Koen Kessels

Category:muzikant, docent, artistiek leider, dirigent, hedendaagse muziek
Genre(s):20ste eeuw, 21ste eeuw / hedendaags


Koen Kessels started his career as conductor with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Subsequently he worked at the Monnaie Opera in Brussels and as assistant conductor at the Flanders Opera. His repertoire includes the grand opera as well as contemporary work with internationally renowned companies and orchestras contributing also to productions for the Opera de Paris, the Salzburger Festspiele, the Nationale Opera Sofia, Covent Garden… His interest in contemporary music was shaped in projects with the ensemble Champ d’Action. In 1999 he founded his own HERMESensemble, specialized in contemporary music, collaborating with composers including Luc Ferrari and Kaija Saariaho. At the invitation of Saariaho and Gerard Mortier, he worked with Kent Nagano on the world premiere of “l’Amour de Loin” at the Salzburger Festspiele 2000. Koen Kessels is music director of the Zomeropera Festival Alden Biesen and is member of the artistic direction at the Conservatory of Music in Antwerp.

From 2010-2011 he will lead as artistic director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet until 2015.

Selective discography

Delibes Léo - CoppéliaDelibes Léo - Coppélia (2011)
Koen Kessels, Léo Delibes
Tribute to Jerome RobbinsTribute to Jerome Robbins (2011)
romanticism, theatre music
Koen Kessels, Orchestre de L'opéra de Paris
Tsjaikovski. The NutcrackerTsjaikovski. The Nutcracker (2010)
Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Modest Iljitsj Tsjaikovski, Koen Kessels
Sporen '09Sporen '09 (2009)
Koen Kessels, Domonkos Hèja
André Laporte - Symphonic & vocal worksAndré Laporte - Symphonic & vocal works (2007)
20th century
Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), André Laporte, Vlaams Radio Orkest, André Laporte, Koen Kessels, Vic Nees
Lexicon van de muziek in West-Vlaanderen 4Lexicon van de muziek in West-Vlaanderen 4 (2006)
20th century
Eline Groslot, Bram Nolf, Ebony kwartet, Viviane Spanoghe, HERMESensemble, Less is more, Geert Callaert, Quintessens (...)
ConVerSations / ConSerVationsConVerSations / ConSerVations (2005)
20th century, Jazz
Koen Kessels, Kris Defoort
Goeyvaerts Karel - amor[t]Goeyvaerts Karel - amor[t] (2000)
20th century
Jan Michiels, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Prometheus Ensemble, Vlaams Radio Orkest, ChampdAction, Ilse Duyck, Koen Kessels, Jan Michiels (...)
Stefan Meylaers, portrait of a composerStefan Meylaers, portrait of a composer (2000)
20th century
Piet Van Bockstal, New Art Trio, Luc Bergé, Marc Vertessen, Kurt Gysen, Vera Baliko, Koen Kessels, Stefan Meylaers (...)
Bonjour Monsieur EnsorBonjour Monsieur Ensor (1999)
20th century
Vlaams Radio Orkest, Raymond Chevreuille, Filip Bral, Luc Van Hove, Koen Kessels, Renier Van der Velden, Michel Tilkin, Jules Strens (...)

Related Items

News:Koen Kessels muziekdirecteur van The Royal Ballet Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Londen (14.10.2014)
Koen Kessels muziekdirecteur Birmingham Royal Ballet (24.11.2009)