Music Personality of the Year: Frederik Styns
On Sunday 15 March 2020, the tenth edition of the presentation of the Klaras will be held in Studio 1 of Flagey. The Klaras, the prestigious Belgian Music Awards for the best classical music artists and personalities from both Belgium and abroad classical music, jazz or world music in 2019.
Frederik Styns is intendant of Flanders Symphony Orchestra. A few years ago, he took over from Dirk Coutigny. With Flanders Symphony Orchestra and chief conductors such as Jan Latham-Koenig and Kristiina Poska he managed to create work of an increasing international presence and took the orchestra’s projects – both on and off stage – to a next level.
Frederik emphasised new points with regard to talent development, education and outreach: from the SOV Composers' Academy, in cooperation with the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, and the recent foundation of SOV Young (its youth orchestra) to a collaboration with Amaj (playing music for the very young). Under the name of SOV Express he succeeded in building bridges to the outside world. To name one example: this year, a delegation of the orchestra gave a moving concert in a children’s hospital. – Jury report