also was its first conductor. From 1984 onwards the ‘Nieuw-Vlaams Symfonieorkest’ was conducted by Patrick Peire, Robert Groslot and Fabrice Bollon. The orchestra finally adopted its current name in the mid-1990s upon the arrival of the orchestra’s current manager, Dirk Coutigny. Since then the orchestra has been conducted successively by David Angus, Etienne Siebens and Seikyo Kim as their principal conductor.