Karel Deseure (°1983) is the assistant conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
He studied the flute at the Antwerp Royal Flemish Conservatory where he graduated magna cum laude as ‘Master in Music’. He also studied orchestral conduction with Jac van Steen and Kenneth Montgomery at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag. Master classes with amongst others Jorma Panula, Otto Tausk, Marc Albrecht and Arie van Beek even deepened his training.
In March 2012, Deseure won the Second Prize and the Prize of the Public at the ‘Concours International de Direction d’Orchestre’ in Paris. In December of the same year, he was granted the renowned conduction prize of the Kersjes Foundation.
Deseure was elected conductor of the ‘Ligeti-Academy’ of the ASKO/Schönberg Ensemble during the 2011-2012 season. He also collaborated with the Holland Festival, the Dutch National Opera Academy and the Codarts Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2012-2013 season Karel Deseure made his début with the Flanders Symfphony Orchestra, conducting Beethoven’s ‘Fifth Symphony’ and ‘Fifth Piano Concerto’. During the 2013-2014 season, Deseure conducted several productions of the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, the Residentie Orchestra and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.