Brussels Philharmonic

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Brussels Philharmonic
Brussels Phil 2013 - Bart Dewaele.jpg
Brussels Philharmonic in 2013
Former name
  • BRT Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Flemish Radio Orchestra
Founded 1935
Location Brussels, Belgium
Concert hall Studio 4, Flagey
Principal conductor Stéphane Denève

The Brussels Philharmonic is a Belgian orchestra located in Brussels. Formerly known as the BRT Philharmonic Orchestra, and later as the Flemish Radio Orchestra, the orchestra has been linked to the Flemish public broadcaster NIR/INR (the present VRT).

The orchestra was founded in 1935 as a studio ensemble of public broadcasting with the name of Groot Symfonie-Orkest.[1] In 1998, it began its independent existence as the VRT Radio Orkest (Flemish Radio Orchestra). From 2008, the orchestra took the new name of the Brussels Philharmonic. Since 2005, the residence of the orchestra is Studio 4 of the renovated Place Flagey in Brussels. The orchestra also gives concerts in the BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts. The orchestra also plays elsewhere in Flanders, as well as abroad in London, Vienna and Tokyo. The orchestra also performs as accompanying ensemble with the Royal Ballet of Flanders.

The orchestra's prior chief conductor from 2008 to 2015, Michel Tabachnik, now has the title of Conductor Emeritus of the orchestra. The orchestra's current Music Director is Stéphane Denève, as of the 2015-2016 season.[2][3] One new initiative scheduled for Denève's tenure is the establishment of CffOR (Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire), for commissioning new compositions. With the orchestra, Denève has commercially recorded music of Guillaume Connesson.,[4] and Sergei Prokofiev.

In 2017, Brussels Philharmonic and Stéphane Denève accompanied the finale of the Queen Elisabeth Competition for cello.

Chief conductors[edit]

Selected recordings[edit]

CD series include CDs for Radio Klara and recordings for the French center of Romantic music, Palazzetto Bru Zane. The orchestra has notably recorded the scores for The Aviator, composed by Howard Shore, and The Artist, composed by Ludovic Bource. The orchestra received the Choc de Classica and the Diapason d'or of the year in 2016 for their Deutsche Grammophon recording of music of Guillaume Connesson, 'Pour sortir au jour'.[5]

Since 2015, the Brussels Philharmonic is recording for Deutsche Grammophon.

  • Connesson – Pour sortir au jour | Brussels Philharmonic & Mathieu Dufour conducted by Stéphane Denève, (2016)
  • Prokofiev – Romantic Suites | Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Stéphane Denève, (2017)

Since 2011, the Brussels Philharmonic has been producing recordings through its own label, Brussels Philharmonic Recordings.

Film Music[edit]

  • 2004 - The Aviator
  • 2011 - The Artist
  • 2012 - Parade's End
  • 2013 - The White Queen
  • 2015 - High Rise
  • 2015 - Marguerite
  • 2015 - Michiel de Ruyter
  • 2016 - A Quiet Passion


  1. ^ (NL)Van den Buys, K., Segers, K. Het Orkest. Van Radio-Orkest tot Brussels Philharmonic in Flagey, Lannoo Campus, Leuven: 2013. Pag. 20
  2. ^ Roeland Byl (2014-06-27). "Brussels Philharmonic profileert zich met nieuwe dirigent". Knack. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  3. ^ James McCarthy (2014-06-27). "Stéphane Denève to become Chief Conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic". Gramophone. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  4. ^ Sophie Bourdais (2016-08-29). "Pour sortir au jour". Telerama. Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  5. ^ "Diapason d'or of the Year 2016" (Press release). Brussels Philharmonic. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 2017-01-02. 

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