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Biography

One of Belgium’s most sought-after conductors of the new generation, Bart Van Reyn is passionate about opera, symphonic repertoire and oratorio.

He has recently been invited with a number of top vocal ensembles: the Nederlands Kamerkoor, the Flemish Radio Choir, the MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig, the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, the NDR Chor Hamburg, the Danish Radio Choir, Collegium Vocale Ghent, BBC Singers and the Rundfunkchor Berlin.

He studied conducting at the Royal Conservatoires of Antwerp and Brussels, and went on to specialise in Early Music performance practice at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague under Jos van Veldhoven. He studied orchestral conducting at the Wiener Meisterkurse and Accademia Chighiana Siena with Gianluigi Gelmetti. Musical encounters and collaborations with Philippe Herreweghe, Iván Fischer and Sir John Eliot Gardiner were decisive for him.

Known for his passionate and energetic approach, in the year 2000 Bart founded his own group, Octopus, a chamber choir and a symphony chorus. The ensembles swiftly generated a large amount of interest, and they have now performed with most of Belgium’s symphony orchestras at all of Belgium’s major festivals and concert venues, such as Bozar Brussels, deSingel Antwerp, De Bijloke Ghent, Concertgebouw Bruges, and also further afield at L’Arsenal Metz, Cité de la Musique Paris, De Doelen Rotterdam and the Tschaikowsky Conservatoire Moscow. As from 2013 the ensemble has structural funding from the Flemish Government.


In 2012 he founded Le Concert d’Anvers, a period instrument orchestra based in Antwerp, with a focus on 18th and early 19th century repertoire.
He is co-founder of the touring opera company The Ministry of Operatic Affairs. In 2013 they launched the project with Don Giovanni with great acclaim of press and audiences. In 2014 they staged Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice and in the 15-16 season they launch a new production of Così fan tutte.

Further afield, he conducted Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Theater Basel and he was Musical Director of Milan’s period instrument orchestra Musica Rara, with which he toured widely throughout Italy. He has conducted concerts in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland.

As Assistant Conductor he has worked for the opera houses of Brussels (La Monnaie), Antwerp and Ghent (Flanders Opera), Potsdam (Musikfestspiele Sanssouci), Basel (Theater Basel) and Nancy (Opéra National de Lorraine).