Bart Van Reyn

Category:dirigent, muzikant, hedendaagse muziek
Actual/previous member of:Octopus, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK)


Since the 19-20 season, Bart Van Reyn is music director of the Vlaams Radiokoor. His dynamic approach, thorough knowledge of the repertoire and great passion for the métier is fully in keeping with the distinctive DNA of the Radiokoor. Together they will work today on the history of tomorrow, as guardians of the rich vocal heritage.

One of Belgium’s most sought-after conductors of the new generation, Bart Van Reyn is at home in a wide repertoire: from baroque to contemporary, both in oratorio, opera and symphonic repertoire as well as a cappella music – with the voice at the heart of it. Bart is music director of the Danish National Radio Choir since 2016, and is regularly invited for productions with internationally renowned choirs such as Cappella Amsterdam, Netherlands Radio Choir, Netherlands Chamber Choir, MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, NDR Chor Hamburg, Rundfunkchor Berlin, DR Vokalensemblet, Collegium Vocale Gent and the BBC Singers.  

Bart is founder of Octopus, a chamber choir and a symphony chorus, and of Le Concert d’Anvers, a period instrument orchestra with a focus on 18th and early 19th century repertoire. More recently he co-founded the touring opera company The Ministry of Operatic Affairs, known for their critically acclaimed productions of Don Giovanni, Orfeo ed Euridice, Così fan tutte, Dido & Aeneas, and Acis & Galatea.

Alongside the many varied vocal projects, Bart Van Reyn is frequently invited by instrumental ensembles at home and abroad, including Brussels Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Cappella Augustina Köln, NDR Radiophilharmonie, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.  His passionate approach and expertise make Bart the ideal match for contemporary composers, resulting in his collaborations with Steve Reich, Tan Dun, James MacMillan and Kaija Saariaho.

Selective discography

CPE Bach - Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt JesuCPE Bach - Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu (2022)
Il Gardellino, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Bart Van Reyn, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK)
Ton sur tonTon sur ton (2020)
Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Bart Van Reyn
Joseph Haydn - Piano concerto in D major, Symphonies Nos. 80 & 81Joseph Haydn - Piano concerto in D major, Symphonies Nos. 80 & 81 (2019)
Le Concert d'Anvers, Joseph Haydn, Bart Van Reyn, Lucas Blondeel
Birds of ParadiseBirds of Paradise (2015)
Octopus, Bart Van Reyn, Diverse componisten
Lux AeternaLux Aeterna (2007)
Octopus, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Bart Van Reyn, Joseph Rheinberger, Johann Sebastian Bach, Edward Elgar, Johannes Brahms, Eric Whitacre (...)

Selectieve discografie als componist

L'Homme Armé - oorlog als muzeL'Homme Armé - oorlog als muze (2004)
early music
Ensemble Polyfoon, Lieven Deroo, Guillaume Dufay, Warre Borgmans, Johannes Regis, Giacomo Carissimi, Antoine Brumel, Josquin Desprez (...)

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